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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.

 

GBP/AUD Forecast Difficult to Judge (Ben Fletcher)

Sterling dropped today after inflation defied expectations and held at the previous level of 2.6%. There was hopes that inflation may rise up to 2.7% however it didn’t happen and the markets responded with Sterling losing a cent against the Australian Dollar. Whilst Sterling has dropped today, in my opinion it didn’t quite go as far as I thought it might. This is due to some of the concerns with the Australian economy which does suggests the Aussie strength is dwindling.

The number of new builds expected in the next few years in Australia looks set to fall which has an effect on the price of housing and the amount of jobs across the country. There is low inflation levels in Australia and despite the Reserve Bank of Australia suggesting they may increase interest rates to 3.5% in the next few years, they wont before inflation rises. This suggests that whilst the GBP/AUD is currently sitting around the mid 1.60’s if good news for Sterling becomes apparent the rate could rise sharply to 1.70.

Unemployment Tomorrow

In the short term there will be Unemployment Data in the early hours of Thursday morning which is expected to show July’s rate has stayed the same as June, however any deviation from this could have a positive or negative effect on rate depending on the direction. Currently with Sterling struggling and on a negative streak I do think there is more chance of the rate falling than going up.

If you do have a question with regards to my forecast or have a different question please get in touch. 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 Ben Fletcher at brf@currencies.co.uk

 

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

Could Sterling face further losses against the Australian Dollar? (Daniel Johnson)

Inflation a growing concern for the UK

The pound continues to weaken against the Australian dollar. The latest UK interest rate decision did the pound no favours. Interest rates closely linked to inflation. Inflation is  a major concern for the UK at present and at one point threatening to breach 3%. We have now seen a a drop to 2.6% and many believe this is a negative for the economy. I do not share this view, inflation is only beneficial if average wage growth is close to being in sync, it is currently some way behind inflation at 1.8%. If consumers are not prepared to pay over inflated prices for their goods and services this is when growth dwindles and there is the potential for a recession.

Their have been rumours circulating the Bank of England (BOE) could hike interest rates should inflation rise above 3%, so the fall to 2.6% was seen as negative to investors and the pound fell in value as a result. The previous monetary policy committee (MPC)  vote came in at 5-3, with three members in favour of a hike. Kristin Ford has left the MPC however, and has been replaced by Silvana Tenreyo who voted to hold rates. The vote now at 6-2 did little to help Sterling against the Euro.

RBA fear the strong Aussie could damage exports

Down under the strength of the Australian dollar is a concern due to the heavy reliance on trade partners buying Australian raw materials. Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Philip Lowe will know doubt attempt to jaw bone and talk down the value of the Aussie rather than making a  more drastic change to moneatry policy. I doubt jawboning will have the desired impact.

Hans Redeker from Morgan Stanley recently stated “We expect the AUD to continue to move higher in the short-term as yield-seeking behavior continues,”

The high interest rates  offered in Australia are currently very attractive to the investor, especially considering the weaning of the US dollar of late.

In order for the pound  to rally we need a stable government and the stance on Brexit to be made clear. A rise in inflation could force the BOE’s hand on a rate hike, but this it is not a healthy move for the economy and a long shot if you are hoping for this to bolster Sterling against the Aussie.

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.

Will GBP/AUD return to its March lows and trade in the 1.50’s once again? (Joseph Wright)

Unfortunately for those planning on exchanging Pounds into Australian Dollars in the short term future, the Pound appears to be on track to return to it’s post-Brexit vote lows.

It was back in March when GBP/AUD broke below 1.60 before recovering. The Pound is coming under pressure against most major currency pairs at the moment with just a few exceptions such as the Swiss Franc.

For those with a need to exchange the Pound into Aussie Dollars its worth noting that the Pound hit fresh lows against the Euro during today’s trading session, so if the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate is to follow suite the pair have another 5 or so cents before that happens.

At 11am tomorrow there could be movement between the GBP/AUD pair as an Inflation Report Hearing in the UK will take place, and due to the inflation levels in the UK currently under the microscope due to the fall in the value of the Pound I expect investors to listen closely for hints at future monetary policy in the UK. I wouldn’t completely rule out an interest rate hike this year if need be and talk of one could provide the Pound with a much needed boost.

On Thursday afternoon there will be a GDP estimate figure for the past 3-months to July, and this release comes after a bout of data on Instruction and Manufacturing which could also impact Sterling/Aussie exchange rates should the outcomes deviate greatly from expectations.

If you have an upcoming currency requirement involving the Pound and Aussie Dollar, do feel free to get in touch as I’ll be happy to discuss our commercial exchange rates with you, along with my opinion on potential future price fluctuations. You can email me an outline of your plans to jxw@currencies.co.uk or even provide with a telephone number if you wish to discuss it as soon as possible. 

