BOE Interest Rate Decision (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – Tomorrow we will see the Bank of England (BOE) interest rate decision. There is a high probability of a hike to 0.75% although personally I feel it would not be justified. There has been several poor data releases, average wage growth has fallen along with retail sales. Unemployment is being lauded as the lowest in over forty years, this however is misleading as current data includes zero hour contracts which is far from a stable form of employment.

Be wary of thinking a hike could strengthen the pound. The market moves on rumour as well as fact so it could well be the case that you will not see Sterling rally if a hike goes through. The real market mover will be Mark Carney’s speech following the decision. This is where he will discuss future monetary policy, if a hike goes ahead Carney could indicate that there will be any further rate hikes for the foreseeable future.

If this does occur we could see Sterling weakness following the decision.

GBP/AUD still remains range bound between 1.75-1.80. The Aussie is currently being held back by the ongoing trade war between the US and China. Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing it’s exports. China’s growth could be effected by the trade war which in turn will hit the Australian economy. Investors are moving from riskier commodity based currencies to safe haven currencies. The US Dollar is currently the destination of choice despite the US involvement in trade wars on several fronts. Ten year treasury bonds are currently offering the best returns in years and interest rate levels are impressive, there could also be further hikes from the Federal Reserve this year.

If you have to move short term buying AUD aim to move if Interbank is in the 1.78s.

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Will the Bank of England increase interest rates and what will happen to the Pound vs the Australian Dollar?

The big news this week for anyone looking to make a transfer with Australian Dollars and Sterling will be the latest interest rate decision due to be released on Thursday by the Bank of England.

The chances have been increasing recently that the central bank will be looking to increase interest rates in the UK as inflation still remains relatively high. UK mortgage approvals have also gone up recently with the number of approved mortgages having risen to a 5 month high combined with a 2 year high for consumer confidence.

However, I think there could be more reasons behind a rate hike than just inflation.

If we cast our minds back to what happened two years ago the Bank of England slashed interest rates very quickly after the Brexit vote in order to stabilise the economy and encourage consumer spending.

Therefore, I think an interest rate hike this week could happen in order to allow the BoE room to cut rates next year if the Brexit talks go badly and we are left with a ‘no deal’ situation.

Even if we do see a rate hike we may not see the usual increase in the value of the Pound vs the Australian Dollar as it will be the accompanying statement and press conference held by the Bank of England governor that will likely affect the value of the Pound vs the Australian Dollar.

Carney has often been a big critic of Brexit and warned that this could cause a lot of pressure on the British economy so I think the rate hike will be closely followed by a rather dovish tone and this could hold back any Sterling advances against the Australian Dollar.

If you would like a free quote when exchanging Australian Dollars or further information then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian


Where next for GBPAUD exchange rates?

Australian dollar exchange rates will now be moving into a potentially volatile week as we get a series of major tier releases which could well move the currency markets. Most notably, on GBPAUD we could see big movement from the UK Bank of England interest rate decision on the 2nd August as well as on the evening of 1st when we get the latest US interest rate decision. With both decisions having such a dramatic effects, what can we expect  on the GBPAUD pairing?

Interest rates are a key driver on the Australian dollar and it is the raising and lowering of the central bank’s levels which causes the movements on the currency markets. Just like a higher interest rate will make a savings account more attractive to invest in, a higher interest rate on a currency will make that currency more attractive to hold.

A big driver on the Australian dollar has been the raising of US interest rates with the US dollar gaining in strength as the US Federal Reserve raise their base rate. With the US interest rate now higher than the Australian one, the Australian dollar has weakened as funds and investments are moved from the higher yielding Australian dollar to the now higher yield US dollar.

This move weakens the Australian and has seen GBPAUD level rising in recent weeks although just lately GBP weakness has dragged the pair back down lower. Expectations for next week and the two key central bank decisions could easily GBPAUD levels back towards 1.80. This would be if the US raise rates which would strengthen the US dollar and weaken the Australian. We would probably also need to see the Bank of England also raise rates too, to see the level above 1.80.

Some analysts, myself included, are sceptical over the Bank of England raising rates. If they fail to raise or perform a soft raise, which essentially writes out any future hikes, we could then see the pound drop. With much of the good news priced into a possible hike, it seems that clients holding on to see the pound rise could once again end up disappointed.

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Australian Dollar Forecast – Trump Agrees Zero Tariffs with EU (James Lovick)

The pound has made a small recovery against the Australian dollar with rates back over 1.77 for the GBP AUD pair. The ongoing theme for the Australian dollar in recent weeks has been the trade war story which has stemmed from trade policy decisions made by US President Donald Trump. The latest in the story is that the President has now agreed with the EU tariff free trade between the US and EU. Whilst this does not directly have an impact on the Australian economy it does signal a change in tact by President Trump and could suggest there is light at the end of the tunnel in this escalation of trade tariffs with China. The concern for the Aussie is that if there is a global trade war then the commodity currencies could suffer so any softening in trade policy coming out of the US could actually be seen as good for the Australian dollar.

