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US/China Trade War hurting AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Australian Dollar Forecast

AUD  has proved fragile of late due to several contributing factors. There are domestic issues, such as the high value of living in high wage growth areas. This is causing Australian residents to cut back on retail spending. One of the key issues at present is the knock on effect from the US/China trade war.

Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing its’s goods and any effect on Chinese growth can have ramifications on the Australian economy. As the trade war escalates so does the potential for the Australian dollar to weaken. President Trump has recently implemented a further 10% tariff on $300bln worth of Chinese products. The Chinese have retaliated by urging  Chinese businesses  to cease purchasing US agricultural products.

Goldman Sachs believe the trade war could continue for some time which does not bode well for the global economy let alone for Australia who has close economic ties with China.

There is the possibility of further interest rate cuts from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) in 2019 according to the bank Governor, Philip Lowe. This could cause movement for the Australian dollar.

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, I can find  little reason to justify significant gains for the pound.

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Pound to Australian Dollar continues to trade just below 1.80, which factors could see the pair breach this level?

Earlier this morning GBP/AUD tested the 1.80 resistance level, with the pair hitting 1.7998 before easing off and at the time of writing the inter-bank level is 1.7940. The Pound to Australian Dollar rate has remained below the 1.80 handle ever since dropping below it at the beginning of July and based on the number of times we’ve seen the pair test 1.80 it could take some significant to see the pair return to trade levels in the 1.80’s.

AUD was dragged downward by the New Zealand Dollar earlier this week when the Reserve Bank of New Zealand surprisingly cut interest rates by a greater margin than market commentators had expected, resulting in a drop in the New Zealand Dollars value and this negatively impacted AUD also.

Later this week there will be a speech from Reserve Bank of Australia governor Lowe, and I think the markets will follow this closely in case he decides to follow the footsteps of the RBNZ and signal further cuts in future from Australia’s central bank. This could potentially result in a weakening of the Aussie Dollar which could then help the GBP/AUD rate move above 1.80 so those following he pair should be aware of the speech this 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.

Could a slowdown in China result in a weaker Australian Dollar?

Our regular readers will be aware of the connecting between the Australian and Chinese economies, and in particular the importance of a strong Chinese economy and how this can benefit Australia along with the Australian currency.

In the early hours of this morning Chinese GDP figures were released by the National Bureau of Statistics and the data shows that in the second quarter of this year China’s economy grew at its slowest pace since 1992, which is growth at a rate of 6.2%. This figure was expected so we haven’t seen a sell-off in the value of the currencies tied to the Chinese economy which the Australian Dollar arguably is, but it could be a warning sign moving forward.

The trade war between Australia and the US appears to have taken its toll on the Chinese economy, and the efforts of the Chinese Central Bank don’t appear to have has d the intending effect which is why the economies growth is shrinking. Through 2018 the growth figure for the year was 6.6%, and I think that those of our clients and readers that are hoping for a stronger Aussie Dollar should continue to monitor the Chinese economies performance.

Although there will be no data releases out of the UK today, there will be a number of key releases this week such as Earnings Data tomorrow morning and a speech from Bank of England governor Mark Carney tomorrow amongst other releases throughout the week. Do feel free to register your interest with me if you wish to be updated in the event of a major market movement between the GBP/AUD pair.

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 to Australian Dollar remains below 1.80 for now, but could AUD come under pressure and reverse the trend?

The Pound to Australian Dollar rate remains below the 1.80 level, although judging from the trend so far today it looks like we could see this level tested again soon as the Australian Dollar comes under pressure.

In the early hours of this morning it was confirmed as expected that Business Confidence within the country is declining and this has added pressure on the Australian Dollar. The currency has also been coming under pressure due to expectations of further interest rate cuts from the Reserve Bank of Australia later in the year, and now that the Central Bank of the US, The Federal Reserve Bank is expected to make less cuts than expected, we could see the the Aussie Dollar continue to soften. Previously AUD had been in high demand due to the high returns offered by banks down under but now that the base rate of interest has been cut to its record low of 1%, with further cuts expected AUD has lost some of its attractiveness especially against the US Dollar.

Sterling is likely to continue to be driven by the Conservative Leadership contest as anyone following UK politics will be aware. The Pound has been trading in a flat fashion recently and until the contest is over and we get an idea of the next steps for Brexit I expect this to continue.

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 to AUD rate expected to continue its decline this week

The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate has begun the week just north of the 1.80 benchmark level, which is around 3-cents lower than where the pair begun the week last week. There haven’t been many reasons for the Pound to climb in recent weeks and I think that until there is a new PM in place we could continue to see the political uncertainty continue to weigh on the Pound’s value which could push the GBP/AUD pair below the 1.80 level.

There will be a Reserve Bank of America meeting tomorrow and there are expectations of another interest rate cut, but as markets expect this amendment it’s already priced into the value of the Aussie Dollar. Despite this expected cut AUD is strengthening so I don’t expect to see the Aussie Dollar drop in value in it takes place, but I do expect to see the Aussie Dollar strengthen if the cut doesn’t take place.

Aside from this meeting the Aussie Dollar is being influenced at the moment but the US President’s trip to Asia, as not only has there been some positive developments between the US and China, which is a key trading partner for Australia, but we have also witnessed the first meeting on North Korean soil between a US President and North Korean leader and this has buoyed the markets. This kind of news is likely to further boost the Aussie Dollar, as it tends to gain in value in times of positive global updates due being a commodity currency.

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 further interest rate cuts result in a drop for the Australian Dollar this year?

