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RBA Interest Rate Forecast vital to AUD value (Daniel Johnson)

NAB predict Rate Hike as early as August

The National Australia Bank (NAB) has a very optimistic forecast in regards to rate hikes by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). They are a minority. They are of the opinion we could see an interest rate hike by 0.25 basus points as early as August.

“The RBA has indicated that it is in no rush to raise rates in lock-step with global central bank counterparts. However, lower unemployment, and evidence of wages growth moving upwards — even gradually — should be enough to give the RBA confidence that inflation will eventually lift above the bottom of the band,” said Alan Oster, NAB Chief Economist.

“We continue to forecast two 25 basis point rate hikes in August and November, although acknowledge the risks are that these hikes could be delayed.”
Oster attached a couple of warnings which could change the RBA’s decision, noting that a slowing in household credit and house prices due to macro-prudential measures implemented by APRA “may help alleviate some concerns about household debt”.He continued “higher AUD may also threaten this outlook although our revised forecasts are for the currency to be 75 US cents by year end”.

Personally I do not share his view. I think a hike by August is very optimistic and economic data is not consistent enough to warrant a hike . Inflation is some way from where it needs to be and there is no reason to suggest there will be a rapid rise between now and August. This a viewpoint shared by the man that counts. RBA Governor, Philip Lowe who recently stated the following.

“further progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to the midpoint of the target range”, adding that it was “likely that the next move in interest rates in Australia will be up, not down”.

He also said “while we do expect steady progress, that progress is likely to be only gradual.

The general consensus is there will not be a rate hike until at least early 2019.

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Will GBPAUD hit 1.80 in February?

The pound has risen against the Aussie to post-Referendum highs recently nudging the 1.80 mark which is presenting some very favourable opportunities for Australian dollar buyers who have so far been suffering since the EU vote. Here at the blog we try and keep clients up to date with the latest news and trends in the market that could influence your decisions on when to buy or sell currency.

The key news driving the GBPAUD this week has been events in the United States with the movement on the stock market and the US dollar triggering some big swings on USD/AUD, which in turn has seen some big movements on GBPAUD. As the Australian dollar lost ground to the US dollar which strengthened following uncertainty over the stock market, the Aussie was weakened against the pound. This is what saw GBPAUD hit the highs of last week.

Flip this all around the soothe of the those stock market fears this week has seen the US dollar lose value as investors have confidence to reinvest in more profitable shores elsewhere like stocks. This has seen the Aussie gain back some ground against the pound. Other factors on the GBPAUD pairing include the Australian Unemployment data released overnight, whilst this didn’t directly see movement on the Aussie it is important.

In underlining the strength of the Australian labour market it leaves the door open to further rate hikes this year but generally the market does not appear likely to want to factor in any hikes. Raising interest rates in Australia almost appears to be necessary in some respects but could prove very damaging.

What we may see is markets gently realising any hikes are unlikely and this could weaken the Aussie. Couple this with some strength fort he pound and GBPAUD could easily test that 1.80 level. If you are looking to make any transfer at 1.80 please speak to us about all of your options and the best way forward to maximise and capitalise on any position you will need to consider.

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Will the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate recover back to pre-Brexit levels anytime soon? (Joseph Wright)

There has been a 1 and a half cent difference between the high and low for GBP/AUD today, as the pair appear to be continuing to decide which direction to move in next.

Sterling has performed in a mixed fashion against the majority of major currency pairs today and I think the economic data released this morning is perhaps one of the reasons for this.

This morning the office for national statistics (ONS) reported that annualised UK Inflation figures for January showed 3%, justifying the Bank of England’s concerns regarding the rising rates of inflation. This was above the expectation of 2.9% and and considerably above the BoE’s 2% inflationary target figure.

The potential for another rate hike from the BoE is now more realistic, and with wage growth now beginning to show signs of an improvement I think there is a chance of it happening this year which is why the pound has been climbing.

GBP/AUD is currently just under 1.80, and if the pair breach this key level I can imagine seeing the rate break through into the 1.80’s even if it’s proving a stubborn barrier up until this point. A move towards 2.00 would be back to pre-Brexit levels, and should AUD continue to weaken I think seeing GBP/AUD closer to this mark sometime throughout 2018 isn’t something to be ruled 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.

