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Sterling suffers against AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Poor inflation and poor Retail Sales data could push back BOE rate hike

We have seen very positive news from the UK of late. We have had UK unemployment come in at a 43yr low, a rise in average wage growth and previous retail sales figures came in at 0.8%, well above the expected 0.4%.

We have also recently had news that a Brexit transitional deal has all but been agreed, with the UK having access to the single market until full exit.

GBP/AUD moved as high as the 1.84s. We have seen the Pound take losses over the last few days however. It first took a hit following a fall in inflation pushing away the probability of a rate hike from the Bank of England (BOE) in May. Inflation has now fallen below average wage growth which some may deem as positive, but if people are making more money and not spending it, it does not bode well for the UK economy.

Yesterday there was a sharp fall in retail sales. There was predicted to be a drop from 0.8% to – 0.5%, but they landed at a shocking – 1.2%. The markets remained muted, which surprised me as this surely brings into question a rate hike in May. There was little Sterling weakness.

It was a dovish speech from the Head of the BOE, Mark Carney to convince investors the hike could be put off until later in the year. The pound weakened as a result.

Despite this I still feel the Aussie is fragile. With no hikes planned by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) this year and the US dollar proving to be far more attractive to investors due to higher returns and safe haven status I am not convinced we will see GBP/AUD drop below 1.81. If I was an Australian Dollar seller buying the pound I would take advantage of current levels. Aussie Buyers aim for the 1.84s, 1.85 is proving to be a firm resistance point.

If you have a large currency transfer to perform in the coming days, weeks or months then I will be happy to speak to you directly as I will be willing to help you both with trying to time a transaction and getting you the best possible rate when you do come to trade. A small improvement in a rate of exchange can make a significant difference so for the sake of taking a few minutes to email me you may find you save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can contact me (Daniel Johnson) on dcj@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavor to get back to you as quickly as possible. Thank you for reading.

 

Could the Pound continue its recent strong run vs the Australian Dollar?

Although the Pound dipped yesterday vs the Australian Dollar after UK inflation came out slightly lower than expected the Pound has risen once against vs the AUD during today’s trading session.

UK inflation is a key factor in determining when the Bank of England may look at raising interest rates and the chances are very high that a rate hike may occur when the central bank meet again on 10th May.

Indeed, according to some reports the chances are as high as 85% of an interest rate hike.

The Pound has made a lot of gains vs the Australian Dollar over the last few months and although we saw a brief fall earlier this week I think the negative movement will be relatively short lived.

With the US having increased rates recently the US interest rates now have a higher yield than having money in Australia and this is one of the reasons why the Australian Dollar has weakened recently particularly vs the Pound.

On Tuesday, Australia releases its latest inflation data and with the RBA having announced recently that interest rates are likely to remain on hold for the foreseeable future the data release could cause a lot of movement for GBPAUD exchange rates.

On Wednesday Australia celebrates ANZAC day so expect the markets to remain quite midweek so if you’re happy with rates are on Wednesday that may be the day to make your move.

If you would like more information about buying or selling Australian Dollars and would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry since 2003 I am confident of being able to save you money so feel free to send me an email directly with an outline of your particular requirement.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

What can we expect in the future from GBPAUD exchange rates?

GBPAUD exchange rates have been improving lately reaching some of the best rates to buy Australian dollars with pounds since the Referendum in June 2016. This is very good news for any clients looking to make an international transfer in the future as the last few months have generally been difficult for the pound. The good news may well continue further but with plenty of potential for the pound to struggle clients buying Australian dollars with pounds should I believe be thinking very carefully about what they are aiming for.

The Australian dollar has weakened as a consequence of a much stronger US dollar which is seeing investors transfer their holdings in Australian dollars through to the US dollar. With higher base interest rates than Australia the US dollar has become a much more attractive currency to hold and the previous arguments for holding onto the Australian dollar diminish.

The RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) is likely to be very much on course to be raising interest rates down the line but with the UK and also the US likely to be raising interest rates before the RBA, the prospect for the Aussie to weaken further seems high. Expectations for the GBPAUD rate are in my opinion that it will rise further so if you are looking for any transfers in the future and wish for updates on what is likely to happen, please contact myself, Jonathan Watson, directly.

Please email jmw@currencies.co.uk for more information and thank you for getting in touch.

Best Rates for Buying Australian Dollars – GBP AUD 1.84 (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar remains under pressure as events on the global stage continue to drive the dollar lower. The uncertainty over the potential trade war between the US and China has implications for the Australian dollar too. China is Australia’s largest export market so any slowdown in economic growth in China results in an immediate reduction to Australian exports. The other issue that stems from this is that a global trade war would potentially see a slowdown in economic growth causing some currencies to include the commodity currencies to weaken of which the Australian dollar is one of them.

