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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.

GBPAUD remains range bound…

GBPAUD exchange rates have been range bound this week despite a huge amount of shifts and changes in market sentiments over the pound and Australian dollar. The main news was from the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) which has seen them remaining in a no-mans land in terms of their attitude to looking to raise or lower interest rates.

If there was to be any bias it would be towards the hiking of interest rates, this was potentially something on the cards in 2018 but actually we have seen it becoming more likely to happen in 2019. Economic condition are according to the RBA not warranting any hike, since the market was widely expecting this the Australian dollar has not reacted significantly.

The next big news will be overnight with the Chinese releasing a series of Import and Export data which will see us understanding the market much better. The Chinese data is very important for the future which will be closely monitored since China is one of the biggest markets Australia sells its raw materials into.

For more information on the upcoming news and events you can contact myself Jonathan Watson directly by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. For clients concerned with GBAUD exchanges many clients are tracking the 1.80 mark which we have so far been unable to hit. I do expect this could happen, it might well be in the next couple of weeks as we get some further important UK data.

If you need to buy or sell Australian dollars against any currency please feel free to get in touch to discuss further the market and your options.

Thank you for reading and I hope to hear from you soon.

 

GBP/AUD remains at 1.77 after RBA opts to hold interest rates (Joseph Wright)

The Reserve Bank of Australia last night chose to keep interest rates unchanged, which was the expected outcome from economists leaving the currency markets unchanged at 1.5%.

This was the first chance the RBA had to make a change this year, and the base rate has remained at 1.5% for around a year and a half now. Many central banks have opted to hike interest rates in recent months, and should this continue it will result in the Australian interest rates being uncompetitive and therefore AUD weakness in my opinion.

Last year AUD benefited from offering one of the highest interest rates in the developed world. Investors are keen to hold funds in a high yielding currency but should AUD lose its competitive edge, it’s likely that money will be taken out of the Aussie Dollar and we’ll see it fall.

Politics also have the potential to move the GBP/AUD pair, especially at the moment as the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in London to discuss the UK’s plans and proposals for Brexit this week.

Those following the Pounds value should be aware of this and the potential it has to impact GBP exchange rates should any key comments be made, and do feel free to register your interest with me if you wish to be updated in the event of a major rate spike.

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.

Sterling remains strong despite poor data release (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has managed to hold its ground against the Aussie Dollar today, despite some disappointing data being released earlier today.

It’s emerged that the UK construction sector is relatively flat at the moment, and this is similar to the UK manufacturing sector which also saw disappointing data released recently.

Despite this, the Pound is managing to hold onto its recent gains where the currency has moved up into the later 1.70’s after spending much of last year below 1.70. This suggests to me that the Pound has consolidated at its current levels and I think that there is more of a chance of seeing the pair hit 1.80 than 1.70 recently.

I think the Pound has also been helped by Aussie Dollar weakness which has restricted AUD from regaining any ground. An interesting estimate released recently is that there are forecasts of a 20% decline in iron ore prices throughout 2018, and this comes after the commodity lost quite alot of value recently already.

The reason this is significant is because iron ore is one of Australia’s biggest exports, so therefore a drop in the commodities value is likely to result in a drop in export income for the country.

Those watching this pair should also consider that if there is more talk of a rate hike from the Bank of England in May, we could see Sterling climb even higher.

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.

Sterling climbs slightly as political reshuffle springs no surprises (Joseph Wright)

Sterling sellers have seen a boost to the exchange rates available to them today, after the Pound is up across the board of major currency pairs even if only slightly.

This comes on a day that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has reshuffled her cabinet, with most moves being predictable according to political analysts.

Brexit related news is of course likely to continue to be one of the main drivers of Sterling price movements, although there are reports that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit is beginning to fade. Sterling volatility is expected to wane in the short term future after a market gauge that measures expected volatility was trading at a three-year low earlier today, which means that analysts aren’t expecting to see any market swings in the upcoming months for Sterling exchange rates.

