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Pound improves against the Australian Dollar after positive Services sector news

UK services sector data published this morning came out much better than expected and this has put an end to the Pound’s recent demise vs the Australian Dollar.

The sector rose quicker than expected during May which has given rise to a possible hint of an interest rate hike.

The PMI data hit a three month high at 54 compared to the previous month of 52.8 but at the same time the survey did suggest that growth could slow down later this year.

The good news for the Pound is that the services sector accounts for over three quarters of the UK’s economy but is this good news a temporary positive sign?

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit clearly is keeping the Pound under a lot of pressure against a number of different currencies and the EU withdrawal bill will be discussed next week and this could cause further problems for the Pound.

Personally speaking I cannot foresee an interest rate hike coming for the UK at all during the course of the year as we are still deeply involved with the Brexit talks so anything to rock the boat in terms of monetary policy is highly unlikely.

Also, with UK GDP only recently growing at its slowest growth in 6 years a month ago and with inflation falling I don’t think the Bank of England will have much appetite to change the status quo.

Friday could be the biggest day of the week for anyone with an Australian Dollar transfer to make as we start the day with Chinese Trade Balance figures combined with Chinese Import and Export data. Following this the latest NIESR UK GDP estimate for the last three months will also be published and if we see another negative release this could put further pressure on Sterling vs the Australian dollar.

If you would like further information or a free quote when moving Australian Dollars then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you. A quick email could save you a lot of money on your currency transfer.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

Little reason for optimism for AUD buyers (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD –  Sterling has lost significant ground against he Aussie of late. The buoyancy levels of 1.80-1.85 are gone. GBP/AUD currently sits in the 1.75’s.

This is predominantly due to Sterling weakness rather than AUD strength. There is little reason to be optimistic at present for Aussie buyers. The Brexit situation is likely to be drawn out and problematic, with votes on areas of the deal having to be passed back and forth between the House of Commons and the House of Lords for approval. Throw into the mix that many of those involved in negotiations have ulterior motives, seeking to fulfil there own agendas and Sterling could remain weak for the foreseeable future.

Economic data has also been appalling from the UK, particularly GDP which came in at 0.1%, the worst data release on GDP for over five years. The proposed interest rate hike from Bank of England (BOE) in May did not occur and I would be surprised to see one this year.

Australia is heavily reliant on China buying it’s raw materials, in particular iron ore and the US threatening to impose huge tariffs has the potential to slow Chinese growth which in turn will hit the Australian economy. China has agreed to purchase more than USD 200bn in goods and services from the US which has put a hold on the tariffs, the Aussie benefited as a result.

Current trading levels are poor for Aussie buyers, but it could get worse. I can appreciate the reluctance to trade due to the psychological aspect of trading at current levels when it was 1.84 only a short time ago, but believe me there is very little justification to get to those levels again in current market conditions.

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

 

 

US-China Trade War Truce bodes well for the Aussie (Daniel Johnson)

Halt on tariffs benefits the Aussie

There has been an ongoing trade war between the Chinese and the US following Trump’s appointment as President. He has a thinly veiled issue with the Chinese and is highly agitated at the amount of debt the US is in to the Chinese. His mantra is “make America great again” and he took fire at the Chinese by threatening to impose tariffs that were simply unrealistic, that would be detrimental to both sides.

These tariffs would impact Chinese growth and in turn hit the Australian economy. Australia is heavily reliant on China for the purchase of it’s raw materials, particularly iron ore. If the Chinese economy suffers due to Trump’s tariff s the knock on effect will impact the Australian Dollar.

The US and the Chinese have recently agreed to put a halt to the trade war under the premise that China will purchase USD 200bn worth of US goods and services. Following this announcement the Aussie strengthened significantly. In particular against Sterling, this news along with poor economic data and a very  poor interest rate forecast from the Bank of England (BOE) has caused the pound to lose nearly 10 cents against the Australian Dollar. It was only recent we saw GBP/AUD at 1.84, we were in the 1.76s during today’s trading.

When to move?

AUD Sellers- Take advantage of current levels, 1.80 is an incredible selling price, let alone 1.76. Keep in mind GBP/AUD was 2.20 pre Brexit and the Pound is chronically undervalued.

AUD Buyers – If you have to move short term I’m afraid 1.79 should be your new target, the 1.80 resistance point has now been broken.