Rates for GBP AUD are currently sitting above 1.84 which has presented a great opportunity for those clients looking to buy Australian dollars. The pound has been boosted considerably of late on the back of a brighter outlook on Brexit and the prospect of an imminent interest rate increase in the UK. The Bank of England next meet in May and there is a high chance that the central bank will raise interest rates. This seems particularly likely now that wage growth numbers released yesterday increased for the first time in a year. The Bank of England have been paying very close attention to this data set and the boost is proving very positive for sterling.

Those clients looking to sell Australian dollars could see an improvement assuming the rhetoric on trade tariffs begins to die down. The US is currently renegotiating the NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico. You may ask what this has to do with the Australian dollar – In my view any progress on this agreement could signal a turning point for US President Donald Trump with new terms agreed and may start to calm those nerves in the financial markets. As such the Australian dollar could be a beneficiary on any positive developments in the world arena.

To discuss your own requirement and how these events have a direct impact on personal currency transfers then please get in touch with me at jll@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Australian Dollar rate trading at annual high, will the pair now climb higher? (Joseph Wright)

The exchange rate for changing Pounds into Aussie Dollars has traded within half-a-cent from its annual high today, as the almost hit 1.85 again during today’s trading session.

As many of our regular readers will be aware, sentiment surrounding the Pound has improved quite considerably recently after roughly a month ago the UK and EU Brexit negotiators came to an agreement regarding the Brexit transitional deal. This was a topic that limited the Pound’s value prior tot he agreement, as there were concerns that there would be a Hard Brexit which most likely would’ve resulted in a weaker Pound due to the shock to the UK economy.

Now that there is likely to be an interest rate hike from the Bank of England next month, sentiment is improving as the UK economy is showing signs of picking up, even if the Brexit has slowed the economy somewhat.

Moving forward, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pound climb from its current levels as I think AUD will continue to lose value throughout the year. Now that the Fed Reserve has begun hiking interest rates in the US, AUD is likely to lose some of its attractiveness as it will no longer be offering one of the highest interest rates within the developed world. At the same time trade tensions between the US and China are likely to limit upside for AUD in my opinion.

There are expectations that the Reserve Bank of Australia will increase interest rates to 1.75% at the end of this year, although up until this stage the RBA has been skeptical due to the overheating property market down under, particularly on the East coast. With the RBA being weary of the effects this could have on the Australian economy, I think they will leave it late before making an amendment.

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 GBPAUD continue towards 1.90?

Since the start of the year GBPAUD exchange rates have improved by over 10 cents, and clients converting £200,000 into Australian dollars are now achieving an additional 25,ooo dollars. 

The Australian dollar continues to struggle on due to the over inflated housing market which is a reason why the Reserve Bank of Australia continue to keep interest rates on hold at 1.5%. Furthermore ‘trade wars’ between the US and China (Australia main trading partner), is causing investors to move away from risky commodity currencies such as the Australian dollar.

The pound has had a good run of late due to the UK securing a transitional deal and the Bank of England hinting that an interest rate hike is likely for June. Today the UK will release their latest average earnings numbers and on Thursday their latest inflation numbers. The consensus is for average earnings to outpace inflation for the first time in many years.

If this is the case, an interest rate hike looks almost certain and therefore I expect the pound may rise slightly against the Australian dollar. However I expect that the market has already priced in the interest rate hike in May, therefore I don’t see the pound making substantial gains.

Looking further ahead I don’t believe it’s all smiles for Australian dollar buyers. The most important element of Brexit is to be decided which is the trade talks. Over the last 18 months we have seen the pound come under pressure when a fresh round of Brexit talks begin. If you need to purchase Australian dollars short to medium term, this week could provide the best opportunity for some time to come.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the future, I would strongly recommend getting in contact to discuss your situation. The company I work offers a proactive service to offering economic information whilst having the ability to offer award winning exchange rates. Feel free to email me with your requirements along with the timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

GBP AUD Exchange Rates Rally on Uncertainty for Commodity Currencies (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar has weakened again after coming under pressure from the recent trade tariffs being imposed by China and the US. The Australian dollar as a commodity currency is impacted negatively when there is a threat to global growth and that risk is very real in the current climate. With tit for tat trade tariffs being imposed by both nations there have been concerns that things could escalate and end up in a global trade war.

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a conciliatory speech this morning and even suggested opening trade which would include a reduction on import tariffs on vehicles and even hinted at encouraging imports. It follows a tweet from Trump yesterday which highlighted that China has been slapping on tariffs to the tune of 25% whilst in the US that tariff has only been 2.5%

I don’t think anyone is expecting a fully blown trade war but there is still some nervousness about the trade disputes which also moves into the realms of the NAFTA trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico. The Canadian dollar is another commodity currency also feeling the pinch and how Trump handles these negotiations will almost certainly have a knock on effect on the Aussie.

