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Could we see Monetary Stimulus from the RBA? (Daniel Johnson)

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast

This year the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has continued to cut interest rates leaving the base rate at a record low of 1%. The change in monetary policy has so far failed to stimulate growth in the Australian economy which has resulted in the RBA board looking at  alternative methods of stimulus to try and aid the struggling economy.

There is the potential that quantitative easing (QE). QE is essentially pumping money into an economy in order to stimulate growth, printing money causing huge levels of debt.  The minutes of the RBA’s July meeting revealed that these unconventional monetary policy measures were discussed.

Both the Pound and the Australian Dollar are under pressure at the moment, although for different reasons as the Australian Dollars are mostly due to economic uncertainty as opposed to the UK’s ongoing political issues.

Over the past year the GBP/AUD rate is almost flat although in recent months the Aussie Dollar has mostly benefited from Sterling weakness which has kept GBPAUD below 1.80 for almost 2-months now.

The time scale for a deal on Brexit does not make good reading. Parliament is not due to reconvene from recess until early September which will leave just under eight weeks for Boris Johnson to get a deal in place. This is something Theresa May couldn’t do in over two and a half years.

Boris has threatened to leave the EU with no deal in place and has said he is not willing to negotiate with Brussels unless they’re willing to drop the Irish back stop. This is something Brussels have stated on numerous occasions they are not willing to do. The situation has not been taken well by investors and sterling has fallen in value as a result.

There is also the possibility of a general election and it will be interesting to see how the market will react. If we look at the 2010 general election for example, we saw sterling lose value due to the political uncertainty, but if Corbyn were to call for an election the probability of a no deal decreases which could cause a rally for the Pound.

The higher probability of a no deal the weaker you  could expect the pound to become.

Despite the problems surrounding the Australian economy unfortunately it seems that the problems surrounding Brexit outweigh those down under. Until there is some sort of clarity surrounding the Brexit debacle, there could be little reason to justify significant gains 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 19yrs. 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

 

Australian Dollar under pressure against the Pound owing to Chinese data

The Australian Dollar has experienced a problem in recent times vs the Pound owing to a number of different factors.

The Australian economy is currently under pressure domestically caused by the cost of living in high wage growth areas.

This is causing Australian citizens to limit their spending but I think the main issue is that of the uncertainty caused by what is happening with the ongoing US China Trade wars.

Australia is heavily reliant on what happens in the world’s second leading economy so any negative effects on Chinese growth can cause problems for the Australian economy.

US President Donald Trump has recently imposed another tariff, this time totaling 10% on US$300bn worth of Chinese goods. This has caused the Chinese to retaliate by attempting to stop Chinese companies from buying agricultural products in the US.

In the meantime Goldman Sachs have suggested that the trade war could continue to rumble on which does not bode well for the Australian economy and therefore this could continue to negatively impact the Australian Dollar vs the Pound.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut interest rates a couple of times already this year and I think we could see more rate cuts coming in the future especially if economic data continues to see a slow down in Australia.

On Thursday, Australia will release it latest unemployment figures. Expectations are for a figure of 5.2% in July so anything different could cause movement for GBPAUD exchange rates. Therefore, if you’re planning a currency transfer involving Australian Dollars in the near future make sure you pay close attention to the data.

If you would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast (Daniel Johnson)

Inflation & US/China trade war a concern for Australian Dollar Investors

The Pound has lost ground against the Australian Dollar of late which can be largely attributed to the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit.  Australia has had it’s own trouble however.  Inflation continues to be a problem down under and it is still some way behind the Reserve Bank of Australia’s  (RBA) 2-3% target. The RBA cut rates earlier in the year to 1% in an attempt to combat inflation and there is the possibility of further rate cuts during 2019. The next interest rate decision is due during the early hours of tomorrow and although rates are expected to remain unchanged the statement following the decision from the RBA could influence markets if it is again reiterated there is the possibility of further cuts later down the road.

The heavy reliance on China purchasing Australia’s exports is also causing problems for the Australian Dollar. As the US impose increased tariffs on China, China’s growth slows which in turn has a knock on effect to the Australian economy. Investors are choosing to move away from riskier commodity based currencies in favour of save haven currencies such as the Swiss Franc or US Dollar.

Increasing probability of a Brexit No Deal

Despite the problems in Australia, Sterling still could face further losses. Boris continues to threaten no deal and stated last week he would be ‘turbocharging’ preparations to leave the EU without a deal. Boris is using the threat of a no deal as ammunition to gain a more favourable deal on Brexit. Basically speaking however, the higher the probability of a no deal the weaker you would expect the Pound to become. Brussels stance remains unchanged again reiterating there will be no concessions to the current deal on the table. It is not in Brussels interest to let the UK leave with a decent deal, they do not want other members of the bloc to consider following suit.

The timeline is also a concern. The parliamentary recess concludes 3rd September leaving less than 8 weeks to get a deal in place, keep in mind Theresa May had two and a half years. According to Bet Fair there is a 57% chance of a general election, if you look at when previous elections have taken place the currency in question tends to considerably weaken.  The British 2010 general election serves as testament to this.

