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GBP/AUD Forecast Difficult to Judge (Ben Fletcher)

Sterling dropped today after inflation defied expectations and held at the previous level of 2.6%. There was hopes that inflation may rise up to 2.7% however it didn’t happen and the markets responded with Sterling losing a cent against the Australian Dollar. Whilst Sterling has dropped today, in my opinion it didn’t quite go as far as I thought it might. This is due to some of the concerns with the Australian economy which does suggests the Aussie strength is dwindling.

The number of new builds expected in the next few years in Australia looks set to fall which has an effect on the price of housing and the amount of jobs across the country. There is low inflation levels in Australia and despite the Reserve Bank of Australia suggesting they may increase interest rates to 3.5% in the next few years, they wont before inflation rises. This suggests that whilst the GBP/AUD is currently sitting around the mid 1.60’s if good news for Sterling becomes apparent the rate could rise sharply to 1.70.

Unemployment Tomorrow

In the short term there will be Unemployment Data in the early hours of Thursday morning which is expected to show July’s rate has stayed the same as June, however any deviation from this could have a positive or negative effect on rate depending on the direction. Currently with Sterling struggling and on a negative streak I do think there is more chance of the rate falling than going up.

If you do have a question with regards to my forecast or have a different question please get in touch. When you come to moving large sums of money a movement of a cent can often relate to a significant difference in your returns. Helping you formulate a strategy could make sure you’re in the best position to exchange currency when the market is in your favor, please contact me Ben Fletcher at brf@currencies.co.uk

 

Will GBP/AUD return to its March lows and trade in the 1.50’s once again? (Joseph Wright)

Unfortunately for those planning on exchanging Pounds into Australian Dollars in the short term future, the Pound appears to be on track to return to it’s post-Brexit vote lows.

It was back in March when GBP/AUD broke below 1.60 before recovering. The Pound is coming under pressure against most major currency pairs at the moment with just a few exceptions such as the Swiss Franc.

For those with a need to exchange the Pound into Aussie Dollars its worth noting that the Pound hit fresh lows against the Euro during today’s trading session, so if the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate is to follow suite the pair have another 5 or so cents before that happens.

At 11am tomorrow there could be movement between the GBP/AUD pair as an Inflation Report Hearing in the UK will take place, and due to the inflation levels in the UK currently under the microscope due to the fall in the value of the Pound I expect investors to listen closely for hints at future monetary policy in the UK. I wouldn’t completely rule out an interest rate hike this year if need be and talk of one could provide the Pound with a much needed boost.

On Thursday afternoon there will be a GDP estimate figure for the past 3-months to July, and this release comes after a bout of data on Instruction and Manufacturing which could also impact Sterling/Aussie exchange rates should the outcomes deviate greatly from expectations.

If you have an upcoming currency requirement involving the Pound and Aussie Dollar, do feel free to get in touch as I’ll be happy to discuss our commercial exchange rates with you, along with my opinion on potential future price fluctuations. You can email me an outline of your plans to jxw@currencies.co.uk or even provide with a telephone number if you wish to discuss it as soon as possible. 

Will pressure on Sterling result in further falls for GBP/AUD, even if the RBA doesn’t want a stronger Aussie Dollar? (Joseph Wright)

There has been a lot of talk recently from both economists as well as the Reserve Bank of Australia that the Aussie Dollar is an overvalued currency.

Of all the major currencies the Aussie Dollar is the 4th best performer so far in 2017, and whilst this sounds like a positive thing to many the reality is an overvalued currency isn’t great news for export driven currencies due to the fact that it makes purchasing goods from Aussie more expensive, and therefore negatively impacts the economy.

The issue the RBA have is that cutting interest rates again in order to stem demand for the currency isn’t easy, as the likely market reaction within the property market would be negative. This is why I don’t think there will be a rate cut, as the property market is already overheating and if they make mortgages even more affordable that problem could spiral, especially in the East-cost of the country where property prices are already very high and unaffordable in many cases.