Those clients looking to buy Australian dollars with pounds could see some more positive movement as the trade disputes intensify but at some point an outcome should be reached and this should be beneficial for the Aussie. Rates for GBP AUD are hovering around 1.83 and are proving to be some of the best levels we have seen for some time. A rally in commodity prices on brighter global outlook could see material gains for the Aussie and reverse the good gains that have been witnessed.

For more information on Australian dollar exchange rates and assistance in making a transfer either buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me at jll@currencies.co.uk

Westpac issues warning for Australian dollar sellers (Dayle Littlejohn)

In a recent report by Westpac have warned their Australian clients that further falls could be on the horizon for the Australian dollar. Commodity prices including iron ore and coaking coal (used for making steel) have dropped 15-20% since February and this trend could continue if there is a slowdown in china like many forecasters are predicting. One of the reasons why people believe there will be a slowdown is because China appear to be entering a trade war with the US.

In other news Governor  of the Reserve Bank of Australia Philip Lowe will address the public Wednesday morning and give another overview of how the Australian economy is performing. The recent commentary from the Reserve Bank of Australia is that interest rates will remain on hold for the time being. This is another reason why forecasters are suggesting the Australian dollar could lose further value as carry traders sell off their positions and look to purchase US dollars due to the higher returns now on offer.

When buying or selling Australian dollars it’s important to analyse the other currency that you will be converting as it can have an impact on the exchange rate you receive. The key data releases to look out for around the globe are ECB Mario Draghi’s speech, US Consumer Price Index, US FOMC minutes all Wednesday afternoon and Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney’s speech Thursday afternoon.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the future, I would strongly recommend getting in contact to discuss your situation. The company I work offers a proactive service to offering economic information whilst having the ability to offer award winning exchange rates. Feel free to email me with your requirements along with the timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

Aussie Dollar boosted after positive Retail Sales data, where to next for AUD exchange rates? (Joseph Wright)

The Aussie Dollar has received a boost overnight after some positive economic data.

After disappointing in recent months Australian Retail Sales down under have rebounded and impressed during February. Retail Sales rose by 0.6% during the month after slumping in January and December.

Improving sales along with inflation are increasing the chances of a rate hike from the RBA, up from its record lows which is where interest rates currently sit.

The Pound has reached new annual highs against the Aussie Dollar in recent weeks after the Brexit transitional agreement has been arranged between the UK-EU negotiators. This positive news for the UK benefited the Pound along with increasing likelihood of a rate hike in May.

Now that the US Dollar offers a higher return than the Aussie Dollar, it’s not surprising to see the Aussie Dollar lose value as investors move deposits from AUD into the USD. Before the recent rate hikes from the FED Reserve bank in the US AUD had offered one of the highest returns in the developed world, but now that AUD is losing this competitive edge we’re seeing the currency lose value.

Early tomorrow morning there will be the release of Australian Import and Export data along with Trade Balance figures. If you’re planning a currency transfer involving AUD it can be worth setting up target rates in case the best trade levels are available in the early hours when we’re not in the office.

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.

How high could GBPAUD rates go?

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rates has been touching fresh highs as the pound rises and the Australian dollar weakens. A key factor in this trend has been the shift on the US dollar and the UK with interest rate hikes since both the UK and US are looking to raise interest rates whilst the Australian dollar has been weaker because there are no hikes planned.

This trend seems likely to continue in the weeks ahead as we learn more around the Bank of England who appear very keen to hike interest rates in the future. This will be data dependent but the path ahead is looking clearer which will only help the pound further in the future. The same too is definitely true of the US dollar and the US Federal Reserve who are likely to raise rates up to three more times this year.

As the US interest rate is higher now than the Australian interest rate it makes less sense to hold Australian dollars than US dollars. This has seen a big shift in USDAUD exchange rates which is weighing the Aussie dollar down against the pound and presenting much better opportunities to buy AUD with sterling.

The next really key news is this Thursday with the latest UK GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data which could influence GBPAUD rates. I don’t think this will be a majorly important release but next week could see increased volatility with the latest Australian interest rate decision and important US Non-Farm Payroll data released.

I would not be surprised to GBPAUD pushing higher and we could easily hit 1.90 or the high and mid 1.80’s in April. If you are selling Australian dollars to buy pounds moving sooner than later seems the best bet. Otherwise targetting a more beneficial rate on any spikes might prove a profitable and worthy approach.

If you have any transfer buying or selling Australian dollars then understanding the latest news and trends can help you to maximise your rate by trading at the right time. For more information please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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