Since the Brexit GBP/AUD has lost quite a lot of value, but the pair are currently trading towards the top end of the recent trend despite GBP losing some value recently as the Aussie Dollar strengthened.

Market predictors are one thing, but I personally wouldn’t rule out a big move in either direction for GBP to AUD exchange rates in the event of a major breakthrough or stumbling block being made public in regards to the second round of Brexit negotiations.

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.

Pound spikes to a 1-year high after Brexit Bill breakthrough! (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has spiked in the early hours of this morning, hitting a new 1-year high against the Aussie Dollar as the Pound gains across the board of major currency pairs.

The reason for the spike is due to the much speculated Brexit Bill figure apparently being agreed between UK and European counterparts, with the figure reportedly being around £50bn. The cost is to cover accrued European debts and liabilities over the past 44 years of EU membership, and despite being such a high figure the market reaction has been a boost to Sterling’s value.

The market belief is that this Brexit Bill agreement is now likely to pave the way for trade negotiations to begin between the UK and the EU, therefore reducing the likelihood of a disorderly Brexit or Hard Brexit as many have labelled it.

With regards to the GBP to AUD rate, I would now expect to see the rate hit 1.80 as opposed to 1.70 next as should Brexit negotiations progress I expect to see the Pound continue to climb as confidence returns to the markets.

Economic data out of the UK is quiet for the remainder of the week, which means the GBP/AUD pair may continue to be driven by sentiment which favours the Pound after this latest Brexit update.

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.

 

Sterling to Aussie Dollar rate plunges after BoE rate hike, what happened? (Joseph Wright)

This afternoon at lunchtime the Bank of England hiked interest rates by the expected 0.25 basis points, although in the immediate aftermath the Pound fell dramatically against every major currency pair.

At the time of writing the Pound to Aussie rate has fallen by 2% with the GBPAUD rate now sitting at 1.6917 and the AUDGBP rate sitting at 0.5910.

This afternoons move has come as a surprise to the markets, as usually when the base rate increases the underlying currency climbs. The opposite has happened today though as it appears that prior to the move by the Bank of England the hike was priced into the market, and the commentary afterwards was a bit more bearish than the Sterling bulls had hoped for.

It’s looking like there won’t be a particularly aggressive approach from the Bank of England regarding monetary policy moving forward, which is why we’ve seen the Pound lose so much value in such a short space of time.

There won’t be any further major economic announcements out of the UK tomorrow that are likely to move markets to such a great extent, although Australian Retail Sales data is coming out in the early hours of this morning which may impact the rates.

If you wish to be kept updated regarding any other short-term price movements between the pair, do feel free to register your interest with me. Moves such as today’s can result in large differences in a currency transfer outcome so being aware of these moves can be highly beneficial.

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.

 

 

Sterling loses further ground on the Aussie Dollar, will GBP/AUD fall back into the early 1.60’s? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound has fallen across the board of major currency pairs today, after some disappointing Retail Sales figures got the Pound off to a slow start.

The rate of inflation increasing to its highest level in 5-years along with wages struggling to keep up has been in the financial news recently, and applying pressure to the Pounds value.

The negative effects of the reducing purchasing power of the UK consumer is beginning to show, as today’s Retail Sales figures demonstrated that year-on-year sales in the UK retail sector are slowing, and on a monthly basis the figure for sales is now negative.

Many had hoped to see the Bank of England look at hiking interest rates in order to stem the issue, although hopes of a rate hike in early November have fallen this week after the BoE governor Mark Carney was quite dovish in his speech earlier this week.

Personally I think there could be a small hike in November but I don’t expect to see this push the GBP/AUD rate back above 1.70, as the pair have already fallen some distance since hitting last months highs when the rate hike was first discussed by the BoE.

Aside from the above issues I expect to see Brexit negotiations and how they’re unfolding continue to impact GBP rates across the board, and if you would like to be notified if there are any short term price changes for the Pound 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.

