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Sterling loses further ground on the Aussie Dollar, will GBP/AUD fall back into the early 1.60’s? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has fallen across the board of major currency pairs today, after some disappointing Retail Sales figures got the Pound off to a slow start.

The rate of inflation increasing to its highest level in 5-years along with wages struggling to keep up has been in the financial news recently, and applying pressure to the Pounds value.

The negative effects of the reducing purchasing power of the UK consumer is beginning to show, as today’s Retail Sales figures demonstrated that year-on-year sales in the UK retail sector are slowing, and on a monthly basis the figure for sales is now negative.

Many had hoped to see the Bank of England look at hiking interest rates in order to stem the issue, although hopes of a rate hike in early November have fallen this week after the BoE governor Mark Carney was quite dovish in his speech earlier this week.

Personally I think there could be a small hike in November but I don’t expect to see this push the GBP/AUD rate back above 1.70, as the pair have already fallen some distance since hitting last months highs when the rate hike was first discussed by the BoE.

Aside from the above issues I expect to see Brexit negotiations and how they’re unfolding continue to impact GBP rates across the board, and if you would like to be notified if there are any short term price changes for the Pound do feel free to register your interest with me.

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 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.

Busy day for GBP/AUD exchange rate, can we expect to see similar volatility moving forward? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has been trading in a volatile fashion today as a number of headlines have resulted in Sterling movement.

Although there is no major data set for release out of the UK this week, and there was little released today by the way, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pound move further as Brexit talks appear to be heating up.

This afternoon we saw the Pound sold off as it appeared that Brexit Secretary David Davis has a different opinion to his European counterparts regarding how Brexit negotiations are going. The International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director, Christine Lagarde today also threw her hat into the mix and stated that there needs to be more clarity regarding the Brexit, and that a ‘No Deal’ Brexit is unimaginable.

The downward trend has since reversed for the Pound as in the last 30 minutes or so its been reported that Michel Barnier, the European Chief Negotiator for Brexit has stated that the EU could offer the UK a 2-year transition stay in the EU market after Brexit.

In a market like this its very difficult to judge which way the market will move, but working on a trading floor means that we’re able to react quickly to the sudden moves.

Today’s price movement has been over 1.25% which on large currency transfers can equate to a substantial amount of money, which is where timing your transfers can really make the difference.

There are no major announcements out of Australia either this week, so I expect the pair to continue to be driven by sentiment with today’s trading session being a clear example of how comments from significant personnel can move the markets.

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 rise or fall in October?

The pound to Australian dollar rate is looking more and more fragile in recent weeks yet has remained in the higher 1.60’s and even over 1.70 since the beginning of September. With wage growth a concern and consumer confidence starting to slip there is a growing concern there will not be any interest rate hikes for some time down under. This has seen the Australian dollar weaker as investor debate the next move from the RBA, further weakness on the Australian dollar would not be too surprising at all.

Buying Australian dollars with pounds has become much less costly in the last month as the pound surged on an expectation the Bank of England might raise interest rates next month. Coupled with mounting concerns over the dates for any possible Australian interest rate hikes GBPAUD climbed to some of the best rates since June.

Despite the inherent uncertainty over Brexit the pound is much better supported on renewed belief the UK Government under Theresa May will deliver Brexit. With a transitional period being discussed to extend the time frame for when the UK legally leaves the EU, there is now scope for the pound to find more support.

Whilst uncertainty over Brexit and a renewed confidence in the Aussie could see us shift lower in the the mid 1.60’s or even lower, for now the outlook seems to favour GBPAUD in a range of 1.68-1.73, I see it finding supporting above 1.70 in the next few weeks.

If you have a transfer to make buying or selling Australian dollar making plans around these key events is vital to getting the best deals. If you wish to discuss your transfer in more detail please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk

More of case of Sterling weakness the Aussie strength (Daniel Johnson)

BOE Rate hike based on misleading data

After GBP/AUD breached 1.70 which is considered to be a resistance point many hoped for further Sterling gains. Unfortunately this window of opportunity was small. Mark Carney the governor of the Bank of England (BOE) stated there is the possibility of a UK interest hike as early as November. I am of the opinion there is not enough justification for a hike as inflation is moving at a rapid pace and average wage growth is actually declining. He has used unemployment levels a  positive for the economy, being touted as the best levels since the 70s, but there has only recently been the introduction of zero hour contracts.

UK politics anchoring the pound

Although we have seen gains for the Aussie of late I am of the opinion this is more down to Sterling weakness than Australian Dollar strength. After the debacle that was Theresa May’s speech at the conservative party conference there have been calls for a new leadership election. Former Tory party chairman, Grant Shapps has mentioned that there are as many as thirty MPs who wish too oust May from her position. Now six months into her tenure you would have hoped she would now be in a stable position, but it is far from it. Political uncertainty historically weakens the currency in question so this situation does not bode well for the pound.

AUD Retail Sales

As mentioned earlier I believe the gains fro the Aussie are due to Sterling weakness rather than AUD strength, this is highlighted by the lack movement in favour of the pound following the worst Australian retails sales data in over four years.

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) assistant governor Guy Debelle is due to speak during the night and he does have the power to influence the markets. If he mentions monetary policy moving forward we could see volatility on the exchange. I would expect him to be dovish in terms of any potential rate hikes due to low wage growth, low consumer spending and increasing household debt.

