GBP AUD Rates Slide on UK Brexit Uncertainty (James Lovick)

GBP AUD exchange rates have inched lower this week as ongoing British politics continue to weigh heavy on the pound. Clients looking to buy or sell Australian dollars would be wise to look at their options very quickly as developments over the next two weeks are likely to have a very big impact on the value of sterling rates.

UK Prime Minster Theresa May and the British government are feeling the pressure this week as it has been reported that forty conservative members are prepared to sign a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister. It would only take another 8 signatures that would force a leadership challenge and this perceived risk of a potential change of leadership is piling on the uncertainty for the pound.

The recent ultimatum from the EU giving Britain just two weeks to cough up more money in the Brexit negotiations or face a no deal situation is yet another major concern for those clients holding pounds looking to buy Australian dollars.

Any deterioration in these negotiations will likely see the pound weaken further and sterling will very much depend on progress in the next couple of weeks. If for example there is no agreement on the divorce settlement and talks break down with no deal at all then in the short term the pound could come under sizeable pressure. This is a real risk and there is every chance that this least preferred option could become a reality for all sides involved.

Consumer confidence numbers from Westpac are released later which should give some clues as to the strength of the Australian consumer. Wage price data is released on Wednesday which could help see the dollar rally if the numbers arrive better than expected. The lack of action from the Reserve Bank of Australia though is only likely to prevent the dollar from strengthening too much. The decision to maintain rates at such low levels is keeping the dollar on the back foot.

Anyone selling Australian dollars could see some excellent opportunities in the next 10 days if Brexit starts to look messy which could provide a short window of opportunity. Please feel free to contact myself James at jll@currencies.co.uk and I will be happy to take a look at your requirement and see how your transfer may be impacted by these economic and political changes.

Will GBPAUD break through 1.75 by the end of the year? (Dayle Littlejohn)

Economic data in recent weeks has meant that GBPAUD exchange rates have increased by 8 cents and broken through the 1.70 barrier. The reason for the improvement is positive news coming from the UK in regards to Brexit and a dovish outlook from the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Brexit negotiations are heating up and decisions are close to being made. Friday evening Michel Barnier gave a two week deadline for the UK to make key decisions surrounding EU citizens’ rights, the Irish border, and the UK’s “divorce bill”.

The theory on the market is that if the UK and EU come to an agreement in the upcoming weeks and trade negotiations start before or just after the turn of the year, this could give sterling exchange rates a considerable boost.

The Reserve Bank of Australia have been given dovish statements of late and the recent RBA minutes last week confirmed that the RBA have no interest of raising interest rates anytime soon.

Couple this with Iron ore prices tumbling down under and some forecasters suggesting another substantial fall is on the horizon due to the slowdown in China’s construction industry you can understand why the Australian dollar is under pressure.

Looking further ahead if the Australian economy continues on the same path and the UK reach a deal with the EU so trade negotiations begin, I expect GBPAUD will break through 1.75.

Therefore if you are buying Australian dollars with sterling and are prepared to take the risk holding off may provide a better exchange rate in the weeks to come, however if you are selling Australian dollars to buy sterling now is the time to convert your currency.

For people that are converting pounds and Australian dollars for the first time, it is essential that you get the very best exchange rates. If you have used a brokerage for many years or have been referred a brokerage I strongly recommend you compare rates to make sure you get the best price possible and therefore save money. This simple exercise takes two minutes and in the past I have saved clients hundreds and in some instances thousands of pounds.

My direct email is drl@currencies.co.uk Dayle Littlejohn.

Will the Pound improve against the Australian Dollar next week? (Tom Holian)

As predicted in my previous articles the Pound has shaken off the problems against the Australian Dollar following last week’s interest rate decision which saw the GBPAUD exchange rate move in a downwards direction.

The UK economy has proved once again that it is resilient even though politically we are facing the challenge of the ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

GBPAUD exchange rates are once again moving in the right direction breaking through 1.72 on a couple of occasions already this week.

