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Is the Australian Dollar overvalued? (Daniel Johnson)

Is there an Interest Rate hike on the cards down under?

The Australian Dollar is considered by some to be overvalued at present with the market factoring future interest rate hikes by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), possibly prematurely.

I am of the opinion a raise in interest rates is not a wise move. Australia relies heavily on China purchasing it’s raw materials. A sharp increase in Australian Dollar value will obviously cause raw materials to become more expensive and could cause China to look elsewhere for it’s goods. Philip Lowe the governor of the RBA may resort to jawboning  in an attempt to talk down the value of the currency as apposed to changing monetary policy.

Sterling Woes continue

Sterling is having trouble at present, sitting at 1.63 on GBP/AUD. In order for the pound to make a significant rally we need a stable government and our stance on Brexit needs to be made clear. Politicians with their own agenda caused this situation now it is time for them to solve it. Fifteen conservative MPs recently put forward a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s position. This does little to help the value of the pound and we are still a long way from clarity on how Brexit will pan out. This amount of uncertainty gives little hope of Sterling strength.

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.

 

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.

What factors could cause the Aussie Dollar to weaken? (Joseph Wright)

Last week the Pound found itself under pressure after a raft of bad data out of the UK has resulted in concerns in a slowing down of the UK economy.

Data showed slowdowns in the manufacturing, construction and importantly the services sector and although the readings were in line with previous readings when GDP is running at 0.4%, the economy is slowing as we enter the 3rd quarter which is a negative sign for those hoping the Pound will climb as the year progresses.

The Reserve Bank of Australia disappointed Aussie Dollar bulls and those hoping the Aussie Dollar will climb last week. Many had hoped for indications of future interest rate hikes from the RBA but these comments never came, with many analysts now confident of a rate hike this year.

The price of Iron Ore has firmed up recently offering AUD some support, but the mixed messages the markets are receiving regarding China’s economy (and whether or not the figures they release are 100% truthful) is likely to weigh on the Aussie Dollars value.

The issues surrounding the housing market overheating in parts of Australia is also likely to be a talking point, and it’s quick market movements that we can help our clients take advantage of in a number of different ways, so feel free to get in touch if you wish to discuss this in further detail.

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.

Disappointing data this week results in the Pound weakening, is the UK economy slowing down? (Joseph Wright)

Throughout the week there has been a series of disappointing data releases out of the UK, along with data this morning from Halifax confirming that property prices within the UK have fallen by 1% with UK house price growth falling to a four-year low.

We found out earlier this morning that manufacturing production within the UK fell last month from the month before, whilst industrial production has also fallen on an annual basis.

The construction sector has also experienced a slowdown recently, and with the raft of bad data released this week it may leave many within the marketplace re-evaluating whether there is much of a chance of an interest rate hike this year.

Unicredit (a major Italian lender) this week forecasted a potential spike of up to 4% if there is a rate hike this year, although personally I cannot see this happening irrespective of the UK’s inflation levels and I think that the Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate is more likely to fall between now and the end of the year.

There is talk of a slowdown in the Aussie economy also, but with the UK entering such a crucial time with Brexit negotiations I cannot see Australia’s issues overpowering those of the UK.

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.

GBPAUD breaks through 1.70 (Dayle Littlejohn)

In recent weeks the pound has been losing ground against the Australian dollar and exchange rates have fallen from 1.75 to 1.67. However today Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney has given Australian dollar buyers something to smile about, as UK interest rates could be hiked in the upcoming months, which would provide strength for sterling as investors look for higher returns on their investments.

The Governor announced today that the MPC will be debating interest rates in the upcoming months and a rate rise all depends on business investment, wage growth, Brexit negotiations and costs for labour.

Off the back of the positive news for the pound GBPAUD has now breached 1.70. To put this into monetary terms the 3 cent improvement this week will save clients £10,000 when purchasing 1,000,000 Australian dollars.

Looking further ahead I expect the pound to continue the upward trend for the remainder of the week and into next week as UK Prime Minister Theresa May should be able to put the election behind her when MPs vote on the queens speech later this week.

The leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn has stated he will try to make amendments to the Queens speech but in reality I can’t see any conservative MP voting against their own party, therefore this story should be over by this time next week.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollar in the upcoming weeks, months or years feel free to email me with the reason for your conversion (company invoice, buying a property) and the timescales you are working to and I will email you with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

** 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 minutes and in the past I have saved clients thousands! **

GBP/AUD moves to week high at 1.69 level (Ben Fletcher)

The GBP/AUD rate has moved up to a week high despite a volatile period for Sterling as the political scene takes centre stage. Brexit talks are dictating the movement for Sterling and any sudden good news could start to see the rate move above the 1.70 level.

Australian Economy Strengthening

Despite a slow start to the year, which revealed low Retail slows and Housing construction falling the Australian economy seems to be picking up. Most of the weak 1st Quarter GDP can be put down to poor weather on the East coast of Australia having an enormous consequence on consumer behaviour and construction conditions. However now that Australia is through the storm business conditions appear to be improving with confidence once again returning.

In the longer term what this could mean for the Aussie is continued strength. Australia earlier this year took the record from the Netherlands for the longest consecutive time of never falling into recession. This is no mean feat and despite external economic pressures weighing down on the economy the condition are positive. China and the general commodity market dictate how Australia fairs from a trade perspective and as the markets have settled so has the Aussie.

Aussie sellers are certainly in a positive predicament and are unlikely to see selling levels much below 1.65 in my opinion. However any upticks for Aussie buyers using Sterling should consider the low 1.70’s as a buying level. The market is currently poised to go either way and with the UK struggling with uncertainty anything could change.

If you do have a requirement to change currency I’m confident I would be able to help you execute a transfer. If you would like to discuss the forecast above please feel free to email me at brf@currencies.co.uk. Working for a currency brokerage I am able to set rate alerts to make sure you’re trading at the right time at a level you’re happy with.

Will GBPAUD reach back to 1.70?

If you are holding pounds and looking to buy Australian dollars it has been a stressful period with the pound failing to spike as many had predicted on the back of the UK election. There was a belief the pound would rally to perhaps over 1.80, the Aussie having been on the back foot as Chinese data was failing to live up to expectation. Lately however the Chinese data is looking much better which, in conjunction with the pound sliding as the hung parliament divides opinion over the British pound, has seen the GBPAUD rate slip too. If you need to buy or sell Australian dollars making some plans around the next twist and turn is crucial since the current market is not pointing clearly in either direction.

We offer detailed insight and strategy to clients looking to move large volumes of currency around the world generally following property transactions or business transfers. This is because when moving such large volumes of say 50,000 GBP up to multi-millions a small difference in the exchange rate can mean a huge difference in the amount of currency you receive. Getting the timing and planning right is crucial to getting the best deals on the rates.

For clients looking towards the GBPAUD exchange rate pairing looking for better rates this week could offer some fresh opportunities with the latest fresh news over the UK’s political situation and also news relating to the Chinese economy. Since the Chinese economy is so closely linked to the Australian dollar keeping up to date with information here is crucial to getting the best rates. If you have a transfer to make this week has a number of releases which could see the GBPAUD rate move say 1 – 2 cents presenting a quick opportunity for savvy buyers and sellers!

For more information on the best rates and how to manage your exchange please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. If there is anything I can help with please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.