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Could the Pound improve against the Australian Dollar this month and possible reasons why? (Tom Holian)

The Pound has been steadily increasing against the Australian Dollar since the turn of the year and although we have seen some small losses for the Pound, generally speaking the market for anyone looking to buy Australian Dollars has been very positive.

With the US threatening to continue raising interest rates the next interest rate hike by the Fed is likely to come in March and this is in part why we have seen the Australian Dollar struggle against the Pound.

On Tuesday the latest set of minutes are due to be released by the Reserve Bank of Australia and I think this could provide the catalyst for Sterling strength against the Australian Dollar as I think the RBA will be relatively cautious in their tone.

If you look at the markets through the eyes of a global investors if you have available funds it is likely that you would look to invest in the US as with interest rates planned to be going up as well as strong growth in the world’s leading economy this could potentially be a good investment.

This could result in a sell off for riskier based currencies such as the AUD and this is why I think in the longer term that we’ll see GBPAUD exchange rates challenge 1.80 before the end of this month.

On Tuesday the UK releases the latest Quarterly Inflation Report Hearings and as inflation has continued to remain higher than the target I think this will put pressure on the Bank of England to look at raising interest rates possibly as early as May.

On Wednesday the latest UK unemployment data is due to be published and although this has been very strong one of the concerns is Average Earnings which have been lagging behind inflation so this could see a bit of volatility for GBPAUD exchange rates in the middle of the week.

If you would like to free quote when buying or selling Australian Dollars and would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly. Having worked in the foreign exchange industry for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers since 2003 I am confident of being able to save you money and help you with the timing of your transfer.

Feel free to email me directly with a brief description of your requirement and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

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.

If you have a currency requirement I would be happy to assist. If you wish to maximise your return it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a trading strategy to suit your needs. If you have a currency provider in place I am willing to perform a live comparison and I am confident I will be able to demonstrate a considerable saving. It will only take a couple of minuites and could be well worth your while.

You can trade in safety knowing your trading with Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a company trading for over 16 years. Our accounts are published online at companies house and we are FCA registered.

If you would like my help I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you.

BOE comments causes Sterling Spike (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – In Depth

Sterling has struggled against the Aussie following the decision to hold a referendum to leave the EU. GBP/AUD sat above 2.20 pre referendum and of late has been mired in the 1.70s. We have seen a recent spike for Sterling which can be atributed to several contributing factors.

Although there was a recent surge in retail sales figures from down under the spike for the Australain Dollar did not last long, as predicted it was an an anomamly that could be put down to Black Friday sales and the release of the iphone X.

Since then the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) have indicated that they will keep interest rates on hold for the considerable future the Aussie has lost value. This can be justified due to the infalted property prices in high wage growth areas. Foreign investors are willing  to pay these prices as investments but it is causing the locals to struggle spending the majority of their funds on neccesities rather than luxury goods. This does not bode well for the Aussie.

The recent surge to 1.79 was caused by hints from the Bank of England (BOE) there could be a rate hike as early as May 2018. The market moves on rumour as well as fact and investors bit.

It is important not to have too high expectations if you are an AUD buyer however, the uncertainty surrounding phase two of Brexit talks has the potential to hurt the pound. Davis and Barnier are far from being on the same hymn sheet.

If you have a currency requirement I would be happy to assist. If you wish to maximise your return it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a trading strategy to suit your needs. If you have a currency provider in place I am willing to perform a live comparison and I am confident I will be able to demonstrate a considerable saving. It will only take a couple of minuites and could be well worth your while.

You can trade in safety knowing your trading with Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a company trading for over 16 years. Our accounts are published online at companies house and we are FCA registered.If you would like my help I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

GBP/AUD remains at 1.77 after RBA opts to hold interest rates (Joseph Wright)

The Reserve Bank of Australia last night chose to keep interest rates unchanged, which was the expected outcome from economists leaving the currency markets unchanged at 1.5%.

This was the first chance the RBA had to make a change this year, and the base rate has remained at 1.5% for around a year and a half now. Many central banks have opted to hike interest rates in recent months, and should this continue it will result in the Australian interest rates being uncompetitive and therefore AUD weakness in my opinion.