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

 

Will the Pound increase towards the end of the week vs the Australian Dollar?

The Australian Dollar has improved vs the Pound during the last few days as political tensions between the US and China appear to be easing recently.

Previously, it was suggested that Australia could be caught in the middle of the trade wars between the world’s two largest economies and as Australia is heavily reliant on what happens with the Chinese economy this can often have a big impact on the value of the Aussie Dollar.

Longer term I still think the Australian Dollar will weaken once again as the economy is still rather fragile down under. Inflation is still below the required figure and the Reserve Bank of Australia have suggested on a number of occasions that they will be keeping interest rates on hold for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile I fully expect the US to continue on its path of increasing interest rates during the course of 2018 and whilst growth continues to rise in the US I think this will cause global investors to sell off the Australian Dollar in favour of the US Dollar which will provide strong growth and a very positive yield.

This would typically cause the AUD to weaken against a number of different currencies including vs the Pound so I would expect the Pound to make gains in the medium to longer term vs the Australian Dollar.

In the short term the focus will likely turn to what is happening with UK economic data as data in Australia is rather thin on the ground this week.

Tomorrow morning UK inflation is due to be published and this has been a big factor in how the Bank of England has reacted recently as if inflation continues to remain high the general theory is that a central bank increases interest rates to combat high inflation and this would typically strengthen the currency involved.

On Thursday UK Retail Sales are announced and with the previous release having been affected by the ‘beast of the east’ I think we could see the data come out rather positively which could see GBPAUD rates recover towards the end of this week.

If you would like further information about what is happening with the Pound vs the Australian Dollar or if you’d like a free quote to buy or sell Australian Dollars then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Wage growth puts further pressure on the RBA

This week Australia have released the latest quarterly wage growth numbers and Australian dollar sellers have been left disappointing. The consensus was for wages to have grown by 0.6%, however in fact wages had grown by 0.5% for the quarter. The poor wage growth numbers are keeping inflation beneath the Reserve Bank of Australia’s target which is directly having an impact on Australian dollar exchagne rates.

If wage growth numbers continue to dwindle along and inflation remains below the RBA target, policy makers will have no choice but to leave interest rates on hold at record lows and this is what many leading forecasters are predicting, which is no surprise. Speculators move their assets chasing higher returns of interest and with the US marching ahead and potentially looking to raise interest rate another couple of times this year investment is going to leave Australian shores and land in the US.

In regards to GBPAUD exchange rates the pound has been performing worse than the Australian dollar as exchange rates have dropped below 1.80. UK economic data has disappointing which has stopped the Bank of England from raising interest rates and the Brexit negotiations continue to weigh on the pounds value. Today UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the UK will release a whitepaper before the June summit which will outline the UK’s full position.

When the whitepaper is released this could have a clear indication about the future path of the UK and therefore GBPAUD exchange rates. If you are converting GBPAUD within the next 3 months this event should be monitored closely. 

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 the currency pair you are converting, 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.

Strong oil prices offer the Australian Dollar a welcome boost, where to next for AUD exchange rates?

The Australian Dollar has been supported overnight, which will be a welcome relief for those hoping for a stronger Aussie Dollar as the AUD/USD pair hit an 11-month low just yesterday.

AUD exchange rates have been struggling this year as the global economy picks up and monetary policy around the world tightens. Now that the US Dollar offers a higher rate of return investors are keen to hold funds in USD as opposed to the AUD as not only do they get a better rate of return, but the USD is considered more of a safe haven currency.

GBP/AUD hit a post-Brexit vote high recently trading in the 1.85’s, although it’s since slipped from these levels and has fallen further overnight owing to AUD strength as stock prices rose and the value of oil is rising. With the Australian economy being export driven and dependent on trade with it’s nearby neighbors, this is a positive so AUD understandably gained off the back of it.

There could be a lot of movement for the Aussie Dollar against the Pound today, as there is a Bank of England meeting at midday. Although no interest change is expected, I think we could see movement if any further amendments are alluded to.

There aren’t any major data releases out of Australia before the weekend, but if you wish to discuss what events could influence the Aussie Dollars value over the next few weeks 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.