Economic data from down under has been stronger in this last month with retail sales and consumer confidence performing better than expected. The recent employment data was strong and highlighted a buoyant workforce which has also proved beneficial for the Australian dollar.

Now that the British parliament has ended for the summer recess there are unlikely to be any major developments on Brexit until the end of August or early September. The pound has been left on a weaker footing after the high profile resignations in government and some concern over the dreaded no deal scenario. Clients looking to buy Australian dollars could find some better opportunities on the horizon if a deal can be reached on Brexit, but we are still probably a few months away from such an outcome.

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Australian Dollar continues to lose value as inflation levels stall

The financial markets don’t expect to see the base rate of interest change down under until the end of next year according to futures markets, and this is perhaps one of the reasons behind the Aussie Dollars weakening currently.

If the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) doesn’t amend rates the AUD will lose competitiveness as we’ve already seen, as the likelihood of investors holding assets in the currency diminishes owing to the less competitive of the currency. The US Dollar on the other hand has benefited greatly from its more aggressive monetary policy and the greenback has strengthened by such an extent that US President, Donald Trump has voiced his concerns.

The latest bout of Inflation data out of Australia shows that inflation has risen by 2.1% over the past year, which is slightly lower than what economists were expecting. There doesn’t appear to be much momentum regarding Australian inflation levels which is perhaps the reason behind the low expectations of a rate hike in the short-term future.

Although the Pound has been under pressure in recent months owing to the Brexit plan uncertainty, the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate is still towards the top end of it’s longer term trend, which demonstrates the pressure AUD exchange rates have come under. The GBP/AUD pair is likely to be driven by both monetary policy and UK based politics as the UK is going through a crucial time due to the Brexit.

Those monitoring the Aussie Dollars value should also pay attention to US President, Donald Trumps trade tariff’s plans as AUD has come under pressure owing to these concerns. With the Australian economy being reliant on global demand a slowdown to the global economy is likely to have a negative impact the Australian Dollars value.

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 and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

GBP/AUD no longer testing 1.80, is a move down into the lower 1.70’s now likely?

After testing the 1.80 mark for a number of weeks, the Pound has recently slipped from these high levels and now the pair are trading closer to 1.75. The 1.80 level does appear to be a resistance and for some time now Sterling sellers would have been best to target their transfers when the mid-market level is as close to 1.80 as possible.

Uncertainty surrounding the UK governments Brexit plans and whether they will be agreed upon in time is behind the drop in the Pound’s value. The fall hasn’t just been against the Aussie Dollar but also against many other major currency pairs with the fall against the US Dollar being one of the most dramatic, as it’s hit a 10-month low.

This week it’s emerged that the Australian jobs market is alot healthier than expected after a substantial amount more jobs were created in May than expected. This has boosted the Aussie Dollar as up until this week the average amount of new jobs was just 16,000 monthly.

One potential downside for the Aussie Dollar is the lack of movement with regards to monetary policy, as the Reserve Bank of Australia doesn’t plan on amending interest rates this year.

With many major economies beginning to make the hikes the Aussie Dollar may lose value as investors opt not to hold funds in AUD.

With little economic data out of Australia for the remainder of the week, our readers have time to get in touch and plan around transfers next week. Do feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss next week’s economic data releases and how they could impact the rates.

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 and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

The reasons why the Pound could climb against the Australian Dollar this month (Tom Holian)

Sterling vs the Australian Dollar has remained in a relatively tight range recently although GBPAUD rates have been trying to hit 1.80 on a number of occasions already this month.

In my own opinion I think it is only a matter of time before the Pound breaks past 1.80 as the Australian Dollar is coming under a lot of pressure recently.

The latest report from China in terms of GDP data has shown a slowdown to 6.7%, which although this is clearly much higher than that of any of the western economies this has caused concern for the world’s second largest economy and this has caused the Australian Dollar to weaken against a number of different currencies including the Pound.

The US has been threatening China with a Trade War and has put in potential plans to raise tariffs of US$200bn to come into play in the next few weeks.

Whether or not this is simply the US flexing its financial power or it will take place is anyone’s guess at the moment but the uncertainty it has caused has made global investors move money away from riskier currencies and towards the US Dollar and this has in turn harmed the value of the Australian Dollar.

Earlier this week the Reserve Bank of Australia released the latest set of minutes and they confirmed that interest rates are likely to be kept on hold for the time being.

With the US planning further interest rate hikes as well as the UK considering doing the same as early as 2nd August this is another reason why we could see the Pound moving in an upwards direction against the Australian Dollar in the next fortnight.

