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Is the Pound now overvalued against the Aussie Dollar? (Joseph Wright)

After a strong run for the Pound in recent weeks the pair remain lodged just below the 1.80 mark, which leads me to believe that there may be ceiling for the pair at 1.80 moving forward.

Last week the pair hit a 17-month high after the Pound has benefited off the back of positive Brexit talks, with the current Prime Minister, Theresa May receiving plaudits for her efforts addressing the issue of the Northern Irish border along with the Brexit bill.

Whilst there has been a lot of positive sentiment surrounding the UK and the Pound recently, the Aussie Dollar has been coming under pressure due to fears of a slowing economy down under.

The Aussie Dollar has also been coming under pressure as the Fed Reserve Bank in the US has hiked US interest rates twice (soon to be 3 times if economists predictions are correct) this year. The increasing interest rates in the US have increased demand for the US Dollar and this has seen the Aussie Dollar drop as demand has slowed as investors prefer to hold funds in US Dollars now they can get a return.

Moving forward I think that whether or not the Brexit process continues to progress will determine whether or not the Pound climbs, and it’s certainty worth following the GBP/AUD pair when they trade around 1.80 as this benchmark level is key in my opinion.

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 Aussie Dollar hovers around a 18-month highs, will the Pound hold on to its recent gains? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has managed so far to hold onto its recent gains against the Aussie Dollar, despite stalls to Brexit negotiations hitting the headlines over the past week.

There has been hopes of a agreed Brexit bill announcement this week, which would likely push the Pound higher but the there sticking point of Northern Ireland’s terms and its border is proving to be a stumbling block at the moment.

The UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May has come under pressure for her dealings with her EU counterparts this week after many had expected to see the Brexit bill agreed, only to be disappointed to discover the Northern Irish border issue throw a spanner in the works.

Once the Brexit bill has been agreed the path is cleared for Brexit trade negotiations to begin between the UK and the remaining EU members, which I expect to be a positive for the UK and therefore the Pound. I also think that should a transitional deal be agreed we can expect to see the Pound climb also.

On a negative note for the Pound, should there be further stalls regarding any deals I think the Pound could see a sharp sell-off across the board as the UK is running out of time to make progress at the negotiating table.

If you would like to be updated in the wake of a short term price change between the Pound and the Aussie Dollar, do feel free to register your interest with me.

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.

 

How long will this period of Australian dollar strength against sterling?

My recent article this weekend suggested that there was a possibility that GBPAUD could reach 1.80 in the upcoming weeks and until late yesterday afternoon this prediction looked very likely. However the DUP at the close of business yesterday evening announced they are unhappy that UK Prime Minister could offer a different border control for Northern Ireland compared to the rest of the UK. Off the back of the news the pound lost ground against all of the G10 currencies and the Australian dollar.

Later that evening, the Reserve Bank of Australia held interest rates at 1.5%, which was no surprise, however surprisingly the Reserve Bank of Australia’s commentary was extremely positive which strengthened the Australian dollar further against the pound. With the amount of strength we have seen for the Aussie rumors the Reserve Bank of Australia may appear to be backtracking and actually could raise interest rates early next year. If this is the case, it’s quite clear that the RBA have been jawboning in an attempt

However, I’m still of the opinion that the UK will secure some kind of deal in the upcoming weeks with the EU which will mean trade negotiations will begin in the New Year. If this is the case this period of strength for the Australian dollar against sterling could be short lived therefore I would recommend any client converting Australian dollars into sterling should look to make arrangements sooner rather than later.

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Pound spikes to a 1-year high after Brexit Bill breakthrough! (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has spiked in the early hours of this morning, hitting a new 1-year high against the Aussie Dollar as the Pound gains across the board of major currency pairs.

The reason for the spike is due to the much speculated Brexit Bill figure apparently being agreed between UK and European counterparts, with the figure reportedly being around £50bn. The cost is to cover accrued European debts and liabilities over the past 44 years of EU membership, and despite being such a high figure the market reaction has been a boost to Sterling’s value.

The market belief is that this Brexit Bill agreement is now likely to pave the way for trade negotiations to begin between the UK and the EU, therefore reducing the likelihood of a disorderly Brexit or Hard Brexit as many have labelled it.

With regards to the GBP to AUD rate, I would now expect to see the rate hit 1.80 as opposed to 1.70 next as should Brexit negotiations progress I expect to see the Pound continue to climb as confidence returns to the markets.

Economic data out of the UK is quiet for the remainder of the week, which means the GBP/AUD pair may continue to be driven by sentiment which favours the Pound after this latest Brexit update.

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.

 

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.

Sterling to Aussie Dollar rate plunges after BoE rate hike, what happened? (Joseph Wright)

This afternoon at lunchtime the Bank of England hiked interest rates by the expected 0.25 basis points, although in the immediate aftermath the Pound fell dramatically against every major currency pair.

At the time of writing the Pound to Aussie rate has fallen by 2% with the GBPAUD rate now sitting at 1.6917 and the AUDGBP rate sitting at 0.5910.

This afternoons move has come as a surprise to the markets, as usually when the base rate increases the underlying currency climbs. The opposite has happened today though as it appears that prior to the move by the Bank of England the hike was priced into the market, and the commentary afterwards was a bit more bearish than the Sterling bulls had hoped for.

It’s looking like there won’t be a particularly aggressive approach from the Bank of England regarding monetary policy moving forward, which is why we’ve seen the Pound lose so much value in such a short space of time.

There won’t be any further major economic announcements out of the UK tomorrow that are likely to move markets to such a great extent, although Australian Retail Sales data is coming out in the early hours of this morning which may impact the rates.

