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GBPAUD struggles to maintain recent form

The GBPAUD exchange rate has slipped lower from the highs of 1.69 and 1.70 fairly recently as investor concerns over the outlook for the UK to raise interest rates increase. Yesterday was the latest Inflation data for the UK and today is Unemployment data where we will get the latest news on Wage Inflation. A big driver on GBPAUD rates this week is how the market reacts to the prospect of the UK raising interest rates which now looks less likely.

Overall the Australian dollar has been stronger against sterling after investors retain an interest in the higher yielding Australian dollar which represents a very good opportunity to earn a higher yield on their investments. The big news on the Australian dollar will be the Unemployment data which is released tomorrow evening and could see the Aussie even stronger against the pound.

If you have a transfer buying or selling the Australian dollar then making some plans in advance is key to understanding the current trends and themes in the market. With there being a high chance the pound will lose further value GBPAUD rates could be well worth considering if you have to buy Australian dollars with pounds.

We are currently at some of the better rates of this year, the worst deals were in the 1.50’s so with 1.70 only a couple of cents away and the forecast in my opinion pointing downwards say to the mid or lower 1.60’s, I think if you are buying Australian dollars moving sooner would be the best course of action.

For AUD sellers buying pounds the market remains very favourable so if you have a transfer to consider buying or selling please don’t hesitate to get in touch and discuss further the market and how we can help you. Please email jmw@currencies.co.uk for further information.

When will the RBA raise rates? (and how will this affect the pound to Aussie rate)

The pound to Australian dollar has become more comfortable above 1.70 lately but we are still having trouble sticking above it. My personal belief is that the pound to Australian dollar rate will rise higher through the 1.70’s as the lack of any interest rate cut down under, and the increased prospect of one in the UK, causes the rate to rise. I therefore think it could be many years before we see a rate hike in Australia and agree with some more recent commentators who state it will be 2019 not 2018 before we see the next hike.

The Australian dollar is already weaker as markets agree that any hike next year is less likely, the strength in growth and employment in the Australian economy is high but many question for how long it will last. With savings rates having dwindled in recent years Australians are having to save even more and this will impact consumer spending. The very strong housing market is a cause for concern but raising interest rates won’t necessarily help the boom, but it will make getting on the ladder even trickier for new home buyers and make mortgages more expensive.

Whilst I do not think the UK will raise rates as quick as many expect (some pencil in November) I do expected much increased rhetoric around the topic over the next couple of months and this could well send sterling higher. If you are looking to buy or sell Australian dollars this shift will not occur in a straight line, we will undoubtedly see a rather volatile path.

GBPAUD could easily rise to say 1.76 or 1.80 at the top end in the next two months before as UK rates expectations cool and the prospect of any Australian hikes become clearer, see the rate back into the lower 1.70’s or even sub 1.70 again.

If you need to buy or sell Australian dollars for pounds and wish to get some insight into market movements and strategy to maximise your currency exchange we can help with a personal service and excellent rates. For more information at no cost or 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 and discussing your situation.

A dramatic fall for the Australian dollar

Towards the end of last week the Australian dollar lost value against all of the major currencies due to RBA governor Philip Lowe announcing that it was unlikely the RBA would raise interest rates anytime soon.

Within my last article I suggested this would be the case, as the Governor in recent months has made it clear if the Australian dollar continues to strengthen in value, this could have a negative impact on GDP and the amount of jobs that are created.

The Australian dollar also took a tumble due to a further fall in the commodity iron ore. Iron ore is Australia’s largest goods export and over the last six trading sessions is down 13.7%. There is a direct correlation with iron ore and Australian dollar exchange rates. When iron falls exchange rates fall when iron rises exchange rates rise.

However the Australian dollar didn’t devalue much against sterling this week as Theresa May’s lack lustre speech in Florence Friday left the currency markets wanting more and therefore a sell off of sterling occurred. The PM gave no indication to how much the UK would pay the EU when the UK departs and this is what the market was anticipating.

It’s a quiet week for Australian economic data releases, the only release to look out for is Private sector credit Friday morning however this isn’t normally a big market mover. For people that are buying or selling Australian dollars this week should also analyse the other currency that you are converting.

If you are making a currency conversion in the upcoming weeks or months, I would recommend emailing me with the currency pair you are converting (AUDUSD, AUDEUR, AUDGBP) the reason for your transfer (business transaction, property purchase) and the timescales you are working to and I will respond to your email with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I look forward to speaking with you Monday morning.

Dayle Littlejohn



Pound to Aussie Dollar rate hits an 8-week high after Bank of England hints at a rate hike, will this upward trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound rose sharply today against all major currency pairs after comments from the governor of the Bank of England buoyed the markets.

Up until lunchtime today it had appeared that the Bank of England hadn’t planned on hiking interest rates in the UK until 2019, but that changed this afternoon after a number of comments from Mark Carney (the governor of the Bank of England) hit the financial headlines.