If you have a currency transfer involving Australian Dollars and would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing form you.

Tom Holian

GBPAUD remains range bound

Over the last 30 days GBPAUD exchange rates have fluctuated in the higher 1.70s with minimal movement as both currencies seem to have been devaluing at the same pace. At the latest Reserve Bank of Australia meeting officials showed concern in regards to the trade tariffs that have been imposed on China by the US. The Australian know that a slowdown in China will have an impact on the Australian economy. Furthermore the International monetary fund have waded into the debate and announced an all out trade war will end up costing the global economy over $430bn.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is under extreme pressure and last night threatened Tory rebels that she would call a general election if the amendment in regards to the customs union went through the Commons. The uncertainty of another General election would certianly weigh on the pounds value. Furthermore Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney also failed to help the pounds value yesterday, as he stated a Brexit no deal would mean the Bank of England would have to rethink their future plans.

At the end of the week, UK politicians break for the summer holidays, therefore I expect Brexit related news to go quiet for a few weeks. All eyes will turn to the Bank of England’s interest rate decision early August. The market has been pricing in a hike, however I expect the Bank of England will fail to deliver which will mean sterling takes a hit. Therefore I wouldn’t be surprised to see GBPAUD fall back towards the mid 1.70s over the next month.

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Australian Dollar weakens following RBA meeting minutes

Tuesday saw a fairly poor performance by the Australian Dollar against most major currencies, following the release of the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) meeting minutes from their last interest rate decision.

The minutes will basically show what was discussed at the meeting and how the RBA came to various decisions and i’m afraid the tone was fairly negative when reading through discussions and future fiscal plans.

The main areas of concern are the on-going trade wars between Donald Trump and China, as many regular readers of this site will be aware Chinese economic performance is fairly crucial to the performance of the Australian economy and the Australian Dollar. Not only do China import a huge amount of goods from Australia but they Chinese tourists make up a fairly large percentage of tourism in Australia.

The large sum of household debt at present in Australia is also of great concern to the RBA. Household debt is currently at worrying levels and what this means is that until this starts to drop back off it will be very difficult for the RBA to raise interest rates, and they did put a nod to this in the minutes.

Should they raise rates then we may see a large quantity of households go into default in Australia which would only escalate the economic problems even further, it does now appear that unless things improve then will not be seeing an interest rate hike for the foreseeable future which will more than likely hold the Australian Dollar back against other major currencies.

An interest rate hike is generally seen as positive for a currency and with other areas around the globe slowly raising their interest rates the Australian Dollar is in danger of being left behind.

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Trade Wars and Brexit dictate GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – GBP/AUD currently remains range bound between 1.75-1.80. The outlook for both currencies is not necessarily the best. The Australian Dollar will find it hard to find a momentum due to the ongoing trade war between China and the US. Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s exports, particularly iron ore. The tariffs imposed by the Trump administration are quite severe and with China threatening to match US tariffs Dollar for Dollar this will hit both economies hard and in turn the Australian Dollar.

During times of global economic uncertainty investors tend to avoid commodity based currencies in favour of safe haven currencies. Despite the US initiating the trade war, the US Dollar is proving to be the destination of choice. 10yr treasury bonds currently offer the best returns seen in years and the Federal Reserve have the intention to hike interest rates a further two times by the end of the year.

I feel the trade war with China could be sustained despite the US holding the majority of the cards.

From the UK side, Brexit negotiations will be key the the value of Sterling. Theresa May’s Brexit proposal has taken criticism as it goes against how Brexit was sold to the public.

The proposal includes a free trade deal for goods and agricultural products. This would essentially keep the UK’s rules and regulations aligned with those of the EU. This would allow trade in goods to flow freely and the Irish border would remain open.

The proposal for services however will be different. The UK would like to take back control of services, particularly the financial sector. Services make up 80% of UK GDP. This would result in more barriers for companies’ trading aboard.

The risk of course is that financial services will move abroad. This is a serious concern as the tax income from the financial sector is huge. May intends to reform the existing equivalence regulation where temporary customs union access is granted, but can be removed at anytime. This situation does not fill me with confidence.

Merkel has apparently agreed to a deal behind closed doors.

If the trade war escalates then we could see GBP/AUD breech 1.80 although I do think this would be a long shot. aim to trade in the 1.79s if you have an Australian Dollar requirement.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker when the market is currently so hard to predict. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. Have faith knowing you will be dealing with a brokerage in business for over 16yrs, Foreign Currency Direct Plc. We are a no risk entity as we do not speculate on the market and we are registered with the FCA. If you have a currency provider take a minute to send over the rates they offer and I am confident I can demonstrate a significant saving. I can be contacted at . (Daniel Johnson) Thank you for reading.