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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.

Buying Australian rates boosted by softer Brexit murmurs (Joshua Privett)

The state of limbo we’ve been suffering with Sterling this week has show tentative signs of breaking as we head into the weekend, with buying Australian Dollar exchange rates rallying during Friday morning trading.

This prolonged period without clarification on Government policy towards such a sensitive issue as Brexit has left currency investors unsure what to do. There has been such little buying and selling activity involved around the Pound that GBP/AUD has been moored in the high 1.60’s since Monday.

This should all change next week.

The Government’s manifesto will be debated on in Parliament next week to be voted on on Thursday/Friday, before the close of June. Hints of a softer Brexit with Theresa May’s speech at the EU summit today have markets less concerned at the prospect of a tumultuous exit for the UK, and therefore Sterling saw a comforting boost in the morning.

End of week financial flows however halted Sterling’s rally. At the end of the week capital tends to be allocated in the more stable currencies. A camp which Sterling understandably hasn’t occupied for some time. So you tend to see Sterling selling off in favour of the likes of the US Dollar and Swiss France, with the Pound losing out through decreased demand in general.

But if it wasn’t for these clockwork trading patterns before the weekend, AUD sellers would have seen glimpses of what is expected to happen next week. A consolidation of this limbo period since the election, and confirmation of any softer approaches for the Brexit should both play well for Sterling’s value in the eyes of currency markets. Both have a high likelihood of occurring next week, even the Brexit Minister David Davis said as much.

So whilst Australian Dollar sellers are seeing higher urgency to act sooner rather than later in the final week of June, Australian Dollar buyers may consider waiting until the end of next week to secure their AUD purchase.

I strongly recommend that anyone with an Australian Dollar based currency requirement should contact me over the weekend whilst financial markets are closed on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer aimed at maximising your currency return.

I have never had an issue beating the rates of exchange on offer elsewhere, so a brief conversation could save you significant sums of money on a prospective transfer.

Will the issues surrounding the Australian property market weaken AUD further? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate hit 1.7430 at it’s highest point during today’s session, although at the time of writing the Pound appears to have lost all of today’s earlier gains.

It’s difficult to tell which way the rate will move next, although I think that it will be underlying weakness that results in the next big move for the GBP/AUD pair as both currencies are coming under pressure for differing reasons.

China was downgraded by Moody’s (a credit rating agency) for the first time in 30 years due to slowing growth in the region although markets haven’t overreacted as a slowing in growth was inevitable.

This could spell bad news for the Aussie Dollar moving forward due to the interconnected economies (Australia and China) being quite reliant on each other. At the same time further talk of the property markets in Sydney and Melbourne overheating are surfacing again, and with a slowdown in the construction sector down under becoming a talking point as well I think there could be issues for AUD later down the line.

The Pound has also come under pressure due to the terrorist attack earlier this week, and with the election just around the corner we could see further headwinds for the Pound as we get closer to the election date (the 8th of June).

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.

Australian dollar falls due to China’s credit rating (Dayle Littlejohn)

This morning China’s credit rating has been cut by Moody’s by one level to A1. A1 is the fifth highest credit rating by the well established Moody’s, and indicated that the country can meet debt requirements however are susceptible to change due to economic changes.  The reason why China have been cut is that debt levels are continuing to rise and will continue to rise in a bid to keep the economy growing. Moody’s stated “Rising Debt will erode China’s credit metrics, with robust growth increasingly reliant on policy stimulus.”

The slowdown in China is having a direct impact on Australia’s largest export Iron Ore. Fortescue, on of the largest producers of Iron ore have warned that Iron prices could continue to fall in the upcoming months. Since February Iron ore has dropped from $95 dollars per tonne to $60 dollars. With this in mind I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Australian dollar lose value in the upcoming months. Good news for Aussie buyers bad news for Aussie sellers.

However when buying or selling Australian dollars it is always important to analyse the other currency you will be converting. If you are a regular reader you will know that the brokerage I work for is based in the UK and therefore I write many articles including the pound. In regards to GBPAUD exchange rates the pound is under pressure due to the upcoming UK General Election and Brexit negotiations however I wouldn’t be surprised to see a slight rise in the upcoming weeks.

The problem I have longer term for Australian dollar buyers that will be using sterling is that any point I believe Brexit negotiations could stall due to the €100bn divorce settlement. If this occurs I expect exchange rates to fall back to the levels we become accustom to over the last 6 months (1.60).

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the future, I would strongly recommend getting in contact to discuss your situation. The company I work offers a proactive service to offering economic information whilst having the ability to offer award winning exchange rates. Feel free to email me with your requirements along with the timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

Factors impacting GBPAUD exchange rates (Dayle Littlejohn)

In recent months the Australian dollar has been losing ground against sterling for a few reasons. Firstly Iron ore prices, Australia’s largest export an a commodity that Australia heavily rely on has been falling in value. Last week Iron ore stockpiles at Chinese ports rose 1.7% to a record 134.25 million tons as of Friday, according to weekly data from Shanghai Steelhome E-Commerce Co. With reports suggestions China are having a slow down these stock piles continue to rise which in turn would have a negative impact on iron ore prices. Secondly the UK Prime Minister called for a snap election which also provided strength for the pound as a Conservative majority is likely which in turn would give the PM more power when negotiating Brexit.