The Pound is coming under increasing pressure due to the Bank of England’s decision not to raise interest rates, and also just yesterday it emerged that the BoE’s forecast for the UK economy in 2017 isn’t going to grow at the rate they had previously expected.

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 against the Aussie Dollar as the RBA warns of strong currency putting pressure on Australian economy (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate hit 1.66 in the early hours of this morning, and this was the first time in over 2-weeks that we’ve seen the Pound trade this high.

The headline comments from the Reserve Bank of Australia in the early hours came in the form of a warning, saying that the ‘Aussie’s recent strength has been placing pressure on the Australian economy’ and this resulted in the selling off of AUD.

The RBA appears to be fairly neutral in its outlook for future growth after suggesting that forecasts for the Australian economy remain unchanged (currently at 3% annually).

The fall for the Aussie dollar came after data showed that sentiment within the Manufacturing sector strengthened, along with the positive move of 7% increase in the value of Iron Ore which has given AUD a boost.

It appears that the RBA would prefer a weaker Aussie Dollar and I think that those planning on converting Aussie Dollars into Pounds should consider the gains they’ve seen recently, and whether they think the Aussie can continue to strengthen at its current rate.

This Thursday is likely to be a busy day for Sterling exchange rates as a whole and I expect to see the GBP/AUD rate see volatility. Thursday is being billed as ‘Super Thursday’ and if you would like to discuss why in future detail do feel free to get in touch.

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 improves despite IMF downgrade, is this a sign that the Pound is oversold? (Joseph Wright)

I wrote last week about how some analysts as well as members of the Reserve Bank of Australia are becoming concerned that the Aussie Dollar is becoming overvalued and higher than it perhaps should be, and I believe we will continue to hear similar commentary in the upcoming months.

Earlier in the year the Pound to Aussie rate hit the mid 1.70’s whereas the pair are now trading closer to 1.50 than 1.60. Since the Brexit the lowest the pair have fallen to is to a mid-market level of 1.59 so i don’t think we can rule out another move to these low levels as we don’t require the GBP/AUD pair to do something they haven’t in recent history.

In the early hours of this morning the Pound started off on the back foot after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded both the UK and the US growth forecasts for the rest of this year.

Throughout the day though the Pound has climbed, not just against the Aussie but across the board as the Pound as gained against all major currency pairs today.

Despite this boost I think that we could see the Pound trade at lower levels, especially if the UK inflation rate continues to under-perform and the likelihood of a rate hike from the Bank of England continues to dwindle.

If you have a 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.

Reserve Bank of Australia appear unhappy with ‘overvalued’ Australian Dollar, will they take action? (Joseph Wright)

The Aussie Dollar has not only gained a substantial amount of value against the Pound in recent months, but also against most other major currency pairs.

With the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) already suggesting that there will be no further interest rate changes this year, they now have the issue of an overvalued currency which is a negative for an economy like Australia’s due to it being so heavily export driven.

The reason the RBA is unlikely to amend the interest rate is due to fears of a heavy impact on the already overheating housing market, as making mortgages easier to come by would most likely cause even further issues for house prices down under and especially on the East coast.

The Australian Dollar is now this year’s best-performing major currency so those looking to exchange AUD into another currency should bear this in mind.

Moving forward I think there’s a chance that we could see members of the RBA attempt to jawbone the currency as they will be looking to keep Aussie exports competitive.

The Pound is coming under pressure as Brexit negotiations take place this week in Brussels, and I think there is always the chance of a update on these which could move the markets.

If you have a 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 next week bring further movement for the GBP/AUD pair? (Joseph Wright)

Next week there are a number of key data releases out of both the UK and Australia, which could result in a move away from the current exchange rates available.

The Pound has been weakening in recent weeks after some disappointing data releases in a number of sectors within the UK, which is why I think those following the Pounds value against the Aussie Dollar as well as other major currency pairs should be aware of next weeks releases.