Australian dollar predictions against sterling

Over the last two weeks the Australian dollar has been making inroads against the pound and GBPAUD exchange rates have plummeted 7 cents. To put this into monetary terms for any clients that are purchasing Australian dollars with pounds a 400,000 Australian dollar purchase will now cost just under an additional £10,000. However on the other hand for clients converting Australian dollars into pounds this is certainly something to smile about.

The latest minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia gave no clear indication that the RBA will be  raising interest rates anytime soon however the minutes were seen as bullish as it is clear that the next move will be to follow the trend of other central banks and raise the base rate.

UK inflation data disappointed last week which has relieved some of the pressure the Bank of England were receiving. The Bank of England set an inflation goal of 2% and at present even with the drop, inflation sits at 2.6%. Many economists were predicting if inflation rose above 3% we would get clear direction from the Governor of the Bank of England and an interest rate hike early next year was likely. However with inflation now falling the chances of a rate hike have diminished.

Since the UK public decided to vote out of the EU, the pound has lost approximately 15% against all of the major currencies. Brexit negotiations I believe will continue to weigh down on the pound for the foreseeable future as I don’t believe a deal will be struck anytime soon in regards to the divorce settlement or the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.

Therefore for Australian dollar buyers purchasing currency on the back of a positive move would be my strategy as I do not foresee any substantial gains being made over the upcoming months. Australian dollar sellers may wish to take advantage of the 7 cent spike in their favour or should continue to monitor the market and try to covert in the 1.50s.

However Australian dollar sellers should be cautious as the National Bank of Australia believe the Australian dollar is overvalued which I actually agree with. At the moment currency investment continues to land on Australian shores due to the high interest rates.

The main data releases to look out for this week are UK GDP numbers Wednesday morning which are set to show a decline which could lead to further sterling weakness and the Federal Reserve interest rate decision Wednesday evening. It is unlikely the Fed will raise interest rates and I expect a neutral statement by Janet Yellen shortly after. This could lead to a further sell off of US dollars and the Australian dollar could benefit.

For people that are converting pounds and Australian dollars for the first time, it is essential that you get the very best exchange rates. If you have used a brokerage for many years or have been referred a brokerage I strongly recommend you compare rates to make sure you get the best price possible and therefore save money. This simple exercise takes two minutes and in the past I have saved clients hundreds and in some instances thousands of pounds.

My direct email is drl@currencies.co.uk Dayle Littlejohn. Alternatively call me Monday morning on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask the reception team to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

Will GBPAUD rise back above 1.70??

The expectation for GBPAUD exchange rate is rather mixed with the pound really struggling to make much headway following a tough week. Tuesday saw GBPAUD drop as members of the Bank of England confirmed they will not be so positive about raising interest rates. The overall belief the pound would rise if the Bank of England raise interest rates has been supporting the pound but this is now looking less likely. The Australian dollar has also been benefiting and rising because the US Federal Reserve have been slightly move dovish (soft) in their approach towards raising interest rates.

If you are buying Australian dollars with pounds there is a belief we could see 1.70 but I think it is more likely the GBPAUD rate will actually drift lower. This is because there are so many negative factors surrounding the pound and I believe market conditions are much more supportive for the Australian dollar to rise. This largely stems from the fact the Australian dollar is a commodity currency and will appreciate in value when investors seek a higher return.

If you need to buy Australian dollars with pounds the short term forecast is not looking so good. Trading conditions seem to favour sterling slipping, I mean just what would actually lead to the pound rising? Uncertainty over the Brexit and the UK economy indicates to me the pound will remain on the back foot. I also believe the Australian dollar will retain much of its strength in this current climate.

If you have a transfer to make then getting all the information available and tracking the latest trends is key to helping maximise your transfer. A 1 cent improvement on a £200,000 transfer buying Australian dollars could achieve you an extra 2000 Australian dollars!

For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. We are expecting some really interesting movements on the GBPAUD rates, of course it won’t be just downward, there will be spikes to take advantage but you need to be prepared! This is what we can help you to monitor and achieve.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.