Last year AUD benefited from offering one of the highest interest rates in the developed world. Investors are keen to hold funds in a high yielding currency but should AUD lose its competitive edge, it’s likely that money will be taken out of the Aussie Dollar and we’ll see it fall.

Politics also have the potential to move the GBP/AUD pair, especially at the moment as the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in London to discuss the UK’s plans and proposals for Brexit this week.

Those following the Pounds value should be aware of this and the potential it has to impact GBP exchange rates should any key comments be made, and do feel free to register your interest with me if you wish to be updated in the event of a major rate spike.

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 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

 

GBP/AUD – Aussie struggles against Sterling (Dainel Johnson)

Can Sterling’s rally continue?

We have seen some very positive retail sales figures from down under of late, which had caused GBP/AUD to drop as low as 1.71. I am of the opinion the increase in retail sales was an anomaly due to Black Friday and the release of Apple’s iphone X. I would expect a significant drop on the next release.

Sterling has rebounded however, following a very optimistic outlook from Lord Jim O’Neill, economist and former chairman of Goldman Sachs. He has the firm belief that the UK economic back bone is strong and will recover from Brexit in a quick fashion. There has also been news from the Dutch and Spanish finance minsters that they are keen to have a close relationship with the UK post Brexit. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor made similar comments, but this had a more significant effect on GBP/AUD as Germany is considered the engine room of the EU and they are heavily reliant on the UK for their imports.

The US Treasury secretary, Stephen Mnuchin also has stated the US will be forthcoming with a trade deal.  Be wary of thinking the pound will continue to make gains against the Aussie however with phase two of Brexit talks shortly to commence the pound could well take a hit. Talks are set to be elongated and problematic. Both Davis and Barnier are at logger heads on several issues and this does not bode well for the pound.

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

 

What factors are likely to impact the Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate? (Joseph Wright)

Despite the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate improving recently in line with the Pounds good performance in general, there are some analysts expecting to see the Aussie Dollar gain in the months to come.

If the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) follow in the footsteps of the US and begin raising interest rates like many expect them to, I think we can expect to see the Aussie Dollar strengthen so those hoping for a stronger Aussie Dollar should be aware of this.

In the current market conditions the markets are usually aware of any upcoming rates changes and it’s usual to see the change being priced into the value of the currency in the weeks and months leading up to the actual change.

Those following the GBP to AUD exchange rate should be weary of this as any allusions from the RBA could result in immediate changes in the exchange rate which currently sits around the 1.75 mark.

From the UK’s perspective the Brexit is likely to continue to drive the value of the Pound as markets the outcome of Brexit negotiations. A spokesperson for UK Prime Minister Theresa May recently came out and said that there is yet to be a transitional agreement made despite reports from some sources suggesting there was.

If you wish to be updated in the event of a short term price change 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 breaks through 1.75 (Dayle Littlejohn)

Over the last three months GBPAUD exchange rates have fluctuated 8 1/2 cents which has given clients that are buying or selling Australian dollars opportunity. At present GBPAUD has broken through 1.75 and I expect the pound could continue to make further inroads against the Australian dollar.

This week Iron ore prices have showed a slight decline and today Iron Ore is 0.8% down. The Australian economy relies heavily on Iron Ore and Australian dollar exchange rates have a direct correlation. Many forecasters are split to whether Iron ore  over time will rise or fall. Ultimately it all comes down to how much China buy throughout the year. For many years forecasters have suggested a slowdown for China is on the cards but they continue to produce the economic numbers.

Tomorrow morning the UK release key economic data releases in the form of average earning and unemployment rate. Unemployment remains at record lows which is fantastic for UK exchange rates, even though 0 hour contracts are included within these figures. However the average earnings numbers are the concern for the UK. Inflation is outpacing average earning and the UK public are feeling it. If this trend continues further pressure will put on the Bank of England and a change in monetary policy could occur.

Longer term Brexit negotiations will drive the price of GBPAUD. I personally believe that the UK will come to an agreement with the EU therefore a sustained period of 1.80 towards the end the year could be on the cards.

If you need to buy or sell Australian dollars and would like to save as much money as possible, feel free to email me with your requirements and I will respond with the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk. As a company we pride ourselves in the ability to get you a better exchange rate than your current currency provider or your bank. In addition we can outline your options and the potential future events, which will impact your exchange rate. This will help you to make informed and educated decisions.

 

 

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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