Could the RBA meeting on Tuesday be the catalyst to send GBPAUD rates up to 1.80 next week? (Tom Holian)

The Pound has maintained its recent run of good form vs the Australian Dollar during the course of the week ending Friday afternoon with the Interbank level trading at above 1.78 for GBPAUD exchange rates.

Australian inflation data came out lower than expected earlier this week and as we have seen with the UK back in November if inflation rises then the general policy is to raise interest rates.

With inflation down under falling then this means that the Reserve Bank of Australia are much less likely to be looking at raising interest rates in the near future.

On Wednesday evening the US Federal Reserve confirmed that they would be keeping interest rates on hold for the time being although the tone was rather hawkish, which means that a rate hike could be coming.

Indeed, the expectation is currently at 88% that an interest rate hike may occur in March and this is why we have seen the Australian Dollar continue to remain weak.

Global investors are currently offloading the AUD, NZD and ZAR which typically used to have very attractive yields on interest.

However, with the US looking at increasing interest rates as well as having a very strong economy as proved with Friday afternoon’s fantastic jobs report creating 200,000 new jobs in January, money is being ploughed into the US at the moment.

On Tuesday, Australia releases its latest Trade Balance Figures as well as Retail Sales and both will be key to determining what will happen to GBPAUD exchange rates during the course of next week.

The RBA will also announce its latest interest rate decision so if they are quite cautious in their approach could this send GBPAUD rates towards 1.80?

If you have a need to make a currency transfer buying or selling Australian Dollars in the near future then feel free to contact 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 compared to your bank or another currency broker.

Even a small improvement in the exchange rates can make a big difference so feel free to to email me and you may find you could save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Tom Holian) on teh@currencies.co.uk and I will respond to you as soon as I can.

Sterling remains strong despite poor data release (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has managed to hold its ground against the Aussie Dollar today, despite some disappointing data being released earlier today.

It’s emerged that the UK construction sector is relatively flat at the moment, and this is similar to the UK manufacturing sector which also saw disappointing data released recently.

Despite this, the Pound is managing to hold onto its recent gains where the currency has moved up into the later 1.70’s after spending much of last year below 1.70. This suggests to me that the Pound has consolidated at its current levels and I think that there is more of a chance of seeing the pair hit 1.80 than 1.70 recently.

I think the Pound has also been helped by Aussie Dollar weakness which has restricted AUD from regaining any ground. An interesting estimate released recently is that there are forecasts of a 20% decline in iron ore prices throughout 2018, and this comes after the commodity lost quite alot of value recently already.

The reason this is significant is because iron ore is one of Australia’s biggest exports, so therefore a drop in the commodities value is likely to result in a drop in export income for the country.

Those watching this pair should also consider that if there is more talk of a rate hike from the Bank of England in May, we could see Sterling climb even higher.

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.

Could we be headed for further AUD weakness? (Daniel Johnson)

RBA to keep interest rates on hold

Things do not bode well for the Australian Dollar at present. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) have recently indicated that interest rates will be kept on hold for the foreseeable future. It was following Australian inflation data in the final quarter of 2017. There was a slight increase, but it did not meet the expectation of 2%. Some could deem this as positive, but the problem is due to the inconsistencies regionally.

Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney saw inflation hit over 2.1%, but if you look at Perth an area heavily involved in commodity exports inflation is struggling at 0.8%. This is definitely a cause for concern which is the reasoning behind keeping interest rates on hold.

The housing bubble created by those flocking to high wage growth areas is also a problem. The housing market remains strong in the east but is considerably down in the west according to the latest CPI figures.

With Australia highly dependent on raw material export to China it is important to keep an eye on Chinese data. We recently saw a fall in manufacturing data which has also caused Australian Dollar weakness.

GBP/AUD

GBP/AUD now sits above 1.75 which has been a resistance point of late. With the uncertainty surrounding Brexit talks if I was selling Sterling I would consider taking advantage of current levels. The last time we saw GBP/AUD near 1.80 there was a quick retraction possibly due to profit taking.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximise your return. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free, no obligation trading strategy for you. If you have a trade to perform I will also happily provide a free quote and I am confident our rates are among the best in the industry. I would be willing to demonstrate this in form of a comparison with any competitor. You can trade in safety knowing you are dealing with company FCA registered and one that has been trading for 16yrs. Foreign Currency Direct PLC.