If you wish to be kept updated regarding any other short-term price movements between the pair, do feel free to register your interest with me. Moves such as today’s can result in large differences in a currency transfer outcome so being aware of these moves can be highly beneficial.

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.

 

 

Will GBPAUD keep rising?

GBPAUD has broken through fresh highs touching the best rates since May to buy Australian dollars with pounds. This is presenting an excellent opportunity that could shift dramatically in the next 24 hours as the UK sees its latest UK interest rate decision. The decision tomorrow is going to be the biggest short term driver on GBPAUD rates and any clients looking to buy or sell should be preparing for movement.

The rates have been rising as the pound strengthens on the back of expectations the Bank of England will raise interest rates tomorrow. The Aussie dollar too has been weaker on the basis of a much longer time before the Reserve Bank of Australia raise their interest rate. Investors had previously been anticipating the interest rates would be hiked sooner by the RBA, perhaps in 2018.

This has seen the Australian dollar weaker as investors who had previously taken up positions believing the Aussie will strengthen now seek higher returns elsewhere. The Australian economy is one of the worlds strongest having remained fairly immune from the concerns and fears that have blighted other global leaders.

The outlook remains positive for the Australian dollar which could well see the currency stronger for longer, overall I would not be looking for a much weaker AUD longer term, I therefore feel if you need to buy Australian dollars with pounds, that locking in something on this spike is very sensible. Otherwise tomorrow’s UK Bank of England decision is the key news for the pound that would see rates changing.

If you have a transfer buying or selling Australian dollars making plans around crucial events is key. I would expect the GBPAUD rate could rise as high as 1.75 but drop as low as 1.68 if the Bank of England fail to meet with expectations.

If there is anything you wish to run through or discuss please don’t hesitate to let me know by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Sterling loses further ground on the Aussie Dollar, will GBP/AUD fall back into the early 1.60’s? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has fallen across the board of major currency pairs today, after some disappointing Retail Sales figures got the Pound off to a slow start.

The rate of inflation increasing to its highest level in 5-years along with wages struggling to keep up has been in the financial news recently, and applying pressure to the Pounds value.

The negative effects of the reducing purchasing power of the UK consumer is beginning to show, as today’s Retail Sales figures demonstrated that year-on-year sales in the UK retail sector are slowing, and on a monthly basis the figure for sales is now negative.

Many had hoped to see the Bank of England look at hiking interest rates in order to stem the issue, although hopes of a rate hike in early November have fallen this week after the BoE governor Mark Carney was quite dovish in his speech earlier this week.

Personally I think there could be a small hike in November but I don’t expect to see this push the GBP/AUD rate back above 1.70, as the pair have already fallen some distance since hitting last months highs when the rate hike was first discussed by the BoE.

Aside from the above issues I expect to see Brexit negotiations and how they’re unfolding continue to impact GBP rates across the board, and if you would like to be notified if there are any short term price changes for the Pound do feel free to register your interest with me.

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.

Busy day for GBP/AUD exchange rate, can we expect to see similar volatility moving forward? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has been trading in a volatile fashion today as a number of headlines have resulted in Sterling movement.

Although there is no major data set for release out of the UK this week, and there was little released today by the way, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pound move further as Brexit talks appear to be heating up.

This afternoon we saw the Pound sold off as it appeared that Brexit Secretary David Davis has a different opinion to his European counterparts regarding how Brexit negotiations are going. The International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director, Christine Lagarde today also threw her hat into the mix and stated that there needs to be more clarity regarding the Brexit, and that a ‘No Deal’ Brexit is unimaginable.

The downward trend has since reversed for the Pound as in the last 30 minutes or so its been reported that Michel Barnier, the European Chief Negotiator for Brexit has stated that the EU could offer the UK a 2-year transition stay in the EU market after Brexit.

In a market like this its very difficult to judge which way the market will move, but working on a trading floor means that we’re able to react quickly to the sudden moves.

Today’s price movement has been over 1.25% which on large currency transfers can equate to a substantial amount of money, which is where timing your transfers can really make the difference.

There are no major announcements out of Australia either this week, so I expect the pair to continue to be driven by sentiment with today’s trading session being a clear example of how comments from significant personnel can move the markets.

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.

Australian Dollar recovers against the Pound (Daniel Johnson)

Australia’s worst retail sales data in four years

Early in the week we saw some quite poor economic data from down under. Retail sales data which was predicted to come in at a 0.3% up, it actually dropped by 0.6% and the pound benefitted as a result. This was the worst retail sales data for four years. It seems consumers have made cuts due high levels of personal debt in goods such as furniture, clothing and food.

Interest rates were kept on hold at 1.5% due to high debt levels, poor inflation and a slow down in wage growth. Despite this I am still of the opinion the UK economy is in a much worse position due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and a lack of political stability.

May fails to unite the Conservatives

Sterling’s rally quickly ended following the debacle which was Theresa May’s speech.  Her aim was to unite the party and bring stability to the conservatives. I think it was close to the opposite.
She coughed throughout  the speech and party posters fell on the floor to add insult to injury. A member of the public managed to breach security and hand her a P45 which had a fake Boris Johnson signature inscribed. In house bickering and the uncertainty of May’s job is not helping the pound. Political uncertainty will almost certainly impact the currency in question. A client of mine said it was so bad it seemed as though it was a sketch from Yes! Prime minister.

The bookmaker Betway have slashed odds to 5/6 that May will no longer be in power by the next general election.

On the Aussie front we could see further gains due to increased demand for Australia’s biggest export Iron ore. I am of the opinion Sterling is in a bad spot and we could see further losses short to medium term.

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 dcj@currencies.co.uk . (Daniel Johnson) Thank you for reading.