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Retail Sales down under disappoint but AUD remains resilient, where to next for the GBP/AUD pair?

Despite some disappointing data being released in the early hours of this morning, the Aussie Dollar has remained resilient against the Pound even though its dropped off of it’s 1-month high against the US Dollar.

Retail Sales rose just 0.2% through September which was below expectations, and now there are concerns that 3rd quarter economic growth could disappoint. The GDP figure for the 3rd quarter will be released in early December so I expect economic data releases covering the Australian economies health to be followed closely. Despite the softening against the US Dollar as a result of this morning’s early release the AUD/USD rate has still strengthened by over 1.5% throughout this week.

The Aussie Dollar has also gained value vs the Pound this week although not quite to the same extent as AUD/USD. Moving forward the pair are most likely to be driven more by the Pound’s value and how its impacted by the Brexit developments. Sterling has strengthened against a raft of currencies over the past few days after a number of positive updates have been released. On Wednesday the Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab suggested that the deal could be in place by November the 21st, which saw a spike in GBP exchange rates as hopes of the deal being wrapped up during this month had waned after talks stalled during October.

Then on Thursday morning news broke that there is a deal in principle for the UK to retain access to EU financial markets after the Brexit has taken place, and this also pushed GBP exchange rates higher which is in my opinion why the Aussie Dollars gains against the Pound this week haven’t been as substantial as the they have vs the USD.

If you’re planning on making a currency transfer involving the pairs discussed today, and would like an opinion on the rates or an update if they move dramatically, 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.

Important events on the Australian dollar this week

The Australian dollar exchange rate has been volatile in the last few weeks owing to the uncertainty over the future direction we will see on a number of factors. These include the Trade Wars with China and also the outcome from the latest economic data in Australia. Investors are expecting us to see the Australian currency closely reacting to developments on these issues, the immediate outlook is not clear.

China’s economic performance is a key indicator of the Australian dollar as investors track its progress with a view to better understanding where events will turn next. One of the key factors in all of this will be the next steps that the Trade Wars take with investors feeling any negative news would see the Australian dollar weaker.

Overnight are two speeches by RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia, members which will carry some weight in the market. The actions and comments by the central bank are very important in providing some direction on which way the currency will perform in the week ahead. Most notably ahead is the speeches by Assistant Governor Bullock and also Debelle, either of which could prove most interesting for the Aussie.

Last week, there was some more positive Unemployment data released which will have had a more swaying impact on future economic policy from the RBA. Other news I would foresee as being instrumental in shaping the likelihood of market fluctuations will be the ECB interest rate decision. The European Central Bank will provide some insight into their own future monetary policy as well which will influence global risk sentiment.

In targeting a higher interest rate over the longer term, the Australian dollar exchange rate could lose value if investors look to try and shift towards the potentially higher yielding Euro.

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AUD Forecast – What are the Factors Driving GBP/AUD Exchange Rates? (Matthew Vassallo)

GBP/AUD rates have dipped slightly during Thursday’s trading, with the AUD continuing to find support around the current levels.

The pair fell to a low of 1.8338, having been trading above 1.84 at its high over night.

The Pound has failed to make any sustained inroads against the AUD since the weekend, after premature talk of a Brexit agreement caused a sharp sell-off of GBP positions on Sunday.

This put the Pound on the back foot when trading lines opened on Monday. It has been a tough week for Sterling, which has seen its value decrease by around three cents, or the equivalent of 3000 AUD on 100k GBP/AUD currency exchange.

I anticipate that the AUD will now find plenty of support again around 1.85, when it seemed as though the Pound was set for a run on 1.90 last week, when a Brexit deal looked imminent.

This is another prime example of how the markets may price in an expected political outcome, only to see the currency in questions value diminish when the expected result does now come to fruition.

Looking at the driving factors behind GBP/AUD and any updates or breakthrough in Brexit talks, will no doubt boost investor confidence and the Pound is likely to benefit as a result. Similarly any talk of a no-deal outcome again and it will likely have the opposite e effect.