The Brexit talks appear to be moving in the right direction with Theresa May and Michel Barnier both suggesting that behind the scenes progress is being made.

The real issue surrounding Brexit is what the divorce bill will cost and when it will be paid which is one of the sticking points of the discussions.

We have a very eventful week ahead with the release of a number of different economic data due over the next few days.

UK Inflation is due out on Tuesday and this has been a big factor in the recent decision by the Bank of England to raise interest rates earlier this month. Therefore, this could also cause a lot of volatility for GBPAUD exchange rates.

Also, next week is the release of UK unemployment data and with the jobs data performing very well during 2017 I think we could see GBPAUD rates improve by the middle of next week which could provide a good opportunity to look at buying Australian Dollars with Pounds.

If you have a need to make a currency transfer in the coming days, weeks or months then feel free 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 compared to your bank or another currency broker.

Even a small improvement in the exchange rates can make a big difference so feel free to to email me with details of your requirement and you may find you could save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Tom Holian) on teh@currencies.co.uk and I will respond to you as soon as I can.

UK economy growth is picking up, will GBP/AUD reach 1.75 again in the near-term future?

The Pound has picked up once again this afternoon after some better than expected economic data, this time in the form of GDP figures has boosted the markets.

This means that UK economic output in the months of July-September grew by 0.4% whereas it’s grown by 0.5% from August-October. This is of course positive news for the Pound and the Pound is now trading around the 1.7250 mark at the time of writing.

The highest the GBP/AUD rate has traded in the last year is 1.7650 so the rate is now within 4 cents of the best levels so it appears that the rate hike last week from the Bank of England has boosted sentiment surrounding the UK economy.

The think-tank that produced today’s GDP figures also believes that the Bank of England will have raised interest rates to 2% by 2021 which is a bit more bullish than the comments outlined by the BoE last week when rates were hiked, and I think that the Pound would climb quite considerably from its current levels should such a bullish monetary policy be adopted by the BoE.

The next busy day for economic data is Tuesday next week, so feel free to get in touch in the meantime if you would like to plan around this event, should you have any upcoming currency requirements.

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.

Iron prices continue to put pressure on the Australian dollar

GBPAUD exchange rates have increased in value by 8 cents since September as the Australian dollar has been under pressure and sterling has rallied off the back of an interest rate hike and Brexit developments. To put this into monetary value a £200,000 conversion into Australian dollars now generates our clients an additional 16,000 Australian dollars.

The Australian economy relies heavily on iron ore, as iron ore makes up 16.3% of Australian exports. When iron ore prices fall this tends to have a direct impact on Australian dollar exchange rates. China is Australia main trading partner and as construction activity has been slowing in the 2nd largest economy the need for the commodity iron ore falls. Forecasters are suggesting that in the upcoming months iron ore prices will continue to fall and the price per tonne could plummet to $50.

The Australian dollar has also lost value in recent weeks as the Reserve Bank of Australia continue to give a dovish outlook in regards to interest rates. Governor Philip Lowe has insisted that monetary policy will not be changed in the foreseeable future and this was supported by the poor inflation numbers last month.

A data release to keep a close eye on for the remainder of the year is the US interest rate hike in December. If the US hike interest rates (87% chance according to forecasters) I expect a major sell off of Australian dollars which would make the Aussie cheaper to buy.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the future, I would strongly recommend getting in contact to discuss your situation. The company I work offers a proactive service to offering economic information whilst having the ability to offer award winning exchange rates. Feel free to email me with your requirements along with the timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

Australian Dollar Finds Support on Stronger Commodity Prices (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar could see a renewed boost in its fortunes with the rising price of commodity prices to include oil and iron ore. Climbing commodity prices are normally a good signal that the global economy is functioning well which bodes well for currencies like the Aussie dollar. Australia of course has a large export market for raw materials and is the reason it is referred to as a commodity currency. As such when the price of iron moves higher as it has done in the last three months then this is welcome news for the Australian dollar. Any further increases in commodity currencies in these coming months should only help support the dollar further.