However recent poor UK economic data has stopped the pound for making any further gains against the Australian dollar. The Bank of England have announced inflation is outpacing wage growth which is real problem for the UK public, however the Bank of England are not in the position to raise interest rates which would combat the inflation pressures.

Looking ahead I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Australian dollar continue to devalue as the FED are likely to raise interest rates in the upcoming months which would lead to a sell off of Australian dollars to buy US dollars and the also the problem with Iron ore is not going away. As for the UK as soon as the General Election is over Brexit negations will be in full swing.

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research have exclaimed Brexit negotiations could cause major swings for sterling exchange rates.  They told their clients they believe sterling’s good run is coming to an end. Personally I think it is impossible to predict how Brexit negotiations will unravel therefore gambling on this could go either way.

The currency company I work for has won numerous awards for exchange rates therefore it enables me to trade Australian dollars at rates better than other brokerages and high street banks. I would recommend sending an email with a brief description of your requirements and your timescales (this is very important, the length of time you have will change your options) and I will email you with my strategy and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk. Alternatively if you would like to discuss your requirements over the phone call 0044 1494-787478 and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

Pound to Aussie Dollar rate continues to fall over UK economic outlook concerns, will the downward trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate fell into the 1.73’s earlier today as the downward pressure upon the Pound continued.

Despite still trading in the 1.70’s the GBP/AUD pair has fallen from its 8-month high as the currency is falling against all major currency pairs, with the drop against some currencies being steeper than others with GBP/EUR’s fall down to a 5-week low bring one of the standout movers.

The main reason for the softening to Sterling’s value can be attributed to the Inflation rate within the UK and its knock on effects.

The rate of Inflation has risen to its highest level since September 2013 and this is significant as it’s come at a time when UK wage growth is stagnating. Inflation is growing at a higher rate than wage growth which is likely to negatively impact consumer spending within the UK, which is an important aspect of the UK economy.

This situation looks gloomy for the Pound moving forward as the Bank of England has ruled out a rate hike in the short term future, especially with a general election just around the corner.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the GBP/AUD rate dip below 1.70 in the short term future, unless there’s a reversal in the steep rise of living costs within 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.

Why is the Australian Dollar weakening against the Pound, and will it continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound is trading at it’s 2017 high against multiple major currencies at the moment, with the Pound to Australian Dollar sitting at an 8-month high making the conversion of Pounds into Aussie Dollars a much more attractive proposition than it was for much of last year (after the Brexit vote).

The Pound has been slowly climbing since UK PM, Theresa May announced a snap election in June, and as the conservatives gain a more favourable position within the polls we’re seeing the value of sterling continue to climb.

At the same time the commodity currencies such as the Aussie Dollar have been struggling, as commodity prices have tumbled recently which is likely to have a knock on effect to the Aussie Dollars value as the Australian economy is negatively impacted as a result.

Just last week the price of Oil, Iron Ore and Copper all fell by 7% along with Gold which fell by 3%.

Tomorrow is likely to be a busy day for the GBP/AUD pair as a number of key data releases are due out. UK Interest Rates will be announced along with Inflation data and UK GDP, so there could be some major moves tomorrow. Feel free to get in touch if you wish to be kept updated regarding these releases.

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.

Will GBPAUD rates hit 1.80? Best rates in 8 months to buy Aussie dollars with pounds!

The overall impression for GBPAUD rates is now much more positive with sterling rising and the Australian dollar on the back foot following a series of releases which have unsettled investors attitudes to the Aussie. The general impression for the markets is that GBPAUD rates could now rise higher as the trends that have contributed to the rise from 1.59 to 1.76 continue further. I would not be ruling out rates of 1.80 in the coming weeks, it appears clients looking to sell AUD for sterling should be making plans around what could be a very volatile and choppy period.

Let us look at the situation from the perspective of clients buying Australian dollars, the rates are very good. We are at the very best rates we have seen since September of last year. The pound has been on the very weak side at the risk of falling further owing to uncertainty surrounding the Brexit. On a £200,000 transfer between the highs and lows you are today looking at an extra 33,000 AUD compared to the lower points. With the market appearing to favour if not further sterling strength then a much stronger and supported pound the general impression is that clients selling AUD to buy pounds will suffer.

Sterling could struggle in the run-up to the UK election but will for sure strengthen once Theresa May is confirmed Prime Minister. The overall viewpoint stemming from the previous elections is the pound weakens before and rise after. However this time it is a little different since the result is largely expected and will therefore be priced in to the value of sterling.

All in all I would be very concerned if I was selling Aussie dollars to buy pounds as it looks like the market has now shifted and to claw back and see rates that were on offer not so long ago come back we will need to see a big change in sentiment and the market forecasts. If you have a transfer to make then this week is vital as we have the latest news from the Bank of England which is likely to create some volatility on the market.

If you are considering any transfer involving buying or selling the pound and Australian dollar then making some plans in advance is sensible to avoid any potential surprises in the market. For more information and assistance in achieving the best rates in the market please speak to me Jonathan by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.