Looking at the Australian economy and current slowdown in global trade is certainly having a negative impact. This, along with the current trade war between the US & China is causing investors to shy away from riskier currencies such as the AUD. We generally see commodity-based currencies such as the AUD lose value during times of global economic uncertainty.

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GBP/AUD hits lowest level in 10-days as Brexit issues weigh on the Pound

The Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate has fallen to its lowest levels of the past 10-days. This has happened after GBP/AUD hit an annual high of just over 1.87 last week, which was also the highest level since the major drop in June of 2016 when the Brexit vote outcome was announced.

Sterling had hit such high levels against AUD as hopes of a Brexit deal being agreed shortly were high. These hopes are now fading and GBP exchange rates have softened across the board of major currency pairs as it now look likely that UK and EU negotiators will not be able to agree on the terms of the Brexit deal by the EU’s deadline.

Later this week there will be an EU Summit in Brussels and the main focus is expected to be the Brexit. UK Prime Minister, Theresa May will give a speech to the EU leaders regarding her plans and the progress made so far. There will also be meeting behind closed door’s that she isn’t invited to, and depending on the outcome of the recent negotiations and the EU Summit this week I think there could be movement for the GBP to AUD rate.

The Aussie Dollar hasn’t lost a dramatic amount of value against the Pound as markets will still be holding out for a Brexit deal by November, but seeing GBP/AUD drop over the past few trading days is worth considering for those of our clients planning on making a transfer.

From the Australian side there will be Employment data out of Thursday at 1.30am UK time. If you wish to be updated in the event of a major market movement do feel free to 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.

 

Could we see further gains for Sterling against the Aussie ? (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – Sterling has made gains against the Aussie of late following a statement from chief Brexit negotiator for the EU, Michel Barnier. Barnier said that it is realistic that a Brexit deal could be in place in 6-8 weeks. Following the announcement we have seen GBP/AUD hit 1.83.

There are also concerns from down under which was another catalyst for the Spike.  Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing it’s exports and if there is an impact to the Chinese economy it can have repercussions on Australia. The ongoing trade war between China and the US is an example of this.

China have vowed to match the US Dollar for Dollar on tariffs and both sides are preparing further tariffs. As the war escalates investor confidence in the Australian Dollar is waning. During times of global economic uncertainty investors seek out safe haven investments with solid returns.

The US Dollar is the destination of choice, 10yr bond yields are currently the highest for years and there are also expected to be further rate hikes by the Federal Reserve this year.

There is also the problem of living costs. Many seek to live in high wage growth  areas such as Sydney or Melbourne. Housing prices in these area are proving overly expensive and Australians are being forced to spend their hard earned money on necessities rather than luxury goods which is hurting the Aussie.

Although the lack of Brexit progress is holding back the pound I think the Aussie is one of the few major currencies we could see further gains.

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Will the Australian Dollar continue to weaken, and what’s causing the weakness?

The Aussie Dollar is under pressure at the moment, with the currency hitting a 20-month low against the US Dollar earlier this week which has hit the headlines. This most recent drop off was spurred by a number of major Australian banks such as Westpac, Suncorp and Adelaide Bank have all increased their mortgage lending rates.

The ongoing saga surrounding the US and Canada’s North American Free Trade Agreement has also weighed on the Aussie Dollars value as sentiment surrounding the emerging markets has waned, after the talks between the US and Canada didn’t result in an agreement. The South African rand has also lost a lot of value recently for similar reasons.

No interest rate hikes are expected from the Reserve Bank of Australia until at least this time next year, and with US interest rates now higher than Australia’s the currency has lost a competitive edge which is another reason for the AUD weakening.

Moving forward I’m expecting to see the issues between the US and Canada as well as the issues with China to continue to weigh on the Aussie Dollar’s value. This is because of the Australian economies dependence on a strong global economy especially as the country becomes more service based.

This week there are a few further data releases that will provide us with an overview of the Australian economy, as trade Balance figures are released tomorrow and Home Loan Figures will be released on Friday.

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.