The Australian Dollar has continued to come under pressure recently which has helped the Pound recoup some of its recent losses against the currency. One of the reasons for the downturn for AUD is due to the interest rate cut that took place earlier this month, which has pushed Australian interest rates down to record lows. There are now predictions of further rate cuts from the Reserve Bank of Australia with some financial institutions predicting two further cuts this year, which would push the rate down to 0.75% and likely have a negative impact on the Aussie Dollars value.

Aside from these forecasts of rate cuts due to the slowing economy, another reason for Aussie Dollar weakness is due to the ongoing US-China trade war saga, which has caused concerns for the Australian economy moving forward. I would expect to see AUD exchange rates continue to struggle whilst this continues, owing to the fact that China is the countries main trading partner.

From the UK side the Conservative leadership contest is likely to remain the key driver, with Boris Johnson remaining the front runner. This leadership contest along with any Brexit related updates remain the key driver for GBP exchange rates so do keep on top of this if you’re following the Pound’s value due to an upcoming currency requirement.

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 forecast: Will the RBA cut their interest rates again?

The Australian dollar is weaker this week, following the news that Australian employment data, whilst reasonably positive, was not inspiring enough to majorly turn the tide on the Australian currency. With the outlook on interest rates shifting following very poor GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which recently came in at a decade low, the Reserve Bank of Australia might well be looking to cut their interest rates once again ahead.

I am concerned about some of the more global issues that will influence the Australian dollar too, the prospect of the trade wars deteriorating ahead could be a major concern for the currency. It is likely that the Australian dollar will suffer as investors are fearful over the slowdown in the Chinese economy, this weekend’s G20 Summit will be key in determining what happens next.

If you are looking to buy or sell the Australian dollar, making some careful plans in advance is usually a good idea to try and help mitigate the uncertainty. As a commodity currency, the Australian dollar will often rise and fall on the waning attitudes to global risk and trade. Donald Trump is a real wildcard here and his constant to and fro on the trade wars, is harming sentiment.

Next week, is a series of important economic releases with the Governor of the RBA, looking to make a speech plus the latest RBA Meeting Minutes. In providing information on what lies ahead, we will learn of the latest news and developments we might expect. I predict that Lowe will have to keep the door open to further cuts and this could see the Aussie weaker.

Looking at the general trend and trajectory on the trade wars, I think the Australian dollar could lose more ground ahead. Expectations are mixed over what to expect this weekend, any signs of agreement between Trump and China, could provide some shorter-term relief for the Aussie. However, I do feel that any improvement in sentiment will only be short-term, and there will continue to be a longer net negative concern from the trade wars which will affect the Australian dollar.

Thank you for reading my post and should you have a Australian currency transfers that you wish for assistance with, I would be most interested to hear from you and discuss strategy to assist with the best rates and timings.

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk

US/China Trade Wars hurt the Australian Dollar (Daniel Johnson)

Australian Dollar hit by Trade Wars

In times of global economic uncertainty, commodity-based currencies such as the Australian Dollar usually struggle as investors seek safe haven investments for their money. Due to this the Australian Dollar has come under pressure lately due to the trade war between the US and China.

Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s exports and as such any fall in Chinese growth has a knock on effect on the Aussie.  There has been steep fall  in Chinese trade activity for last month caused by the ongoing trade impasse with the United States.

Could there be further rate cuts from the RBA?

Another factor in the value of AUD has been the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) decision to cut interest rates to a record low of 1.25% earlier this year. This was an attempt to boost inflation towards the RBA’s target level of 2-3%. Based on comments from RBA members earlier this year there are predictions in the press that we could  see  more rate cuts later this year. This has the probability to weaken the Australian Dollar.

Those with an Australian Dollar requirement should keep an eye out for Australian employment data due out in the early hours of Thursday. Unemployment has risen in Australia of late, which was a contributing factor in the RBA’s recent rate cut, and if this is reflected yet again in May’s figures then the Aussie could lose value.

Comments from any RBA members following this data release could give an insight to monetary policy moving forward could therefore have an impact on the Australian Dollar.

Australia’s problems do not have the same weight as those of the UK’s, with no Prime Minister and Brexit in limbo, the Pound could be set for further losses, with the majority of candidates up for Tory leader ready to bring a ‘no deal’ back to the table. I expect Sterling to remain fragile for the foreseeable future.

If you have a currency requirement I would be happy to assist. If you wish to maximise your return it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a trading strategy to suit your needs. If you have a currency provider in place I am willing to perform a live comparison and I am confident I will be able to demonstrate a considerable saving. It will only take a couple of minutes and could be well worth your while.
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Will more disappointing data for the UK today result in further falls for the Pound?

It’s been a disappointing week for UK economic data releases so far, which has come at a bad time for the Pound as the currency is already trading at the lower end of it’s recent trading ranges. The Pound to Aussie Dollar pair in particular is trading in the early 1.80’s, and at the time of writing it’s trading at 1.8150 which is towards the lower levels of the day.

1.80 could act as a support level for the Pound, but those of our clients and readers monitoring the pair should be weary of potential further falls for the Pound as not only is the currency under pressure owing to political uncertainty, but economic data is now starting to disappoint which could cause further falls.

So far this week both manufacturing and construction data has shown a slowdown from the previous figures. At 9.30am this morning there will be the release of Services PMI which is arguably more important as the services sector covers around 80% of the UK economy. I think a drop in these figures could result in a sharper sell-off than we’ve seen this week due to the importance of the sector to the UK economy.

Data aside, the leadership contest for the Conservative Party could be the next potential market mover, as the victor’s attitude to Brexit is likely to impact markets. Down under we have seen the Australian economy pick up slightly but there are still expectations of further interest rate cuts later this year after the recent cut, so this is a potential downside for the Aussie Dollar moving forward.

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.