After a higher than expected inflation figure earlier this week, the Pound had climbed slightly on hopes that the BoE would act sooner, and today those hopes materialised which is why we’re seeing the Pound climb so steeply.

Generally speaking, an interest rate hike is considered a positive for the underlying currency in question, hence the sharp rise as the markets mere mostly shocked.

Carney stated that the possibility of a rate hike has increased, and that rates may need to be adjusted in the coming months. He also stated that that he was among the majority of the Monetary Policy Committee members that believe some withdrawal of monetary stimulus will be needed in the coming months.

With comments such as these I expect to see the Pound continue to climb from its current levels, especially if they continue and the rate hikes are carried out.

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.

GBP/AUD Touches On 20 Day High (Ben Fletcher)

The Sterling Aussie rate jumped to 1.638 at the high of today and there could be optimism of further gains over the next few weeks. Sterling having struggled over the past few months has made some of it’s largest gains against the Aussie today. There had been optimism that the Reserve Bank of Australia would start to consider rate hikes but judging from the latest comments following the RBA’s decision earlier this week, there inst going to be a rate hike till late 2018 at the earliest.

Philip Lowe who is the Governor of the Reserve Bank suggested that it would not be in the public’s interest to consider a rate cut as it would make borrowing even cheaper. The Australian economy like much of the world has a major borrowing culture which has seen a over inflated housing market that the RBA seems to have finally got a hold of. If the Reserve Bank of Australia manage to encourage inflation to pick up then the RBA could be swift to act on a rate hike which would strengthen the AUD significantly. In my opinion neither currency is going to make major gains against the other over the next few months. The GBP/AUD rate has remained range bound just above the 1.60 level and any movement towards the 1.65 level should be considered a rate to capitalise on.

If you do have a upcoming currency requirement and would like to discuss what might be the best option, please send me an email to Ben at brf@currencies.co.uk. The currency markets are always moving and timing a transfer can help make sure you achieve the most for your funds. Working for a brokerage I am able to help you achieve the best rates of exchange and set alerts to make sure you capitalise on any movements on your favour.

Sterling Strengthens against AUD on an increase in mortgage approvals (Daniel Johnson)

Mortgage Approvals cause Sterling spike

Yesterday saw the release of UK mortgage approvals data for July which came in above expectations, this was coupled with poor building approvals from down under. Worryingly  however UK house prices have fallen and may continue to do so should inflation remain at high levels and average wage growth continues to lag behind.

The fall in building permit figures is significant down under as in order for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to justify a hike in interest rates there needs growth in this area.

Iron Ore is Australia’s main export, in high demand from Australia’s biggest trading partner, China. We have seen rapid rises in iron or of late which has benefited the Aussie. However, yesterday saw a small decline and this was another catalyst for Australian Dollar weakness.

Despite this positive data from the UK and negatives from Australia, I am doubtful Sterling’s rally will continue. There are two main factors that need to be addressed in order for Sterling strengthen significantly. We need clarification on Brexit and a stable government.

Political uncertainty historically weakens the currency in question. There are currently a growing number of conservative MPs putting forward a vote of no confidence in Theresa May. She either needs support to be ousted and  replaced quickly if the pound has any chance of significant gains.

The white papers that are being released outlining the UK’s aims in negotiations to leave the EU are only documenting small issues at present and none so far are significant enough to move the markets. The big issues on trade and immigration need to be addressed to provide more clarity to investors.

If you have a currency requirement I would b happy to assist. You need to have an experienced broker on board in order to take advantage of rates when a brief spike occurs, especially in the current climate. If you have a currency provider already in place I am prepared to perform a comparison against them. It will take minutes and could potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of pounds. I can be contacted at  dcj@currencies.co.uk.

A warning from the RBA

The Australian dollar has been the fourth best performing currency out of the top 10 most traded currencies and is 10.2% stonger on average against all of the major currencies since that start of the year. However Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia announced last week that he believes the Australian dollar is overvalued and it’s only a matter of time until this starts to have a negative impact on the Australian economy. The Governor beleieves  GDP growth, inflation could start to fall and jobs might be at risk.

Friday morning the Reserve Bank of Australia released their latest monetary policy statement and the central bank reacted to the overvalued Australian dollar by cutting growth forecasts up until the end of the year by 0.5%. However the Reserve Bank of Australia announced that they are optimistic that economic growth would recover over the next 12 months as long as the currency did not continue to strengthen further.

For clients that are selling Australian dollars to buy pounds, I don’t believe the RBA are in the position to cut interest rates in a bid to devalue the Australian dollar however I expect at any opportunity the Governor of the RBA will talk down the currency in a bid to devalue it, a common practice known as jawboning. As exchange rates have improved 10 cents since the start of June and with such an uncertain time ahead this spike in the market may be worth taking advantage of.

