Aussie Dollar comes under pressure as US-China tensions resurface, and fears of a global slowdown take hold

The Australian Dollar has come under pressure in early trading today, although the fall has a lot further to go to wipe out the gains made by AUD over the past month and a half. Against the US Dollar the currency has lost over 1% over the past 24-hours as investors have piled into safe haven currencies and taken funds out of riskier currencies such as the Aussie.

Over in the US the Federal Reserve Bank has indicated plans for a less aggressive monetary policy next year than the markets had previously anticipated, and signs of a global slowdown with stock markets still selling off is concerning financial markets hence the sell-off.

AUD exchange rates haven’t been helped by comments out of the White House yesterday either. In the lead up to the G20 meeting next week there have been hopes of a truce between US President Donald Trump, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but yesterday as the White House said Beijing has failed to alter its ‘unfair’ practices. As China is such a key trading partner of Australia’s this is negative news for AUD which perhaps explains yesterday’s sell-off of the Aussie Dollar.

There are no economic data releases out of Australia this week, so I expect the GBP/AUD rate to continue to be driven by Brexit related updates which are coming through thick and fast at the moment. UK PM, Theresa May will be in Brussels today to discuss the Brexit agreement text with EU leaders for the first time since the text was announced last week.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

 

Housing market a concern for Australia

Over the last year Australian banks have found themselves tightening lending standards to the recommendations given by the Royal Commission in Australia and reports are suggesting further recommendations are on the horizon. Research found that banks were not checking peoples incomes and spending patterns correctly which meant the public were borrowing money they could not repay.

Early next year the Royal Commission are set to release their final report in regards to lending and if the commission decides further tightening is needed this is going to have a major impact on the Australian housing market and consequently the economy and dollar. If the banks stop lending UBS believe that the market will crash 30%. It’s key to note that house prices have dropped 13% in Perth and the figures are similar in other major cities.

For clients that are holding Australian dollars and are looking to purchase a foreign currency in the months to come, I’m expecting the dollar to have a tough start to 2019. It’s clear in my opinion that the Reserve Bank of Australia have their hands tied in regards to raising interest rates. House prices are falling and no ‘new’ money is coming into the market. If the RBA hiked interest rates it would put further pressure on Australian’s pockets and you would see people trying to sell their houses for cheaper and the housing market would fall further.

However it’s always important to analyse the other currency you will be converting. For example the pound is back under pressure due to Brexit, and opportunity has presented itself. If Theresa May manages to get the Brexit deal through Parliament you would expect the pound to strengthen in the upcoming months and the Australian dollar will lose value against the pound.

However on the other hand the US economy has been producing magnificent economic numbers over the last 12 months, however reports are suggesting a slow down in raising interest rates is on the horizon and now that Trump has lost the House, next years congress is going to be extremely interesting. Will they ask to see Trump’s tax returns and could this put major pressure on the dollar?

For more information in regards to a specific currency pair feel free to email with more information and I will get back in touch as soon as possible drl@currencies.co.uk.

 

 

Australian Dollar loses ground against most major currencies as trade war tension rises

Australian Dollar exchange rates have dropped away against all major currencies in treading today as tensions between the U.S and China rose once again over the weekend.

The Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar topped the weakest major currencies of the day and much of this can be pinned down to the uncertainty surrounding the trade negotiations between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.

As many regular readers will be aware any heightened tensions between the U.S and China can lead to weakness for the Australian Dollar, as the Australian economy can be susceptible to bad news from China.

 RBA meeting minutes tomorrow morning

We have seen a slight improvement in certain areas of the Australian economy recently, however most analysts do not believe that there has been enough to warrant a change in stance from the Reserve Bank of Australia regarding any interest rate changes. Interest rates have remained stable in Australia for a long time now and this is also another reason why the Australian Dollar has lost ground against a number of major currencies over the course of the year.

An higher interest rate will make a currency more attractive to investors as it means they are offered a greater level of return for their money, and with other central banks such as the Federal Reserve in the U.S raising rates on numerous occasions over the past year or so the Australian Dollar has been somewhat left behind.

Should the RBA take a more positive tone in their meeting minutes tomorrow then we may see a little strength back for the Australian Dollar, should their stance remain the same then focus will be back on any political news, such as the trade wars and for those that have an interest in the Australian Dollar against the pound then Brexit and Theresa May will be key.

Should you have the need to buy or sell a large volume of Australian Dollars in the near future and you would like my assistance then you are welcome to contact me (Daniel Wright) directly. You can email me on djw@currencies.co.uk with a brief description of what you are looking to do and I will be happy to contact you personally.

