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Will the slowdown in China put pressure on the Australian Dollars value?

The main news within the financial markets this morning is the release of 4th quarter Gross Domestic Product from China. The figure is followed closely owing to its importance, as the Chinese economy is the 2nd largest globally and GDP data measures economic output.

The figure released is 6.4% year on year in the forth quarter, and this was expected. The headlines will centre on the annual figure which is now officially 6.6% through 2018 which is the lowest figure on record since 1990, almost 30 years ago.

Now that the annual GDP figure has been released the concerns surrounding a slowing Chinese economy have been confirmed, and this could spell trouble for the global economy with economies such as Australia’s likely to feel the pinch considering the extent to which the Australian and Chinese economies are intertwined. The negative effects of the US-China trade war can now been seen so hopes of a deal being stuck will be a high as ever, and it’s likely that the talks could impact AUD exchange rates as AUD could react to US-China sentiments.

From the UK side, this afternoon could offer GBP exchange rates some direction as UK Prime Minister, Theresa May will announce the governments Plan B now that her deal hasn’t made its way through parliament. The pound has dropped off slightly at the beginning of this week which is likely due to the anticipation of what will be said later. For now, cross party discussions have come to a halt as the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn has stated that we won’t talk until a no-deal is ruled out.

I think that this afternoon’s announcement is likely to drive GBP exchange rates to begin with and that the Irish backstop will be a major talking point regarding the new plan.

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 climbs as May’s Brexit deal is emphatically rejected

It’s been a volatile 24-hours for the GBP/AUD exchange rate, as the Brexit talks ramp up and the UK parliament decides how best in carry out the Brexit.

Late yesterday evening the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was overwhelmingly voted against by Parliament. The amount of votes she lost by was in the top-end of expectations, as she lost by 230 votes with was a much larger number than many analysts had expected.

Since then, the leader of the opposition (Jeremy Corbyn of Labour) has called a ‘vote of no-confidence’ in the government which will take place this evening. May is expected to win as no members of her own government have announced that they will vote against her and the DUP Party of Northern Ireland has also offered their support.

Tonight’s vote at 7pm is the next step in the Brexit process that could impact the Pound’s value, but what happens next is now quite unclear. The existing government has 3-days to announce their plan-b which could also be a market mover, so if you wish to be updated in the event of a major market movement do feel free to register your interest.

The Aussie Dollar, like the stock markets in the region remain under pressure whilst we wait for more clarity on global growth and trade war concerns between China and the US. The GBP has regained a lot of ground against AUD recently and last nights vote has helped. The pair are currently trading in the 1.79’s so it will be interesting to see whether the pair will manage to break through the psychological 1.80 level.

Moving forward I expect to see the pair continue to be driven by Brexit related updates, although early tomorrow morning there will be a number of releases from Australia concerning new home sales and inflation data.

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.

Brexit continues to be the main influence on GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Could Brexit January 15th vote simply lead to another?

GBP/AUD rates continue to be largely dictated by Brexit. Theresa May has now confirmed 15th January as the date that parliament will vote on her current deal. The vote was originally delayed due to May’s lack of confidence in the deal going through. European Commission President, Jean-Claude Junker has said there will be no changes to the current deal and he is only willing to clarify the current terms. Could it be the case that Junker will make concessions? Or could the threat of a no deal Brexit force a vote through?

May has suggested if the deal does not go through at her first attempt then there will be a second vote, this could point to out that she feels Brussels will change it’s stance. There is still a huge lack of clarity surrounding Brexit which is not sitting well with investors. The majority of scenarios are Pound negative, but if May were to be ousted or resign we could see a second referendum back on the table.

If May’s deal does not go through we  could see a leadership challenge from Corbyn or indeed we could see her resign if it looks like the deal will have no chance of going through, although  I don’t take her for a quitter. I am not a particular fan of May, but you cannot help but admire her perseverance.

If you look historically if a country loses it’s leader the currency in question would weaken, however in this situation it will be interesting to see how the market reacts. We could see an initial fall due to political uncertainty, but if it appears a second referendum comes to the forefront it is widely predicted that the vote would come in in favour of remaining in the EU according to polls. This could boost investor confidence and in turn the pound.

Would I be hanging on for this if I was selling Sterling?