An already under pressure Pound could be put under additional pressure in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Meeting Minutes. A bullish RBA could result in further gains for the Aussie Dollar against Sterling which could push the AUD/GBP pair above the key physiological level of 0.60.

Then at 9.30am on Tuesday morning there will be an inflation reading in the UK, which is a key reading at the moment as the rate of inflation within the UK is currently above the Bank of England’s current target of 2%. I expect a low reading to result in Sterling weakness as it will decrease the likelihood of an interest rate hike in the UK in the short term future.

The is also an Inflation Report Hearing next week within the UK which could impact Sterling exchange rates for the aforementioned reasons.

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 range-bound, but where to next? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate has been trading between 1.66 and 1.68 for a few days now, as the pair appear to have consolidated below 1.70 in the wake of the disappointing election outcome for Sterling bulls.

As of yet there is no official agreement between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) although speculation is mounting as to the amount the Conservatives will have to pay for the coalition, with some speculating amounts of up to £2bn.

Moving forward I’m expecting any news of the coalition to have a potential impact on the Pound to Aussie Dollar buying rate, which is where keeping in touch with us can really help as we’re able to act whenever there’s a big short term move.

Brexit negotiations are now also underway, which is another issue for the government to deal with along with the ongoing Grenfell Tower tragedy and the recent terrorist issues.

On the other hand the Aussie Dollar has been under pressure in recent weeks as the Chinese economy appears to be slowing, which is a negative for the value of AUD as the Australian and Chinese economies are key trading partners.

With both currencies coming pressure for different reasons, it could be that the weaker of the two that results in further price movement for 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.

 

Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate falls again, will the downward trend for the Pound continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Aussie Dollar buying rate dropped again throughout today’s trading session, with the exchange rate dropping by 0.65% throughout the day up until the time of writing.

Not only are the financial markets and investors concerned about the political situation in the UK, with the outcome of the election being one of the worse case scenarios for the UK as it resulted in a Hung Parliament, but the rising rate of Inflation and lower wage growth becoming an issue that could rise to the surface very quickly.

If the rate of inflation continues to climb but the rate of wage growth continues to decline (as figures released today showed it happening for the 3rd month in a row), I think the Pound could find itself trading at a much lower rate than we’re currently witnessing.

My reasoning behind this is because the UK consumer has been propping up the UK economy since the Brexit, which has allowed the ship to steady to an extent after all the warnings from market analysts should the UK pubic have voted to leave the EU.

Should the current trend of higher costs of living in the UK continue I think the Pound may fall as I previously mentioned, and if you would like to be kept updated regarding this matter as well as any others that can potential impact GBP to AUD exchange rates, do feel free to get in touch with me.

There’s a plethora of data due out tomorrow for the UK specifically, so feel free to contact me overnight to discuss these events and how they could impact any short term currency exchange plans you may have.

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 hits its lowest level since April as the election approaches, will the trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Aussie Dollar bucked the trend today and actually gained value vs the Pound during today’s trading session.

As the election polls have swung back in favour of a Conservative majority the Pound has received a boost against most currencies, as the tightening in the polls over the past few weeks has put pressure upon the Pound as is often the case during times of political uncertainty.

The Aussie Dollar managed to buck the trend as in the early hours of this morning as both quarter-on-quarter as well as year-on-year economic growth figures (GDP) came out better than expected. This data release now means that Australia has recorded 103 successive quarters of growth which is a new global record, making the Aussie Dollar strength understandable.

Despite these figures from down under I am expecting to see the Pound climb further across the board of major currency pairs (including AUD) should the Conservative party win a majority when the election result is announced this Friday.

Another potential downside to the Aussie Dollar is the likelihood of another interest rate hike in the US which would limit demand for investors to hold funds in AUD. AUD has benefited from having such a high interest rate for a nation within the developed world, and should other nations, especially those considered less high risk such as the US, begin offering a similar or higher rate we could see a sell-off in the Aussies value due to selling pressures.

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.