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 18yrs, Foreign Currency Direct Plc. We are a no risk entity as we do not speculate on the market and we are authorised 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

Aussie Dollar boosted by better than expected Chinese data, could GBP/AUD test its annual lows anytime soon?

The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate continues to slide as pressure mounts on Sterling now that the talk of a no-deal Brexit is ramping up. Boris Johnson, the UK’s new Prime Minister has now been PM for just over a week and already during this time we’ve seen sentiment towards Sterling drop as fears of a shock to the economy later in the year and taking their toll on the currency.

GBP/AUD has some distance to fall yet before we begin seeing annual lows, but Sterling has been in the headlines over the past week as GBP/USD has hit a 28-month low and GBP/EUR has hit a 22-month so Sterling is finding itself int he news for the wrong reasons.

The lowest the GBP/AUD exchange rate has been in the past 52-weeks is 1.7210 and at the time of writing it’s currently 1.7635, so as you can see there a bit further for GBP/AUD to fall before it catches up with some of the other major currency pairs. The Australian Dollar has been boosted this morning as Chinese Manufacturing PMI rose to 49.7 in July which is a slight improvement on the June figure and also better than expected. Investors won’t get carried away though as the figure remains below the 50 expansion/contraction benchmark. Strong data released out of China is likely to have a positive effect on the Aussie Dollar due to the link between the two economies, so those of our readers following the AUD’s value should look out for Chinese data.

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.

Further rate cuts from the RBA could push AUD exchange rates lower, even against the struggling Pound!

The Australian economy is continuing to show signs of struggling despite the Reserve Bank of Australia’s efforts to mitigate the slowdown, after the RBA cut rates down to the lowest level in it’s history at the beginning of last month. As it stands the base rate of interest sits at 1.25% and there are some market commentators that now believe that the rate could be cut again at least once this year, which some outlining the next cut coming as soon as next month on the 18th of July, which will be the central banks next opportunity to make the decision.

Westpac Bank, which is one of the biggest lenders down under believes that there could be two cuts this year, which demonstrates the perceived weakness in the outlook for the Aussie economy moving forward. Inflation levels are stagnant in Australia and the unemployment level has also been picking up. Property prices have dropped quite dramatically throughout the major cities also and there are no concerns surrounding the construction sector so we could continue to see a sell off in the AUD’s value if these predictions materialise.

The main driver of the Pound will continue to be the Conservative leadership contest which will determine the UK’s next Prime Minister, and also the route for Brexit. Boris Johnson remains the frontrunner, and his outlook differs from that of Jeremy Hunt’s so we could see volatility for the Pound regarding this matter.

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 the RBA confirm when interest rates will be cut?

Pound improves against the Australian Dollar

The Pound has seen a small increase vs the Australian Dollar since the weekend after struggling recently.

Last week the latest jobs report highlighted a problem for the Australian economy.

The unemployment figures on the surface appeared to be relatively strong at 5.2% but this is still much lower than that in the US, the UK and also New Zealand.

The hidden figure is that of the under-utilisation rate, which measures the number of unemployed and underemployed as a percentage of the labour force.

This is showing concerns as the figures appear to be rising at the moment. The jobs rate does not demonstrate clearly those who are supplementing their income with second jobs.

This means that the Reserve Bank of Australia will be coming under further pressure to consider bringing forward an interest rate cut.

The RBA are due to release their minutes from the latest meeting tomorrow so make sure you pay close attention to the rhetoric used and to discover their appetite for further rate cuts to be brought forward.

With the global economy showing signs of a slowdown I think it is simply a matter of time before the RBA cuts interest rates again and I think this is in part the reason for the Pound’s recent gains vs the Australian Dollar.

This is providing some good opportunities to buy Australian Dollars with Pounds as the Pound  is still feeling the pressure of the Tory leadership election.

At the moment it appears as though the front runner is Boris Johnson and if he does manage to gain power then this could lead to a brief period of certainty for the British economy and this could give the Pound a boost vs the Australian Dollar.

If you would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

May’s future in doubt (Daniel Johnson)

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast

Sterling has suffered of late due to the current situation on Brexit, Brexit being one of the key drivers on GBP/AUD. We recently saw a spike up to 1.88 following what was deemed to be positive news on Brexit. May’s talks with Corbyn over a deal that could be mutually acceptable from both Labour and the Conservatives caused the Spike. I believed the gains for Sterling would be short lived as I had little faith the talks between May and Corbyn would result in a deal that would pass through the House of Commons. This proved to be true.

I believe Sterling could be in for further losses as if Farage’s becomes the UK’s representative in the bloc, it would show a huge power shift away for m the usual top contenders, creating further political uncertainty. Many believe if he does prove to be  successful this could be the final nail in the coffin for May and she will be forced to step down, she has proved extremely resilient up to this point however.

May made a speech yesterday and she stated the House of Commons vote on her deal may now be delayed from the first week of June. This was not taken well and has seen her unpopularity grow. The thoughts in many of the voters minds is no doubt that if her deal fails to be passed she will resign.