Will pressure on Sterling result in further falls for GBP/AUD, even if the RBA doesn’t want a stronger Aussie Dollar? (Joseph Wright)

There has been a lot of talk recently from both economists as well as the Reserve Bank of Australia that the Aussie Dollar is an overvalued currency.

Of all the major currencies the Aussie Dollar is the 4th best performer so far in 2017, and whilst this sounds like a positive thing to many the reality is an overvalued currency isn’t great news for export driven currencies due to the fact that it makes purchasing goods from Aussie more expensive, and therefore negatively impacts the economy.

The issue the RBA have is that cutting interest rates again in order to stem demand for the currency isn’t easy, as the likely market reaction within the property market would be negative. This is why I don’t think there will be a rate cut, as the property market is already overheating and if they make mortgages even more affordable that problem could spiral, especially in the East-cost of the country where property prices are already very high and unaffordable in many cases.

The Pound is coming under increasing pressure due to the Bank of England’s decision not to raise interest rates, and also just yesterday it emerged that the BoE’s forecast for the UK economy in 2017 isn’t going to grow at the rate they had previously expected.

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.

 

Where can we expect GBPAUD rates to go in August?

I would be very surprised to see GBPAUD slip below 1.60 but equally surprised to see it rise above 1.70. Current levels in and around the 1.65 represent a fairly mid range price from what we have been used to for most of 2017. The pound has of course been the big loser with uncertainty over the Brexit but trends on the Australian dollar have also been really important. If you have a transfer buying or selling Australian dollars understanding the market and all of your options is key to maximising the opportunity for your transfer.

Yesterday was the big news for the GBPAUD exchange rate, the UK’s Super Thursday of data releases including the Bank of England and the Quarterly Inflation Report. The pound could easily drift lower in the coming weeks but the move yesterday was definitely something for both buyers and sellers of Australian dollars to take note of. Basically the lack of any interest rate hike for the UK makes it very difficult to expect the pound to rise sharply this month. What can we learn from this?

If you have a transfer to make buying the Australian dollar with pounds the outlook for sterling remains uncertain and expecting big improvements could be very risky as many clients have found out recently. Conversely clients looking to sell AUD for GBP are in a very good position because of the weakness of the pound which is representing a very good opportunity for them to sell.

I expect GBPAUD to trade in a range of between 1.62 and 1.67 for the rest of August. If you have a transfer to make in the coming weeks and wish for a better level please let me know by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading and please let me know if there is anything I can help with.

Interest Rate Decision and Inflation Report set to cause volatility (Daniel Johnson)

Inflation a major concern for the UK Economy

The pound is suffering against the majority of major currencies. The UK economy was in a strong position before the call for a referendum. Cameron used it as a bargaining chip against Brussels which has had drastic results. Politicians with their own agendas has caused this monumental fall for the pound. Boris jumping on the leave train with Farage and then May failing to gain a majority victory in the election.

Inflation is now a key issue,  it hit a peak of 2.9% The most recent figures showed a fall to 2.6% which caused Sterling to weaken. I believe this to be a good thing as the closer inflation is to average wage growth  the stronger the UK economy. Average wage growth currently sits at 1.8% some way for current inflation levels. If there is a large gap between inflation and average wage growth people may stop purchasing goods and services that are now over valued. If people do begin to tighten the purse strings there is the potential for a recession.

Sterling fell in value following the fall in inflation as the chance of a rate hike became less likely. If inflation had continued to rise there was the possibility the Bank of England would choose to raise interest rates. Investors are less likely to move to the pound due to this, I do not feel monetary policy change is the solution to the UK’s problems. A stable government is essential for Sterling to rally and we also require a firm stance on Brexit talks, although I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Super Thursday could cause big swings on GBP/AUD

Thursday could cause high levels of volatility on GBP/AUD. We have the UK interest rate decision followed by the results of the Monetary Policy Committee vote. The nine members vote to lower rates, keep them on hold or raise rates. If there is a change in how the members vote, expect the markets to react. We also have the eagerly anticipated quarterly inflation report which is sure to cause volatility. Hints toward how monetary policy will be implemented going forward will be given at Mark Carney’s speech following the data releases.

Australian Trade Balance Data could influence GBP/AUD

Down under trade balance figures are released in the early hours on Thursday morning. Australia is heavily reliant on the health of its exports and this has the potential to impact GBP/AUD. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) are concerned with the strength of the Australian Dollar as it is making goods and services more expensive for oversea buyers. Although I would be surprised to see any change in monetary policy short term I would expect jawboning from RBA governor Philip Lowe to try and artificially talk the value of the currency down in coming weeks.

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 (Daniel Johnson) on dcj@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

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.