The answer is no. The majority of Brexit outcomes  result in Sterling weakness, if you have to move short to medium term I would be looking to take advantage of current levels or at least a tranche for safety. The ongoing trade war between the US and China is a concern for the Aussie and if it were not for Brexit I think Sterling would be experiencing gains against AUD, unfortunately the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit is outweighing the trade war.

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.

 

 

Australian dollar forecast – Australian dollar weakness ahead?

The Australian dollar has weakened overnight as investor focus shifts towards the now wider split between the US and Australian interest rate. With Australian interest rates at 1.75%, but the US now at 2.5%, the US dollar is a more attractive currency to hold and it has gained ground against the Australian dollar, weakening the Aussie in the process. The US raised interest rates overnight and are expected to raise further in 2019, despite many views to the contrary. This could see more pressure on the Australian dollar in 2019.

The economic news out of Australia overnight too was fairly positive with the Employment rate and the employment change, month on month both posting gains. This shows the Australian labour market is performing well and if such news continues in 2019, could be more supportive for an interest rate hike down under, which has so far been so elusive. The Australian dollar is likely to endure a mixed bag as we enter 2019 with the market closely following the latest news on US and Australian interest rates.

Global trade has been another factor driving the Australian dollar as the market ponders the possible negative effects from Donald Trump’s Trade Wars with China. With Australian trade relations with China forming a major part of the Australian economy, the market has been closely monitoring the sentiments on the Trade Wars, plus the possible negative fallout from any economic woes. The fact the Australian currency acts as a barometer of global trade and risk sentiment, owing to its economies close relationship to traded commodities like Coal, Steel and Aluminium, makes it all the more sensitive to such news.

Confidence is still holding in global markets but it does seem many are looking into the future with less reasons to be optimistic. This could ultimately spell trouble for the Australian dollar in 2019, particularly if the Trade Wars deteriorate further and the US presses ahead with their economic plans.

If you are looking to buy or sell Australian dollars then please do get in touch to discuss the latest news and forecasts. With the currency so sensitive to global news and developments it is important to understand all of the latest news and events to move the rates.

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

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk

 

GBP/AUD continues to trade towards the lower end of its recent ranges, where to next for the pair and what’s influencing it?

The Pound to Australian Dollar rate continues to trade in the mid 1.70’s just over 1.75, which is around the bottom of its current trend when you look at both a 3-month and a 6-month chart. There has been a steep decline in the Pound’s value from around the middle of October and much of this market movement can be attributed to Sterling weakness as the Brexit uncertainties ramp up with the Brexit date just around the corner now.

Yesterday it was announced that the ‘meaningful’ vote on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal will take place. It has previously been outlined for last Tuesday but she postponed it the day before owing to fears that she would receive very little support for it. May has since won a vote of no-confidence although there were around of a 3rd of her Conservative Party MP’s that voted against her leadership which shows the discontent with her deal.

The Pound has also lost value against most other major currency pairs recently as time to agree on a deal is running out. There appears to be little scope for amendments to the deal which may be the Prime Ministers downfall as the Northern Irish backstop arrangement is the main sticking point for the deal and the reason for the DUP Party not supporting the deal which has added pressure to May and also the Pound’s value.

Although economic data is not the main driver of GBP’s value at the moment, it’s worth being aware that this Thursday there will be a Bank of England Interest Rate decision and although no changes are expected, any comments to future monetary policy plans could influence the Pound’s 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 jxw@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Brexit Impact papers push Sterling lower against the Australian Dollar

After a strong start to the trading session yesterday, Sterling exchange rates have seen their fortunes reverse since yesterday afternoon when Brexit Impact papers were released by both the Government as well as the Bank of England.

Both releases suggested that the UK will be worse off by carrying out the Brexit with the BoE outlining a number of worse case scenarios for the UK economy in the case of a no-deal Brexit. Their report outlined the potential for the Pound to lose 25% of its value against both the Euro and the US Dollar which would put Sterling below parity vs both of these key currencies. Property market falls of 30% were also contained within this worst case scenario Brexit report as well as unemployment potentially rising to 7.5% and since this report we’ve seen a sell-off of the Pound’s value which has accelerated this morning.