If you are trading GBPAUD this week, month or year I would recommend emailing me with the the reason for the transfer (company goods, property purchase) and your timescales and I will response with the options available to you drl@currencies.co.uk. Alternatively if you would like to discuss your requirements over the phone call 01494-787478 and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

** If you are already using a brokerage and would like to know if you are receiving the best rates possible email me with the exact figures and I will reply with our live price. This will take you a few minutes and in the past I have saved clients thousands! **

Interest Rate Decision and Inflation Report set to cause volatility (Daniel Johnson)

Inflation a major concern for the UK Economy

The pound is suffering against the majority of major currencies. The UK economy was in a strong position before the call for a referendum. Cameron used it as a bargaining chip against Brussels which has had drastic results. Politicians with their own agendas has caused this monumental fall for the pound. Boris jumping on the leave train with Farage and then May failing to gain a majority victory in the election.

Inflation is now a key issue,  it hit a peak of 2.9% The most recent figures showed a fall to 2.6% which caused Sterling to weaken. I believe this to be a good thing as the closer inflation is to average wage growth  the stronger the UK economy. Average wage growth currently sits at 1.8% some way for current inflation levels. If there is a large gap between inflation and average wage growth people may stop purchasing goods and services that are now over valued. If people do begin to tighten the purse strings there is the potential for a recession.

Sterling fell in value following the fall in inflation as the chance of a rate hike became less likely. If inflation had continued to rise there was the possibility the Bank of England would choose to raise interest rates. Investors are less likely to move to the pound due to this, I do not feel monetary policy change is the solution to the UK’s problems. A stable government is essential for Sterling to rally and we also require a firm stance on Brexit talks, although I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Super Thursday could cause big swings on GBP/AUD

Thursday could cause high levels of volatility on GBP/AUD. We have the UK interest rate decision followed by the results of the Monetary Policy Committee vote. The nine members vote to lower rates, keep them on hold or raise rates. If there is a change in how the members vote, expect the markets to react. We also have the eagerly anticipated quarterly inflation report which is sure to cause volatility. Hints toward how monetary policy will be implemented going forward will be given at Mark Carney’s speech following the data releases.

Australian Trade Balance Data could influence GBP/AUD

Down under trade balance figures are released in the early hours on Thursday morning. Australia is heavily reliant on the health of its exports and this has the potential to impact GBP/AUD. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) are concerned with the strength of the Australian Dollar as it is making goods and services more expensive for oversea buyers. Although I would be surprised to see any change in monetary policy short term I would expect jawboning from RBA governor Philip Lowe to try and artificially talk the value of the currency down in coming weeks.

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 (Daniel Johnson) on dcj@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Australian Dollar remains strong, but Aussie Dollar sellers should be wary of the RBA’s attempts to weaken it! (Joseph Wright)

In the last month alone the Aussie Dollar has gained an impressive 4% against the US Dollar, and the currency has also manged to find itself trading at the top end of it’s post-Brexit levels against the Pound.

It has also become clear that the Reserve Bank of Australia is skeptical to make amendments to the current interest rate through fear of affecting the housing market. Property prices are overheating down under, especially in the east-coast and a change could create a dramatic impact so I believe there won’t be a change for a while.

The Pound has been underperforming recently which has accentuated the losses for the GBP to AUD rate, and although I think there’s a chance we could see the RBA attempt to talk down the Aussie Dollar and economy in order to keep the currency from becoming even more overvalued, I would rule out a move back down the lowest levels since the Brexit vote of 1.59.

If you are planning on exchanging Aussie Dollars into Pounds and think the rate could become even further favourable, it may be worth looking into setting up a Limit Order in order to try and trade at a higher rate should it become available. I’ll be happy to discuss this in further detail should you wish to.

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’s Woes continue (Daniel Johnson)

A question of who is worse off.

Australia is not in the greatest state. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) are reluctant to making any monetary policy moves due to the problems with housing prices. Australia’s heavy reliance on the Chinese purchasing their raw materials does not bode well for a stable economy. It is almost as though Australia are reliant on China’s very respectable growth continuing, the problem is China’s growth is slipping and their are rumors some of China’s data releases are falsified. Iron ore Australia’s largest export has fell significantly in price which has caused worry among investors.

Australia’s troubles pale in comparison however compared to the UK, although I have faith the UK’s problems will be short to medium term. Unfortunately due to politicians with their own agenda the UK economy is in tatters. Inflation is far too high, not keeping up with average wage growth and house hold debt is shocking. Bordering on pre financial crisis levels witnessed in 2008. Car purchases are through the roof with loan approvals given to those who are in no position to make the payments.

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit negotiations is the main reason Sterling is so weak. until their is transparency on Britain’s stance on exit the pound has little chance of recovery.

If you are buying the Aussie with Sterling you are between a rock and a hard place. 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 endeavor 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.