The Australian dollar had come into a little bit of trouble of late with some sizeable losses seen after the Reserve Bank of Australia made clear that it is not even considering any interest rate increases at this time. Rates for GBP AUD moved into much more attractive territory for those clients looking to buy Australian dollars although those gains are now being brought back down after the recent rally in commodity prices.

The pound appears to have found support above 1.70 for the moment and any changes to commodity prices are likely to see the dollar react.
For those clients buying or selling Australian dollars for sterling would be wise to pay close attention to the next round of Brexit discussion which will resume tomorrow in Brussels.

The perceived stalemate is likely to keep pressure on the price of sterling and movement round this impasse is not expected until December of even January. As such clients looking to buy Australian dollars in the short term are unlikely to see rate much higher than the levels currently available. Once again the Brexit negotiation will continue to be the single biggest driver for sterling exchange rates in these unpredictable markets.

Should you have a currency requirement and need to either buy or sell Australian dollars for pounds or Euros for example then please do get in touch with me and I will be happy to look at your requirement and see how we may be able to assist. We are able to achieve excellent commercial rates of exchange from the live markets but we can also help you with the timing of the conversion and look to help you find a good day to do the trade. You can email me directly at jll@currencies.co.uk

RBA Interest rate decison (Daniel Johnson)

RBA keep Rates on hold

During the night we saw the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) interest rate decision. Rates were kept on hold at 1.5%, this was anticipated so id did not have a significant impact on Australian dollar value. The market moves on rumor as well as fact, volatility is created when things don’t go according to the general consensus.

Interest Rate Forecast

I would expect interest rates to remain at these levels for the foreseeable future due to the situation with the Australian housing market and Chinese growth. Housing prices in Melbourne and Sydney are well above the national average due to the higher wages being offered in the cities. This is all very well, but when you have foreign investors buying the properties unconcerned with the inflated process we are starting to see a housing bubble start to emerge. A very similar situation to London, a bubble that can not afford to burst.

There is also Australia’s heavy dependence on the Chinese to purchase their raw materials. Iron ore is Australia’s primary export and as such it’s price can influence Australian Dollar value. Despite Chinese growth still being healthy it is by no means as strong as previous years which is worrying considering Australian’s heavy reliance on the Chinese. It is wise to keep an eye on both Chinese growth data and Iron ore prices if you are considering trading Aussie.

During such unpredictable times you need an experienced broker on board if you wish to maximise your return. If you have a pending currency transfer let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to assist. There is no obligation to trade by asking for my help, I will provide a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. If you do wish to try our service you can trade in the knowledge we are a no risk entity, as we do not speculate. Foreign Currency Direct PLC has been in business for over 16yrs and we are registered with the FCA. If you already use a provider I can perform a comparison within minutes and I am confident I will demonstrate a considerable saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk 

GBP/AUD Forecast – RBA Keep Interest Rates on Hold (Matthew Vassallo)

The Pound found some much needed support during trading today, with news overnight confirming the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) had kept rates on hold.

This decision was expected and likely factored in by investors to the current market price but it was likely recent comments by RBA members, which has kept investor confidence in the AUD at a minimum.

They confirmed that the RBA were unlikely to raise rates until 2019, news which sapped investor confidence in the Australian economy.

GBP/AUD rates moved back above 1.72, hitting 1.7227 at today’s high.

This move was most welcome by those clients holding the Pound following last week’s slide, which came about after the Bank of England’s (BoE) interest rate decision and the subsequent statement by governor Mark Carney.

Despite the central bank raising rates for the first time in 10 years, it is likely that investors had almost fully factored in the 0.25% hike.

The reason for the Pound then dropped sharply, is a likely reaction to Carney’s subsequent statement. He remained fairly downbeat about the UK economy and emphasized the negative impact any further rate rises could have, whilst Brexit negotiations were on-going.