I think the vote is destined to fail when it takes place, this may be already factored into GBP/AUD to some extent as the market moves on rumour as well as fact, but I think this could also cause the Pound to lose value. The usual market reaction if a leader of a Country steps down or is ousted is that the currency in question would weaken, however in this situation we could see the opposite as anew Tory party leader may be deemed to have a better a chance of sorting out this Brexit mess.

The Aussie has had it’s own trouble, Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s goods and services and any decline in Chinese growth will impact the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar. The escalation in the US/China trade war is causing investors to move away from riskier commodity based currencies such as AUD for safe haven investments.

There is also the probability of an interest rate cut from the Reserve Bank of Australia next month, so despite the potential for further Sterling gains it may be wise to move before the decision if you are selling 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 18yrs, 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.

 

 

 

 

Aussie Dollar weakens as rate cuts look likely, how could this impact the Aussie Dollar?

The Australian dollar has had a bad week after hitting the lowest levels of the month against the Pound, and also the lowest levels in 2-months against the US Dollar.

Those of our readers planning on making Pound to Australian Dollar exchanges should be aware that the current levels are within 4-cents from the annual highs, which are also the highest levels seen since June of 2016 making this years annual high the highest levels seen in 34 months.

We’ve witnessed a sell-off in the AUD’s value this week after some disappointing inflation data was released on Wednesday, demonstrating that inflation levels down under are running at a 16 year low. Many economists now believe that there will be at least one interest rate cut this year and that there will be one in June in order to try and stem the weak inflation levels. Up until this point the Reserve Bank of Australia has been loath to hike rates so as to not impact the already overheating property market, especially on the East coast but this week’s data may have been the nail in the coffin.

Moving forward I’m expecting to see AUD continue to soften proving cuts take place, as should they occur the base rate of interest will be at another record low.

If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and another foreign currency, it’s well worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast – Daniel Johnson

GBP/AUD – Brexit continues to dictate GBP/AUD and at present the situation remains in Limbo. Theresa May has now failed on three separate occasions with her deal and at present the default action if a deal is not reached by 12th April is the UK will leave the EU with no deal. Both sides are desperate to avoid this situation and it looks as though the outcome will be an extension.

How long the extension will be and with what stipulations is what is being hastily negotiated. May favours a short extension whereas Brussels would like a flexible year extension in place.

I believe an extension is already factored into current GBP/AUD levels as the market moves on rumour as well as fact. I would expect Sterling to gain value if an extension is confirmed as investor concerns are eased. Do not expect any great shakes however.

GBP/AUD has remained above the key resistance point of 1.80 despite the lack of progress in Brexit talks, I think this can be mainly attributed to the probability of a no deal remaining low with the vast majority of the House of Commons set against allowing a no deal scenario to occur.

I think Sterling will however remain fragile until we have firm news on Brexit, which now could be some way off. The Australian Dollar has it’s own concerns however. Housing prices in high wage growth areas continue to inflate and Australians are being forced to spend their money on necessities rather than luxury goods and services which is hurting the economy. The ongoing trade war between the US and China is also a key concern. Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s exports, particularly iron ore. In fact iron ore value has been known to cause sways in the value of the Aussie.  The trade war is influencing Chinese growth which in turn has an impact on the Australian economy and the Australian Dollar.

Investors are choosing to shy away from riskier commodity based currencies in favour of what is considered to be safe haven currencies such as the Swiss Franc or the US Dollar.

I think if it were not for Brexit we could be seeing gains for Sterling against the Aussie, but at present you really need someone with an eye on the markets for you if you wish to take advantage of any spikes on the market, which recently have only been small windows of opportunity.

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 18yrs, 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 .

AUD Forecast – RBA Keep Interest Rates on Hold at Record lows as GBP Finds Support Overnight (Matthew Vassallo)

GBP/AUD rates have spiked back above 1.84 overnight, as the Pound continued its recovery following last week’s losses.

Sterling was under considerable pressure following UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure, to once again get Parliamentary approval for her Brexit deal. This was the third time she has failed to gain the necessary support from MP’s and investors reacted to this by selling off their GBP positions, causing a sharp dip in value for the Pound.

This downturn inadvertently boosted the value of the AUD, which has had its own problems recently. The AUD saw its value increase by over four cents against the Pound, hitting 1.8290 at the high.

At this stage it seemed as though GBP/AUD exchange rates could be heading back towards 1.80, with the markets seemingly losing faith in the UK’s ability to find some common ground over Brexit, with MP’s unable to agree upon the best way forward in regards to a Brexit deal with the EU.

With further twists likely in this ongoing saga, those clients holding GBP may look at this week’s upturn as an opportunity, with the uncertainty over the UK’s final Brexit position likely to hamper any significant upturns for Sterling.

Looking at the Australian economy and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) met last night and as anticipated kept interest rate son hold at the current record lows of 1.5%.

Like other commodity based currencies, the AUD has struggled to impose itself of late, with a slowdown in global trade causing investors to shy away from riskier assets such as the AUD. With the Chinese economy also showing signs of a longer-term slowdown, due for the most part to the on-going trade stand-off with the US, the outlook for the Australian economy remains dovish.

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