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How high could GBPAUD rates go?

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rates has been touching fresh highs as the pound rises and the Australian dollar weakens. A key factor in this trend has been the shift on the US dollar and the UK with interest rate hikes since both the UK and US are looking to raise interest rates whilst the Australian dollar has been weaker because there are no hikes planned.

This trend seems likely to continue in the weeks ahead as we learn more around the Bank of England who appear very keen to hike interest rates in the future. This will be data dependent but the path ahead is looking clearer which will only help the pound further in the future. The same too is definitely true of the US dollar and the US Federal Reserve who are likely to raise rates up to three more times this year.

As the US interest rate is higher now than the Australian interest rate it makes less sense to hold Australian dollars than US dollars. This has seen a big shift in USDAUD exchange rates which is weighing the Aussie dollar down against the pound and presenting much better opportunities to buy AUD with sterling.

The next really key news is this Thursday with the latest UK GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data which could influence GBPAUD rates. I don’t think this will be a majorly important release but next week could see increased volatility with the latest Australian interest rate decision and important US Non-Farm Payroll data released.

I would not be surprised to GBPAUD pushing higher and we could easily hit 1.90 or the high and mid 1.80’s in April. If you are selling Australian dollars to buy pounds moving sooner than later seems the best bet. Otherwise targetting a more beneficial rate on any spikes might prove a profitable and worthy approach.

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Will GBPAUD remain above 1.80?

The pound to Australian dollar rate is looking like it might rise further in the future so for clients looking to sell AUD for pounds a quick move is probably sensible. With the levels now safely above 1.80 fr over a week the prospect for it to dip back below 1.80 seems unlikely. Overall the expectation for clients who will need to buy pounds with Aussies is that moving sooner will probably be best.

We learned this week that the pound should find more favour against the Australian dollar on the back of improved expectations relating to the prospect of interest rate rises. The GBPAUD rate was dealt a double whammy when the US raised interest rates but also confirmed extra buoyancy in future hikes which has kept the AUD weaker against both currencies.

We learned very recently that the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) will be looking less likely to raise interest rates in the future, this has seen the Australian currency weaker. Interest rates are a major barometer of what will happen to a currency in the future, the expectations that the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England will raise interest rates ahead of the RBA is putting the Aussie on the back foot.

The next stages of progress will be made in the coming weeks, any surprise twists and turns on Brexit could unsettle the pound GBPAUD rate but the overall impression looks more positive. If you have a transfer buying or selling pounds and Australian dollars making plans ahead of any spike is the best course of action.

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GBPAUD hits 1.80!

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate is currently rising and has hit the magical 1.80 level this afternoon. This is presenting some of the best fresh opportunities to buy AUD with sterling since the Referendum. This is a very important psychological level of resistance and now this is breached we might struggle to get back below if certain conditions are met.

These conditions stem from a technical analysis of the market that states, generally once a rate has broken a certain level and can remain above it consistently, it will then be more likely to remain above that price. The belief on the rates is that this needs to be sustained over a few sessions for it to be seen as a consistent move. Much will now depend on sentiments towards the ongoing events which have of course driven this shift on the exchange rate.

I feel the pound will now continue to rise against the Australian dollar, this move has been widely expected and appears to be the path of least resistance. With little sign the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) will be raising their base rate anytime soon, the Aussie will in my opinion remain on the weaker side.

Sterling is rising on increasing confidence over what lies ahead on Brexit, next week’s EU summit will be a major driver on the GBPAUD pair. Important too will be the latest news from the US Federal Reserve Bank on Wednesday next week, as they look to raise interest rates. A stronger US dollar has seen a weaker Aussie in recent months and years, this could be a very important week ahead for GBPAUD rates!

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Sterling falls after strong words from the EU, will GBP/AUD continue to fall? (Joseph Wright)

Sterling exchange rates have fallen across the board today, after some strong words from the EU negotiating team regarding Brexit have caused Sterling bulls some cause for concern.

It appears that issues surrounding the Northern Irish border and how the customs union will continue along with whether there will be a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Regular readers of ours will be aware that it’s Brexit related data that’s causing GBP exchange rates to move the most dramatically at the moment, and today is no different as such as an update from Michel Barnier is impacting the Pounds value to a greater extent than the news of a rate hike from the Bank of England recently.

The Pound to Aussie Dollar rate is now dropping into the mid 1.70’s after testing the late 1.70’s in recent weeks. Tomorrow there is the potential for further price movement as there will be there release of Manufacturing data which will cover expectations moving forward. Then on Friday there will be Services PMI which again will cover sentiment moving forward in what’s a very important sector for the UK.

If you would like to plan around these events do feel free to get in touch with me. Also Bank of England governor Mark Carney and UK Prime Minister Theresa May will be speaking on Friday which may move markets, so again it’s worth being aware of this.

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.

 

Factors effecting AUD (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – UK Retail Sales hurt Sterling

The Australian Dollar has strengthened against the Pound of late due to retail sales data coming in lower than expectations on Friday.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals the data for both year on year and month on month changes. Retail sales volume was up 1.6% year on year in January, an increase from the previous period 1.5%, but still well below the expected 2.5%.
The monthly growth rate for the quantity bought increased by 0.1% with declines across all main sectors except non-food stores. The results were buoyed by small rise in the purchase of sporting equipment due to the January gym rush this helped offset a fall food sales.
The results were taken as negative and Sterling has suffered as a result.
Richard Lim, Chief Executive of the research consultancy Retail Economics stated the following:
‘Following a wave of profit warning and job cut announcements, these figures confirm a terrible start to the year for retailers. Indeed the worst January since 2013’.