If you combine this with the negative perception already engulfing the UK at present, and the Pound was always likely to sustain a major upturn.

Therefore, even a relatively small spike, such as the one we have seen today should be considered a positive for those clients with a Sterling currency requirement. I do not believe that the Pound can sustain any aggressive increases towards 1.80 against the AUD, particularly in the short-term.

The UK’s economic outlook remains relatively bleak and with so many unanswered questions surrounding Brexit and which direction the UK economy will take following our on-going separation from the EU, are you prepared to risk further losses for perhaps only marginal gains?

If you have an upcoming GBP or AUD currency transfer to make you can contact me directly on 01494 787 478. We can help guide you through this turbulent market and as a company we have over eighteen years’ experience, in helping our clients achieve the very best exchange rates on any given market.

Our award inning rates can be accessed very easily over the phone and I can keep you posted with key market developments ahead of any prospective exchange you need to make.

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RBA leave interest rates on hold as expected (Daniel Wright)

This morning the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) announced that they would be leaving interest rates on hold at 1.5% which was exactly as the markets had originally expected.

The decision didn’t have a huge impact on the value of the Australian Dollar as it had been widely expected that rates will remain on hold for the coming months.

An interest rate hike is generally seen as positive for a currency and a cut in rates is seen as negative so interest rate movements can be key for a currencies strength. Even the mere mention or speculation of a hike or cut in interest rates can lead to exchange rates moving quite a lot, so any hints or change to the likelihood of a rate change may be of great importance if you have a pending exchange to carry out.

I still personally feel that the Australian Dollar may have a slightly rough patch coming up, although it does have a great backbone and constantly seems to fight back even in the toughest of times.

We have a huge amount of economic data due out in China tomorrow which will be key for where Australian Dollar exchange rates head for the rest of the week, along with Chinese inflation data on Thursday too. We have very little out from Australia over the course of the week that should impact the value of the Australian Dollar so focus will no doubt be on what the data from China brings.

Chinese data can have a large impact on the value of the Australian Dollar due to Australia’s large amount of exports to China so this data is important for anyone looking to buy or sell Australian Dollars.

If you have the need to buy or sell Australian Dollars in the coming days, weeks or months then it may be prudent to get in contact with me directly and I would be more than happy to help you.

Not only can we better rates from all major brokerages but we can also help you with the timing of your transfers, we have various contract types that we can offer from limit orders to forward contracts and can help tailor a game plan to suit you personally. Making international transfers is important and the difference from broker to broker can be thousands of Dollars. Feel free to contact me (Daniel Wright) by emailing djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be more than happy to get in touch with you personally.

GBPAUD crashes below 1.70 (Dayle Littlejohn)

At the end of last week the eagerly anticipated Bank of England interest rate decision provided a huge shock for clients buying Australian dollars. The Bank of England hiked interest rates to 0.5% and forecasters were predicting the pound would continue to climb against the Australian dollar and potential reach the mid 1.70s.

However as the hike was seen as ‘dovish’ because two of the members of the Bank of England voted to keep interest rates on hold and growth forecasts for next year were cut, the pound plummeted against the Australian dollar. The next question is will the pound recover and break through 1.70 once more or have Australian dollars buyers missed their opportunity.

Inflation numbers down under remain under pressure which means the likelihood that the Reserve Bank of Australia will change their tune in regards to interest rates is unlikely. Therefore I expect the Australian dollar to remain under pressure.

Brexit headlines will continue to drive GBPAUD exchange rates. Negotiators have announced that there will be three more rounds before the turn of the year and UK Prime Minister Theresa May will be hoping that stage 2 negotiations would have begun. If this is the case I expect the pound would have broken through the 1.70 barrier and actually progressed closer to 1.75. Therefore if I were selling Australian dollars to buy pounds I would take advantage of the recent movement and look to make the conversion sooner rather than later.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollar in the upcoming weeks, months or years feel free to email me with the reason for your conversion (company invoice, buying a property) and the timescales you are working to and I will email you with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

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