Bank of England to influence GBPAUD exchange rates (Dayle Littlejohn)

Today the Bank of England are set to release their latest interest rate decision and this event has the potential to have an impact on GBPAUD exchange rates. At the beginning of the year the Bank of England were hinting that an interest rate hike was imminent and due to a poor run of UK economic data interest rates were kept on hold and the pound lost value against the Australian dollar.

Today looks like we will receive similar commentary as the latest Q2 growth figures were a mixed bag, wage growth construction output and industrial production all missed the consensus. Arguable the only recent economic data release that exceeded expectation were the retail sales numbers.

My personal opinion is that the vote will be split 7-2 in favour of keeping interest rates on hold, which will be a slight non event. However Governor Mark Carney will talk down the chances of a rate hike in the foreseeable future due to the recent flurry of economic data, Brexit negotiations and trade wars. Arguably there is a good chance that buying Australian dollars with pounds could come more expensive throughout the day.

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Australian dollar weakness presents opportunity!

The Australian dollar has weakened against most other currencies presenting an improved opportunity to buy the currency. The main reason for this has been the shifts on the sentiment relating to the US and China, the Trade Wars. Another factor is the US raising interest rates which has seen the Aussie losing ground against its counterparts as investors seek higher returning and more reliable shores elsewhere.

The GBPAUD rate has risen to some of the better levels of the week as has USDAUD, the outlook on both pairs could easily support better opportunities to buy the Aussie. Investors will wish to seek out the very best levels they can for buying currency and we can help monitor the market for spikes and improvements as they happen.

Typically, the Australian dollar will lose value when there is uncertainty over what is happening globally and with Australia heavily reliant on trade with China to drive its economy, any signs that there is weakness or problems with China will see the Aussie weaker. Trump’s introduction of $50bn worth of tariffs this week will only serve to amplify this trend and this explains why GBPAUD reached near 1.78 this week.

The longer term forecast for the Australian dollar is strength as the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) seeks a higher interest rate itself. However with the Bank of England and certainly, the United States already raising and well ahead of the RBA, the outlook for the Aussie could be more weakness in the shorter term.

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Is the Australian Dollars reverse in fortunes likely to continue?

The Australian Dollar is continuing to strengthen, and put in another strong performance yesterday as sentiment surrounding the Aussie Dollar appears to be turning for the better.

There is renewed hope that the coalition in Italy will pull through after it stalled over the weekend, and this is helping push the Aussie Dollar higher as it removes uncertainty from the markets to a certain extent. There cost of commodities has also increased recently which has boosted the Aussie Dollars value, as the Australian economy is highly export driven.

I also think that now the talks of a trade war between the US and China have subsided, fears surrounding the global economy have also subsided leaving the Aussie Dollar in a stronger position. The positive moves for AUD recently can be highlighted when we consider that the Pound has lost almost 10-cents vs AUD in a short space of time.

It has also emerged that the US economy isn’t growing at the rate some economists had expected, meaning that there may not be as many rate hikes in the US as some had expected. This has boosted AUD as it could means investors will be less likely to move funds from AUD into USD in order to get a greater return.

Moving forward I expect to see AUD continue to strengthen, although further rate hikes from the US Fed Reserve later in the year could impact AUD negatively.

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.

GBP/AUD could be set to fall further after UK inflation unexpectedly drops

Bets in favour of the Bank of England hiking interest rates in the UK this year slid yesterday, after the UK inflation data released showed a drop in the cost of living in the UK.

Markets weren’t expecting this, and the Pound’s trend appears to have reversed after losing almost 10-cents against the Australian Dollar over the last month or so.

The markets had expected to see an interest rate hike two-weeks ago today after the UK economy had been showing some positive signs, but the drop in economic growth (its fallen to a 5-year low according to the latest GDP figures) has put the brakes on these plans.

Some economists are now predicting that it may not be until November this year until the next hike happens and that will of course be determined by how the UK economy performs.

There haven’t been a lot of reasons for the Aussie Dollar strength and I think the recent price changes can be put down to the Pound’s weakness. There aren’t expected to be any rate hikes down under this year and the Australian economy has also demonstrated signs of a slowdown.

The current GBP/AUD level is trading at a 2-month low, and if you wish to be updated in the event of a spike in the price do feel free to 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.