Interest Rate Forecast from the RBA

Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia spoke on Friday and stated that a rate hike would be dependent on inflation rising and further falls in unemployment. He did however say that in regards to a change in monetary policy the RBA would ‘move interest rates up, rather than down’. Inflation is s ac concern down under but Lowe said a strengthening global economy would help put inflation back on the agenda. These statements did cause the Aussie to strengthen against the majority of major currencies. Personally I would be surprised to see a rate hike this year.

Iron Ore Crucial to the value of AUD

Iron Ore is Australia’s biggest export, predominantly to the Chinese. Fluctuations in the price of Iron Ore has a result on the Aussie. Metal Bulletin’s Iron Ore index climbed to the Highest level since January 2011 which bodes well for the Australian Dollar.
I am of the opinion the Pound is chronically undervalued at present. Brexit uncertainty is currently anchoring Sterling and will do until we have clarity on a Brexit deal.

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Will the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate break out of its current trend? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Australian Dollar buying rate is continuing to hover around the 1.73 mark at the mid-market level.

Whilst there have been some short term moves away from this level the pairs movements have been relatively tame for the last few weeks, which is quite a change considering how the pair has moved over the past couple of years.

Since the Brexit vote and the fall in the Pounds value due to the shock of the referendum outcome, the pair have remained range-bound between 1.5950 and 1.7950. With the pair currently trading quite comfortably above 1.70 I think it’s fair to say that the Pound is closer to the top end of its 18-month trend as opposed to the bottom, and those planning on converting Pounds into Aussie Dollars should consider this.

Sentiment surround the Australian economy has been buoyed today after Australian Consumer Confidence figures came out better than expected in the early hours of this morning.

This is the best level since the end of 2013 and if economic data releases and gauges down under continue to impress we could see the Aussie strengthen and push the GBP/AUD rate back below 1.70.

If you’re following the pair and would like to be kept updated should there be a big move for the pair, 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.

Sterling climbs slightly as political reshuffle springs no surprises (Joseph Wright)

Sterling sellers have seen a boost to the exchange rates available to them today, after the Pound is up across the board of major currency pairs even if only slightly.

This comes on a day that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has reshuffled her cabinet, with most moves being predictable according to political analysts.

Brexit related news is of course likely to continue to be one of the main drivers of Sterling price movements, although there are reports that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit is beginning to fade. Sterling volatility is expected to wane in the short term future after a market gauge that measures expected volatility was trading at a three-year low earlier today, which means that analysts aren’t expecting to see any market swings in the upcoming months for Sterling exchange rates.

Since the Brexit GBP/AUD has lost quite a lot of value, but the pair are currently trading towards the top end of the recent trend despite GBP losing some value recently as the Aussie Dollar strengthened.

Market predictors are one thing, but I personally wouldn’t rule out a big move in either direction for GBP to AUD exchange rates in the event of a major breakthrough or stumbling block being made public in regards to the second round of Brexit negotiations.

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.

Aussie Dollar bull run pauses as data disappoints, but will AUD/GBP continue to climb in the long run? (Joseph Wright)

The strong upward trend for the Aussie Dollar paused today as financial markets were disappointed with data released down under.

The Pound to Aussie Dollar rate climbed back up to 1.73 today after losing value in recent weeks as the Aussie has been strengthening, but the GBP/AUD rate still has a long was to go to recover back to the high 1.70’s it was trading at just a short while ago.

AUD fell in value today though after Australia’s trade balance figures fell short of forecasts and into a deficit, meaning that the Aussie economy isn’t quite as strong as many had expected.

Recently the Aussie Dollar had been strengthening off the back of substantial gains in the value of iron ore, which is a key export of Australia’s.

Moving forward I expect the par to continue to be driven by both the performance of Australia’s economy coupled with Brexit related updates. Sentiment surrounding how smoothly the Brexit will take place and how the UK economy will fair during and after the Brexit have continued to have perhaps more of an impact on the Pound’s value than the performance of the UK economy, especially when we consider that the UK economy outperformed almost every economists predictions yet GBP is still fairly weak.

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 rate hits a 5-month high, will the upward trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

Those following the GBP/AUD rate will be aware of the positive moves for the Pound recently, and within the past 24 hours the rate has hit a 5-month high making it a good time for Sterling sellers.

The rate has traded within just 2 and a half cents of the best levels in the last year, so the questions are now being asked as to whether the pair can reach a new 1-year high.

Those with a currency requirement involving the pair should be aware that the Pound isn’t trading in such a strong fashion against many other major currency pairs, and that in my opinion there is potential for the Pound to fall for a number of reasons.

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May is currently under pressure as rumours build that there a a number of members of her party prepared to sign a vote of no-confidence regarding her position. Should this issue surface I would personally expect to see the Pound fall quite dramatically against the Aussie Dollar amongst other major currencies.

At the same time inflation hasn’t quite hit the high levels the Bank of England was expecting to see so the chances of future rate hikes have diminished somewhat, certainty regarding the short term future.

If you’re following the GBP/AUD rate and would like to be kept updated to any major swings in the rate, 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.

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.