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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.

 

Governor of Australian Central Bank Speech (Ben Fletcher)

In the early hours of tomorrow morning Philip Lowe who is the Governor of the Bank of Australia will speak providing his latest thoughts on the Australian economy. The RBA recently announced they plan to increase interest rates upto 3.5% over the next few years, which would be a 2% increase.

The speech will provide the thoughts of the Governor and could provide an indication as to when the first hike may be. Inflation is low in Australia and its unlikely until that starts to rise there will be little movement. In my opinion should there be a interest rate hike in the near future in Australia the GBP/EUR rate could start to move towards the 1.60 level if not lower. Sterling is massively struggling with little sign of strength and a Aussie hike would only add further momentum.

There should also be a focus on what the US do over the next few months as a period of uncertainty does not appear to be far away. The US interest rate hikes had started to help the GBP/AUD rate to rise as investors moved funds from Australia to a more secure US Dollar. However if the US for example were to go to war with North Korea, the currency may start to be weaker as investors look for certainty. Australia is one of the only high interest rate economies in the leading markets and could receive even more investment. In short I can see a lot more chance of 1.60 than 1.70 on the GBP/AUD.

If you do have a question with regards to currency markets I am well positioned to be of assistance to you. Please feel free to send me a brief email outlining what you’re looking to do and I will be happy to discuss with you. 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 at brf@currencies.co.uk

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.

 

Political and Economic uncertainty weigh down the Pound (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – Will Sterling’s woes continue?

The pound has had a terrible time recently, GBP/AUD currently sitting at 1.6408. A small increase in GDP this week did little to bolster Sterling’s position. There are many reasons for Sterling’s weakness and I am struggling to find any reason for the pound to rally. The vote to exit the EU is having a huge impact on the UK economy. UK Inflation has been on a rising increase of late, reaching a high of 2.9%. If the rise continued there was potential the Bank of England would increase interest rates. Several members of the Monetary Policy Committee changed their stance and voted in favour of a rate hike. The rumours of a hike caused a short lived spike for the pound, however more recent inflation data saw a fall to 2.6%. With the chance of a rate hike now dashed, the pound fell in value against the Australian Dollar.

I believe a rate hike is not the solution to increase in inflation and the recent dip is a positive thing bringing us closer to average wage growth at 1.8% . There is a close correlation between average wage growth and inflation. Imported goods are more expensive due to the weak value Sterling the price increase is now being passed on to the consumer. Provided consumers still consider to spend this is fine, if they do not however the UK economy could be in serious trouble. Historically, political uncertainty weakens the currency in question and fifteen members of the conservative party have recently given a vote of no confidence regarding May’s position as PM. We need a stable government in place in order for the pound to rally against the Australian Dollar. Inflation has fallen on the other side of the pond and this is detrimental to the Aussie, but nothing that will weaken it considerably.

Brexit Talks a key factor on GBP/AUD buoyancy levels

Compromises will have to be made and the “have your cake and eat strategy” will have to be dropped.  Immigration laws need to allow the freedom of movement of people if there is to be access to free trade and this kind of defeats one of the main reasons  .This goes against one of the main reasons that voters chose to leave the EU  and would cause public uproar. Which is why I think compromises will be made, do not think these will happen quickly however it is likely to happen over time to soften the blow to those who voted to leave.

If you have a currency trade to perform I will be happpy to help. It is vital 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 confidence 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.

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.

Will the GBPAUD rate rise or fall?`

The Australian dollar has been strengthening lately as investors predict that it will be sooner than later the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) has to raise interest rates. Where the RBA had previously been adopting a ore neutral stance which had see the Aussie weaker for part of 2017, the expectation is now for the to raise rates in the future. What this means is that the Australian dollar could strengthen even further and we could see rates to buy Aussies with pound getting more expensive. If you need to buy Australian dollars with pounds or even sell AUD for sterling understanding the market and your options in advance is key to maximising the position.

Expectations for the AUD to rise even further against the pound do seem likely but at the same time it would not be all too surprising to see the currency soften now. For Australia to raise interest rates they have to consider the negative impact on the Australian dollar since as a net exporter (they sell more overseas than they import) it is not good for the country to have an expensive currency. They want a weaker currency to encourage inwward investment and stimulate the economy.

Raising interest rates could easily cause the currency to weaken since with their base rate currently sitting at 1.5% it represents a very good investment compared to other currencies to invest in. Therefore I believe if you have a transfer to consider whilst the rates are uncertain you should be looking to make sure you don’t take too much risk and suddenly find the rate has unexpectedly become more expensive.

If you have a transfer to make current levels to buy pounds with Australian dollars are much improved from the last few weeks but this might not last. And for Aussie buyers the outlook is still shaky and we could easily see rates sub 1.60 once again. For more information on the best way forward with your transaction please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk to get a fresh overview of the market and analysis of the best way forward.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

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 Minutes Tomorrow (Ben Fletcher)

In the early hours of tomorrow morning the RBA will reveal the minutes of their latest meeting. Whenever a central bank reveals the committee’s thoughts markets can always get excited. Several countries around the globe have started to raise interest rates and the recent strength for the Australian Dollar over the last 9 months suggest Australia may be the next to hike rates.

China which is one of the key influences on the Australian economy last week released positive date and installed further confidence that things are settled. In my opinion it would not surprise me if there is a downward movement in the GBP/AUD rate tomorrow morning and may present a good time for Aussie Dollar sellers. However come tomorrow afternoon the main influence will be Bank of England Governor Mark Carney. The UK interest rate conundrum continues on and if Carney makes a hint towards a hike expect a major market movement. Tomorrow could see a good morning for the Aussie Dollar reaching a near month high followed by a return to nearly 1.70 on the GBP/AUD rate.

The end of the week may also bring AUD volatility as there will be a release of June’s unemployment figures. If these are positive expect Aussie Dollar strength, however as always anything negative or unexpected can shock the market.

When the markets are this volatile there will always be spikes and drops, making timing a transfer vital to maximise your funds. If you have any questions with my forecast above or would like to simply discuss an upcoming requirement you have please send me an email to brf@currencies.co.uk. I would be happy to share my thoughts with you and I may be able to offer a viable solution to help you complete a trade, as I have several years experience working for a brokerage

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.

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.