Factors impacting GBPAUD exchange rates up until the end of the week

Overnight China are set to release a few data releases which clients involved with an Australian dollar exchange short term, should keep a close eye on. Consumer Price Index monthly figures are set to show -0.1%, however 1% up from last month and yearly inflation is set to fall to 1.9% from 2.1%. If the numbers meet the expectation you would expect to see a slight decline for the Australian dollar.

Later tomorrow morning the UK’s interest rate decision will take centre stage, and this decision has received a fair amount of media attention. 2-3 weeks ago forecasters were predicting that there was a 85% chance of a hike and now forecasters are suggesting a 20% chance due to the slowdown in the UK economy. GDP, inflation and retails sales all dropped last month.

My personal opinion is that the pound could come under pressure after the release therefore I would purchase Australian dollars before the event and sell after.

To finish the week Australian Home Loans is set to be released. With it being well documented that there has been a slow down in the major cities, home loads is set to be released at 0.1%. A high reading is seen as positive as it means investor confidence is high and therefore properties are being purchased. 0.1% is 0.3% higher than last months figure, nevertheless it wont be seen as positive therefore I would expect this to be a non event.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the future, I would strongly recommend getting in contact to discuss your requirements. 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.

RBA Keep rates on hold (Daniel Johnson)

RBA Interest Rate Outlook does not bode well

There were no surprises during the early hours as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to keep rates on hold at 1.5%. The RBA stated the need for consistent and sustainable growth before a hike would be considered. I am of the opinion it could be 2019 before a hike. The Aussie has suffered as a result.

GBP/AUD – The Pound had made significant advances following  a host of positive data, but this was followed by some very poor figures. Some have attributed the fluctuations to the beast from the east weather conditions although there is concern there could be serious problems with the economy in general. There was widely expected to be a rate hike from the Bank of England (BOE) in May, but following the worst GDP figures for five years last week this could well be put on hold.

Despite this, I think current buoyancy levels between 1.80-1.85 will remain. The big picture is that Sterling is chronically undervalued and GBP/AUD is only at current levels due tot he uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Clarity on the matter will strengthen the pound, keep in mind pre-Brexit levels were 2.20 +.  If you are an Aussie seller mover at 1.81-1.82. Aussie buyers 1.84 if you have to move short term.

During such unpredictable times you need an experienced broker on board if you wish to maximise your return. If you have a pending currency transfer let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to assist. There is no obligation to trade by asking for my help, I will provide a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. If you do wish to try our service you can trade in the knowledge we are a no risk entity, as we do not speculate. Foreign Currency Direct PLC has been in business for over 16yrs and we are registered with the FCA. If you already use a provider I can perform a comparison within minutes and I am confident I will demonstrate a considerable saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

BOE May Rate Hike now in Question (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD in detail

Following a host of positive data from the UK last month we have seen a complete reversal. We saw a fall in inflation, (which is now below average wage growth), retail sales were shocking, predicted to be – 0.5% coming in at -1.2% and today a fall in GDP to 0.1% when 0.3% was the expectation.

A rate hike from the Bank of England (BOE) was widely expected in May, however Mark Carney, Governor of the BOE said in a recent BBC interview that a hike may occur later in the year. This along with the poor run of data could well stop the rate hike occurring. Despite this I would not rush out and sell my Sterling to buy Aussie. I still believe we are range bound between 1.80-1.85.

If it drops below 1.80 for more than a few days it may be time to consider moving if you have to move short term. Personally I would hang on for the high 1.83s or 1.84s. If you have real concern consider a Stop/Loss contract for protection.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has a quite negative outlook in regards to hiking rates, there is little chance of a hike this year. If you take into consideration the Federal Reserve have already raised rates to 1.75% and intend to hike rates as many as two further times this year you can see why investors are moving from the Aussie to the Greenback. The US-China trade war could also be damaging to the Aussie. If Chinese growth is hindered by tariffs you would expect Australia’s primary export, raw materials to fall in demand and price which would be bad news for the Australian Dollar.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to produce a free trading strategy. During a period of such uncertainty it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximize your return. We have tools at our disposal to make sure you do not miss out if there is a spike in your favour.

If you already have a currency provider in place. Drop me an email with what you are being offered and  I am very confident I will be able to demonstrate a significant saving. It will only take you two minutes and I am  sure it will be worth your while. You can trade in safety knowing you are with a Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a firm trading for over 16yrs and FCA registered.

If you would like my help feel free to email me at dcj@currencies.co.uk.

Thank you for reading.

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.