 

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast and the impact of the Brexit deal

After hitting above 1.80 earlier this month the rate to buy Australian Dollars with Pounds has fallen in to the 1.75 levels on the Interbank.

Primarily this was caused by the huge losses in the value of the Pound against a number of major currencies owing to the issues surrounding the proposed Brexit deal.

However, it was not just the news in the UK that caused the Pound to fall against the Australian Dollar.

During the course of this week the economy down under showed an improvement in the unemployment rate which fell to 5% and this caused investors to move money in to the AUD as it shows signs of a more positive economy.

The main news that caused the drop in the value of the Pound was the proposed Brexit deal. This caused a number of senior ministers to hand in their resignations including Brexit secretary Dominic Raab. He left citing differences in the deal and that he could not be part of the government owing to certain issues in the proposed deal which he could not agree upon.

Could the Brexit deal be changed?

Meanwhile this weekend a number of senior ministers in the Conservatives are planning to try and make changes to the draft Brexit deal.

Included in the group are Michael Gove and Liam Fox who have previously thrown their support behind Theresa May.

The Prime Minister has been busy trying to persuade the British public that she is determined to see this deal through.

The next stumbling block could come on 25th November when the EU summit takes place. The likelihood is that this is likely to get ratified but the real sticking point will come when the parliament has its say.

The current expectation is that the EU will approve the deal but that parliament will reject it and then the UK government will have 21 days to put forward a new plan and I think this will will increase the pressure on the value of the Pound.

Therefore, if you’re planning to buy Australian Dollars in the near future it may be worth getting this organised relatively quickly.

If you are thinking about making a currency transfer and would like to save money when transferring Australian Dollars then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast – GBP AUD Crashes after Brexit Secretary Resigns (James Lovick)

Pound to Australian dollar exchange rates have crashed dramatically with rates falling by more than 2% to the lows of 1.75/1.76 after a brutal day in British politics. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has reached an agreement with the EU over the draft withdrawal agreement but support from her cabinet is not unanimous. So far and in a single day there were seven government resignations including Brexit Secretary Dominc Raab which sent the pound tumbling. GBP to AUD rates now face yet another volatile day as the markets prepare for more government resignations and a possible leadership challenge.

Brexit supporter and chair of the backbench European Research Group has called for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister and believes that enough letters to the 1922 Committee will be reached in the comings days to trigger a vote of no confidence. The Prime Minister must also put in place a new Brexit Secretary and it has been reported that Environment Secretary Michael Gove has turned down the offer. Where that leaves Michael Gove is less clear and many are expecting a resignation which would add more pressure on Theresa May and further weakness for the GBP to AUD pair. The outlook is so uncertain in British politics that there is room for further weakness for the pound against the Australian dollar in the short term.

The Australian dollar meanwhile has been boosted after strong employment data down under pointing to health consumer spending. A further 42,300 jobs were created in October which was significantly higher than the September reading. This will be welcome news for the Reserve Bank of Australia which has held concerns over weak wage growth and low inflation. The belief is that an improving labour market will feed through to higher wages which will allow the central bank to start raising interest rates. This is starting to look likely for 2019 with a good chance we may see the first rate hike in August next year.

There are likely to be major movements in these coming days. For assistance in making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

GBP/AUD drops after May’s Brexit deal looks unlikely to get the support she needs

The Pound is down across the board of major currency pairs today, in most cases by over 1% at least with the GBP/AUD rate down by over 1.6% at the time of writing. Yesterday the Pound was increasing in value on hopes of May’s cabinet supporting her deal, but this morning the situation is very different with Sterling under increasing pressure.

This morning its emerged that Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary that took over from David Davis after he resigned, has this morning resigned himself stating that he ‘cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU’. This has put further pressure on Sterling with money markets now suggesting the chances of another interest rate hike from the Bank of England has now lowered.

Whether the Aussie Dollar will continue to climb against the Pound this morning will depend on whether there are further resignations from her cabinet, and also whether May can pass her Brexit deal through Parliament. The rumour mill suggests she will need to gain the support of of more than 50 hardcore Tory Brexiteers and Labour rebels. Donald Tusk has also hinted at concerns May could lose her position which would scupper the plans agreed over the past week.

Some key figures from within the hardcore Brexit movement have already announced their disapproval, and I think there could be further resignations based of the knee jerk reaction to her proposals.

Economic data is likely to take a back seat regarding GBP exchange rates at the moment, with Brexit remaining the main driver of currency value. If you wish to be updated in the event of a major market movement do feel free to register your interest.