If you have a currency requirement I would be 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.

 

 

Australian Dollar recovers against the Pound (Daniel Johnson)

Australia’s worst retail sales data in four years

Early in the week we saw some quite poor economic data from down under. Retail sales data which was predicted to come in at a 0.3% up, it actually dropped by 0.6% and the pound benefitted as a result. This was the worst retail sales data for four years. It seems consumers have made cuts due high levels of personal debt in goods such as furniture, clothing and food.

Interest rates were kept on hold at 1.5% due to high debt levels, poor inflation and a slow down in wage growth. Despite this I am still of the opinion the UK economy is in a much worse position due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and a lack of political stability.

May fails to unite the Conservatives

Sterling’s rally quickly ended following the debacle which was Theresa May’s speech.  Her aim was to unite the party and bring stability to the conservatives. I think it was close to the opposite.
She coughed throughout  the speech and party posters fell on the floor to add insult to injury. A member of the public managed to breach security and hand her a P45 which had a fake Boris Johnson signature inscribed. In house bickering and the uncertainty of May’s job is not helping the pound. Political uncertainty will almost certainly impact the currency in question. A client of mine said it was so bad it seemed as though it was a sketch from Yes! Prime minister.

The bookmaker Betway have slashed odds to 5/6 that May will no longer be in power by the next general election.

On the Aussie front we could see further gains due to increased demand for Australia’s biggest export Iron ore. I am of the opinion Sterling is in a bad spot and we could see further losses short to medium term.

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.

 

Bad news for the Pound pushes it lower, are trade levels in the early 1.60’s on the horizon again? (Joseph Wright)

Despite some negative data being released down under in the early hours this morning, the Pound has still dropped against AUD throughout the day’s trading.

The worst Retail Sales figures in 4 and a half years were published this morning, as it turns out that Australian consumers are beginning to cut back on items such as food, clothing and furniture.

The reading for July was also revised down from the previous reading, meaning that the two drops in sales figures are the biggest back to back drop since 2010.

Despite this this disappointing data release the Pound has still fallen against the Aussie Dollar, whereas the majority of other major currency pairs have risen against the Aussie.

Sentiment surrounding the Pound took a knock today as ratings agency, Standard & Poors questioned whether the UK could withstand an interest rate rise, and it emerged that car sales in the UK are continuing to drop.

There has also been a lot of talk regarding UK Prime Minister, Theresa May’s calamitous speech to the Conservative party conference on Wednesday.

Odd’s are increasing on her resignation and although I don’t expect any changes at number 10, I think any talk surrounding this matter could result in a weaker Pound which could push the GBP/AUD pair down towards the 1.60 mark.

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.

RBA and BOA in very different positions in regards to Interest Rate Strategy (Daniel Johnson)

BOE indicate possible Interest rate hike

Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England has recently stated there is the strong possibility of an interest rate hike in the coming months. The justification behind this move however is dubious. Inflation is at 2.9%.

Inflation is only healthy for an economy provided average wage growth is moving at a similar pace. This is not the case, latest figures showed a decline to 2.1%. If goods and services are more expensive and consumers are making less money there could well be reluctance to spend. This is when there could be the potential for recession. So why encourage consumers to save by raising rates when you should be encouraging consumers to spend?

Unemployment has also been cited as justification for a rate hike. These are being lauded as the best figures since the 70’s, but this release is misleading as zero hour contracts have recently been introduced and will make up a significant chunk of this data.

The MPC who vote on interest rates voted 7-2 in favor of keeping rates on hold this month. Is such a big swing possible by November?

Still, investors are biting with GBP/AUD consistently breaking 1.70 and Carney is doubtful to change his stance during today’s speech.

RBA concerned about Australian Dollar strength

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) entirely different predicament, whereby the strength of the Aussie is cause for concern. The primary export for Australia is iron ore, Australia is heavily reliant on the Chinese purchasing this raw material. The strength of the Aussie and dwindling growth from China is a real threat to long term economic health. Philip Lowe the head of the RBA has attempted to talk down the value of the currency but has not had the same success as Carney. If you are buying AUD, I am of the opinion maximising your return will depend on your times scale.

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.

 

Is the Aussie Dollars bullish run coming to an end? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound is continuing its recovery against the Aussie Dollar, with the rate rising above the 1.70 mark once again and this time almost hitting 1.72 at its highest point during today’s trading session.

I believe this change in direction for the pair can be put down to both Sterling strength as the pound is also putting in some strong performance against other major currency pairs. This is likely due to Brexit headlines and uncertainties not being in the spotlight which has been a welcome change for those hoping to exchange their Pounds at more competitive levels.

The upward movement for GBP/AUD has also been aided by the weakening Aussie Dollar which had previously been one of the strongest performers of the year.

The drop in the Aussie dollars value can be put down to a slowdown in Chinese growth, falling commodity prices such a iron ore which is key for AUD, and also talk of the Reserve Bank of Australia not planning on hiking interest rates until 2019 which is in start contrast to the Bank of England who have alluded to hike as soon as next month.

Tomorrow morning there will be a key data release out of the UK as UK GDP will be released around 9.30am. If this figure deviates from the expectation we could see further movement, so feel free to get in touch with me if you wish to be kept updated regarding this release.

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 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.