If you would like my assistance I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading. Daniel Johnson

 

Will the Australian dollar weaken further?

The Australian dollar has been gently weakening since August when the market learnt that the RBA (Reserve Bank Australia) might not be looking to raise interest rates as quickly as many had assumed. With some concerns in the Australian economy, many had questioned whether or not the RBA would be able to do this and the currency weakened.

2018 could easily see similar concerns raised and the currency struggling, I would be most concerned about the property market in Sydney where house prices have risen dramatically and caused many to be priced out of the market. House prices have risen for a long time but the latest data for Sydney showed a small decline which has seen the Australian dollar weaker.

If house prices are falling under their own accord then there is less need to raise interest rates in the future, most clients looking to buy or sell Australian dollars will be subject to this development. The Brexit will of course also be a big factor in this situation, if you have a currency transaction to undertake I would suggest making plans in advance to reduce the uncertainty connected to this situation.

2018 has plenty of events which could trigger unexpected volatility on the currency markets, there are a series of data releases coming soon which could greatly influence the rates. Often currency movements will be short and sharp, you might not even realise you have missed out on an opportunity.

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Will the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate break out of its current trend? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Australian Dollar buying rate is continuing to hover around the 1.73 mark at the mid-market level.

Whilst there have been some short term moves away from this level the pairs movements have been relatively tame for the last few weeks, which is quite a change considering how the pair has moved over the past couple of years.

Since the Brexit vote and the fall in the Pounds value due to the shock of the referendum outcome, the pair have remained range-bound between 1.5950 and 1.7950. With the pair currently trading quite comfortably above 1.70 I think it’s fair to say that the Pound is closer to the top end of its 18-month trend as opposed to the bottom, and those planning on converting Pounds into Aussie Dollars should consider this.

Sentiment surround the Australian economy has been buoyed today after Australian Consumer Confidence figures came out better than expected in the early hours of this morning.

This is the best level since the end of 2013 and if economic data releases and gauges down under continue to impress we could see the Aussie strengthen and push the GBP/AUD rate back below 1.70.

If you’re following the pair and would like to be kept updated should there be a big move for the pair, 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.

Pound to Aussie Dollar rate jumps on smooth Brexit hopes, will this trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has spiked in value this afternoon across the board of major currency pairs, after this time the Brexit related news is positive.

Many may have expected to see the Brexit talks begin to have less of an impact on the Pounds day to day value, but it appears to be heating up as UK and EU officials prepare for Brexit trade negotiations and time to invoke Article 50 runs out.

The good news for the Pound today can be attributed to reports of the Netherlands and Spain is apparently open to a softer Brexit deal for Britain, which is of course welcome news to those hoping for a stronger Pound.

Those following the Pound should be aware that it’s trading at an 18-month high against the US Dollar.

Moving forward the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate is likely to continue to be driven by sentiment surrounding the Brexit and how the UK economy will perform during and after the transition.

If you would like to be kept updated regarding any short term price changes between the pair discussed today, do feel free to get in touch and register your interest.

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.

Retail Sales data strengthens the Australian Dollar (Daniel Johnson)

Will Retail Sales data continue to be positive?

We recently witnessed a sharp fall in retail sales down under. It was the sharpest fall in four years and alarm bells were ringing. There was a serious problem with housing affordability and wage growth. The housing bubble in Australia is common knowledge with foreign investors willing to pay the inflated house prices. The natives are struggling and are being forced to spend their money on necessities rather than luxury products.

Last month bucked the trend however. We saw a huge rise above the expectations of 0.4% to 1.2% in retail sales. The question is will this growth continue?

I would say the answer to this is sadly no. Having looked into the situation in more detail it looks as though consumers’ obsession with Apple could be the cause along with a spending frenzy on Black Friday. The launch of the iPhone X was the phone that everyone wanted.

If I was an Australian Dollar seller I would be looking to take advantage of current levels. I am of the opinion the data release was an anomaly and I think we will see a sharp fall next month. Take into account that GBP/AUD hit 1.79 recently, so current levels are very favorable.

There is unemployment figures next Thursday and it will be interesting to see if the monster run of form can continue. The last figures were the most impressive since February 2013. I would not however hang on for this release if I was selling the Aussie, a lot can happen in a week.

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.