If you have a large currency exchange to carry out in the coming days, weeks or months then you are more than welcome to speak with me directly as I will be more than happy to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the top market rate when you do come to buy your currency. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a huge difference so for the sake of taking two minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Joseph Wright) on jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast – Huge week ahead for Brexit

The Pound has once again broken through 1.80 against the Australian Dollar as it appears as though the UK has significantly taken steps forward over the Brexit talks.

A draft Brexit agreement has been put in place and today Theresa May will be holding a cabinet meeting in order to win support over the current deal between the UK and the European Union.

Since yesterday, Downing Street has been meeting ministers one by one in to discuss the draft agreement and the deal includes an agreement whereby there is no separate customs border for Northern Ireland.

There are divided opinions among MPs as to what they think of the proposed deal but Theresa May is hoping to get the backing from the cabinet at 2pm today.

I think owing to the changes made previously to the staff in the cabinet then I think it will get approved, which could then mean a meeting could take place at an emergency EU summit on 25th November.

If the cabinet agrees to sign off the deal then the European Union are likely to publish the 500 page draft agreement and also the shorter papers on both economic and security deals between the UK and the European Union.

However, even though I fully expect the agreement to be approved later on this afternoon this is just one step closer to a deal being done. Parliament will then still need to back the government’s proposal and at the moment some Tories as well as members of the DUP appear to be opposed to the current deal and so getting it through the House of Commons in the future could appear very difficult.

Economic Data in Australia

Turning the focus back to what is happening in Australia we will see the release of Australian Unemployment data due out tonight with expectation of a rise from 5% to 5.1% highlights problems with the economy down under.

With the Reserve Bank of Australia announcing earlier this month that they will be keeping interest rates on hold for the foreseeable future I think with unemployment rising this could cause further problems for the Australian Dollar.

If you would like a free quote when transferring Australian Dollars and would like to save money compared to using your own bank or another broker then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Australian unemployment figures due out tomorrow – Trade wars still key

Tomorrow we have the release of Australian unemployment figures and expectations are for the unemployment figures to have dropped off a little from 5% to 5.1% for October. This would be in stark contract to the latest release in New Zealand where the release came out at 3.9% recently, the best unemployment figures seen there since 2008.

Should the figure have risen a little as analysts are expecting then we may see a little weakness for the Australian Dollar in early trading on Wednesday, but in my own opinion I feel that political issues around the world are still the most important factor for the Australian Dollar against most major currencies.

First and foremost we have Donald Trump and his trade wars with China, one moment it looks like Trump is willing to compromise and broker a deal with his Chinese counterpart and then in the next breath he seems to go back into attack mode, aiming to lower tariffs for the U.S and to heap lots of them on China. With China being a major importer of Australian goods and services and a large volume of tourist dollars spent in Australia any move from Trump that is seen as negative for China tends to weaken the Australian Dollar and any positive vibes that come from the talks can give the Australian Dollar strength.

For anyone that has an interest in Sterling against the Australian Dollar, buying or selling then the next 36 hours are key. A Brexit deal appears to be edging ever closer however both sides are ‘cautiously optimistic’ which suggests that although a deal could be initially agreed by chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier’s latest deadline of tomorrow evening, if that does happen then GBP/AUD should surge through the 1.80 level however should talks fall through then we may be looking at trading closer to 1.76.

If you are in the position that you need to exchange Australian Dollars into or out of any major currency and you would appreciate my assistance then I would be more than happy to help you. Not only could I act as your eyes and ears on the market but we pride ourselves on getting the very top rates of exchange too. You can contact me (Daniel Wright) for a no obligation chat about your current position and I will get in touch with you personally. Feel free to email me on djw@currencies.co.uk or call the trading floor on 0044 1494 725 353 and ask to be put through to Daniel Wright, quoting Australian Dollar Forecast.

Does May have the backing to get her Brexit Plan through in January? (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – GBP/AUD again has fallen below the key resistance point 1.80. This was due to news Theresa May lacks support from the cabinet to push her Brexit plan through. It seems that every time the UK on the cusp of a deal there is a problem created not only from Brussels, but also from inner fighting within parliament.

It seems the Chequers plan was reluctantly backed in the first place due to the need for progress and the threat of a no deal. The backing of the deal has been described as a deeply undesirable compromise. A minster said that most of those who backed the deal did so “with a very heavy heart”.

Two cabinet ministers last night announced on the BBC that there is little chance that  the current deal would get through parliament and the Theresa May still pursuing agreement on the is deal could be considered “self harming”.