After almost reaching 1.77 yesterday we’ve seen the pair drop below 1.75 this morning which goes to show how much the currency has been impacted by these reports. It’s also worth noting that the Australian Dollar has lost value recently owing to the sharp drop in the value of iron ore which is a key export of the Australia’s. Iron ore prices have dropped by 9% this week which represents the largest drop in over a year. The rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Chinese leaders has also ramped up with concerns of a global slowdown owing to the trade war once again impacting currencies such as AUD’s.

Economic data releases are light for the remainder of the week between the UK and Australia so it’s likely that Brexit talks will remain the main driver of currency fluctuations.

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.

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

 

Price changes for GBP/AUD likely to be driven by the Pound over the next 24-hours

Those of our clients and regular readers following the Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate should pay close attention to UK politics today, as I believe the next spike in the GBP/AUD’s value is likely to be driven by UK politics.

Yesterday all eyes were on Boris Johnson’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, and he didn’t disappoint as he gave another harsh critique of the ‘Chequers plan’ devised by the current UK Prime Minister, Theresa May. Today there could be movement for Sterling exchange rates against all major currency pairs as it’s the final day of the Conservative Party Conference, and Theresa May is scheduled to speak with Brexit being the main focus.

Yesterday Boris Johnson was supportive of May’s leadership but he once again urged her to move away from the Chequers plan she has devised and suggested that she focuses more on a Canadian style deal. I expect her to be questioned on his comments and the markets to follow her responses closely. With Brexit now just around the corner and expectations of a deal being in place by November, I expect to see Brexit headlines dominate financial media and for it to be the main driver of the Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate.

On the Australian side we’ve seen the currency soften over the past year, mostly owing to Aussie Dollar weakness. The greater the gap between US and Australian exchange rates the more likely this trend will continue, so those following the strength of the Aussie Dollar should also pay attention to US monetary policy and this is something we can help our readers with should they wish.

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.

Selling falls against the Australian Dollar after chances of a No-Brexit deal increase

The Pound to Australian Dollar rate has fallen below the key 1.80 mark during today’s trading session. This is key as the GBP/AUD pair had previously consolidated above this level and traded as high as 1.85 before the recent fall which has taken place because of the Brexit related comments this week.

At the time of writing the EU leaders are all currently in Austria, as they have been for the past couple of days as there is an informal summit taking place. Whilst there have been some positive comments regarding Brexit recently the summit has all together been a negative for the Pound as the currency has fallen dramatically against a range of currency pairs, with the fall against AUD being quite dramatic in terms of recent price movement which has mostly been thin.

Much of the talk revolves around the Chequers deal, and whether or not it will be both the preferred approach of the UK government and also accepted by the EU members, which at the moment is looking unlikely especially after a speech by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May today.

There is a bank holiday down under on Monday of next week, as it’s the Queen’s birthday and there aren’t any major releases until next Friday which means I’m expecting the Pound to be the main driver of currency fluctuation between the GBP/AUD pair.

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.

What can we expect this week for GBPAUD exchange rates?

The week ahead for the Australian dollar looks set to be dominated by continuing news on the likelihood of future interest rate hikes down under. Last week saw a mixed bag of data as investors weighed up the conflicting signals and the overall outlook on the currency pairing. This was underscored by a very positive unemployment report which helped the Aussie to rise against its counterparts. Good news on the Australian dollar has however been tempered by the worrying prospect of fresh economic tariffs from Trump on China, Australia’s main trading partner.

The main economic news this week will be the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia Meeting Minutes and also the House Price Index released this evening. Later in the week we will also see the the RBA Bulletin and also a speech by Assistant Governor Christopher Kent. It was a speech by RBA Assistant Governor Bullock last week which saw movement on the rates as he highlighted growing household debt.

Clients with a currency transfer involving the Australian dollar could now face a range of events to move the rates, it does appear the factors which have weakened the Aussie in recent weeks, are set to remain. Global concerns over Trade Wars which are set to negatively impact China will weigh on economic sentiment and this will influence the Australian dollar.

If you have a transfer to consider buying Australian dollars with pounds there is also the EU Summit which is coming up which could see a volatile week on GBPAUD exchanges. Brexit continues to be the main driver on the pound and this information could see some volatility on the pair.

If you have a transfer to make involving the Australian dollar, we are in business to offer assistance with the timing and the planning of any currency transfers. For more information at no obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

Jonathan