Even if a deal is agreed with Brussels the deal must then be voted through by the cabinet in January.

The EU withdrawal Act of 2018 highlights that the government must announce before 21st January  if it can or cannot reach a deal. If the date in not met the government will have 5 days to make a statement outlining how the UK wishes to proceed and subsequent arrangements for the motion to be passed through parliament.

Despite all this news I am still of the opinion a deal will be reached despite all the in house fighting, the consequences of not getting a deal is simply too great. Talks are intensifying and if there is solid news on the Irish Border I think we could see a Sterling rally. If you are looking at risk reward and are selling the Australian Dollar I would not hesitate to take advantage of current levels at 1.78. Pre-Brexit GBP/AUD was 2.20, although I do not expect a rally of this extent I think it is important to remember Sterling is chronically undervalued.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximise your return. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free, no obligation trading strategy for you. If you have a trade to perform I will also happily provide a free quote and I am confident our rates are among the best in the industry. I would be willing to demonstrate this in form of a comparison with any competitor. You can trade in safety knowing you are dealing with company FCA registered and one that has been trading for 16yrs. Foreign Currency Direct PLC.

If you would like my assistance I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading. Daniel Johnson

 

 

 

 

RBA Statement boosts the AUD: Where next for the Australian dollar?

The Aussie rises…

The Australian dollar is stronger overnight following an upbeat assessment from the RBA Monetary Policy Statement. The Reserve Bank of Australia is loosely looking to raise interest rates in the future which would help the AUD to rise. It has risen overnight following the commentary that saw them raise their Inflation and Growth forecasts.

Another factor to drive the Australian dollar is the outlook on the Trade Wars which have seen the Australian dollar rising according to the viewpoint on how it will influence the Chinese economy. Recent rising expectations that the Trade Wars would gently resolve themselves have cooled but the initial fears that saw the Aussie massively sold off, have subsided.

Global Issues remain

I expect the Trade Wars will continue to provide concern, it seems more likely than not that Donald Trump will trigger some kind of concern on global financial markets which would weaken the Australian dollar. If not owing to economic concerns abroad, it might be political concerns domestically in the US which drive the Aussie.

The recent mid-term elections saw the US dollar lose ground against most currencies with the Australian dollar a beneficiary of the uncertainty. The Aussie did rise on this news, as investors sought to diversify their currency exposure away from the US and possible political issues ahead.

As you can see, there are numerous global factors which drive the Australian. Trying to accurately predict what the rates will be will involve accurately predicting not only what Donald Trump might do, but also how the market might react to it. Some might suggest Donald Trump does not know exactly what he will do next, trying to predict him will be no easy feat!

What lies ahead for GBPAUD rates?

GBPAUD levels have fallen below 1.80 on the news, could the RBA be preparing to raise interest rates? Westpac do not think so, with them believing the RBA will hold through 2019 and 2020. There is even a view that the RBA may cut rates, by some who feel Australia’s booming housing market and highly indebted consumers cannot stand a hike.

Whilst the pound has been notably buoyant across most currencies, rising to some of the best rates all year or certainly multi-week or month highs, the pound to Australian dollar rate has not performed so well. Whilst we are tracking improved levels, we are still down owing to the Australian dollar also performing well.

GBPAUD exchange rates hit a peak of 1.8713 in October of this year, significantly above the 1.5909 lows of Brexit in October 2016 following the EU Referendum. Current rates of 1.79-1.80 are therefore below the peak but above the average.

Mix into this the uncertainty on Brexit (who can accurately predict the outcome there either?) and we have a plethora of events to move GBPAUD rates. My general expectation is that the pound will rise further against a weaker AUD if the global concerns continue on Trade Wars. I think the threat of a ‘new world order’ of more protectionism will see the Australian dollar weaker in the future, particularly as that uncertainty will keep the RBA on hold or possibly looking to cut.

Will you need to make a transfer?

For clients with a position selling Australian dollars for pounds, I feel gearing up to capitalise on the recent spike is sensible. Clients buying AUD with sterling might wish to take a slightly more speculative view but in hoping for further improvements, they could easily get caught out relying on a smooth Brexit process.

If you have a position to buy or sell AUD for sterling I would be most interested to share some of the latest news and events driving this pair. There is no easy answer to the question of ‘when is the best time buy or sell Australian dollars?’, but by careful analysis and utilising our experience in tracking trends, we do strive to offer an informed opinion to help you make the most of your currency needs.

Thank you for reading and please contact me to discuss further.

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk