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US/China Trade War and Brexit dictate GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Progress in US/China talks

Due to Australia’s heavy reliance on China purchasing its goods and services any fall in growth from China has an impact on the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar.

The US/China trade war is a huge concern amongst investors, a trade war between the world’s two largest economies has huge implications. The Trump administration wants China to change its economic strategy, something Chinese President,  Xi Jinping will be reluctant to do. The changes that are being asked for would hit the Chinese economy hard and  long term. It may be the case that the Chinese will try and give very small concessions in  bid to lengthen the trade war and out last Trumps reign. A dangerous game considering the US has threatened to increase tariffs to 25% should their terms not be met. 25% is a huge increase and if China retaliate both economies will suffer not to mention the global impact.

At present, trade talks seem to be progressing well.  When asked about how talks were going yesterday in Beijing, US Treasury Secretary , Steven Mnuchin replied “so far so good.”

If it were not for the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit I think Sterling would be making gains against the Aussie. Although, the pound could lose value as negotiations with Brussels intensify I think the likely outcomes are either an 11th hour deal or an extension, both of which could cause significant Sterling strength. Morgan Stanley recently suggested there was less than a 5% chance of a no deal scenario. The market moves on rumour as well as fact so due to a no deal Brexit being largely factored out of the equation at present, if it were to occur expect  a large drop in the pound as this outcome is definitely going against the grain.

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Will next week’s vote on May’s Brexit deal cause movement for GBP/AUD?

The Pound has been trading within relatively thin volumes this week against most major currency pairs as the currency comes under pressure in the lead up to next week. On the 15th of this month, which is next Tuesday there will be a ‘meaningful vote’ on Prime Minister, Theresa May’s Brexit plan and much of the speculation this week revolves around that date.

The Australian Dollar, despite being the biggest loser in terms of currency throughout 2018 of the G10 countries, has actually been increasing in value over the past week as hopes of a agreement between the US and China over the trade war talks increase. There have been ongoing discussions recently between the two leading economies, and this is a positive for Australia as China is the country’s main trading partner.

So far this morning the Pound has got off to a poor start, as pressure builds in the lead up to next week’s vote, especially after the first planned vote was delayed as May was concerned of a major loss. The latest Brexit related update is that yesterday evening Parliament voted in a new amendment specifying that the government has 3-days to report back to the commons with its ‘plan B’ in the event that May loses next week.

Economic data is taking a back seat at the moment owing to the importance of UK politics at the moment, but it’s worth being aware that on Friday there will be UK GDP figures released at 9.30am with growth of 0.1% expected. I would expect to see a drop in the Pounds value if this figure disappointing especially if the figure shows a negative figure.

If you wish to be updated and to plan around what could be a busy week for the GBP/AUD pair, do feel free to register your interest with us.

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.

 

Brexit continues to be the main influence on GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Could Brexit January 15th vote simply lead to another?

GBP/AUD rates continue to be largely dictated by Brexit. Theresa May has now confirmed 15th January as the date that parliament will vote on her current deal. The vote was originally delayed due to May’s lack of confidence in the deal going through. European Commission President, Jean-Claude Junker has said there will be no changes to the current deal and he is only willing to clarify the current terms. Could it be the case that Junker will make concessions? Or could the threat of a no deal Brexit force a vote through?

May has suggested if the deal does not go through at her first attempt then there will be a second vote, this could point to out that she feels Brussels will change it’s stance. There is still a huge lack of clarity surrounding Brexit which is not sitting well with investors. The majority of scenarios are Pound negative, but if May were to be ousted or resign we could see a second referendum back on the table.

If May’s deal does not go through we  could see a leadership challenge from Corbyn or indeed we could see her resign if it looks like the deal will have no chance of going through, although  I don’t take her for a quitter. I am not a particular fan of May, but you cannot help but admire her perseverance.

If you look historically if a country loses it’s leader the currency in question would weaken, however in this situation it will be interesting to see how the market reacts. We could see an initial fall due to political uncertainty, but if it appears a second referendum comes to the forefront it is widely predicted that the vote would come in in favour of remaining in the EU according to polls. This could boost investor confidence and in turn the pound.

Would I be hanging on for this if I was selling Sterling?

The answer is no. The majority of Brexit outcomes  result in Sterling weakness, if you have to move short to medium term I would be looking to take advantage of current levels or at least a tranche for safety. The ongoing trade war between the US and China is a concern for the Aussie and if it were not for Brexit I think Sterling would be experiencing gains against AUD, unfortunately the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit is outweighing the trade war.

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 16yrs, 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.

 

 

US-China Trade War and Brexit dictate GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Pound Value hinges on Brexit Deal

Brexit is anchoring the Pound against the majority of major currencies due to the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit. The current situation is not a good one, May’s deal in it’s current form seems to have little chance of being passed by parliament. The lack of faith in the deal going  through was the reason the vote has now been delayed. Parliament reconvenes on 7th January and the vote will be held on the week commencing 14th January.

The 21st January is the final date the government can release it’s withdrawal plans. The majority of the possible outcomes I would largely consider Sterling negative. Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission has stated that the deal on the table will not be renegotiated and that Brussels are only prepared to clarify the current terms of the deal. In it’s current form the deal does not look like it will go through which would hurt Sterling.

If the deal does not go through it is likely May will face  a leadership challenge from Corbyn or May could resign,  if this was to be the case the further political uncertainty would hurt the Pound. If May is ousted a General Election will be on the cards which does not bode well, but does bring a second referendum back to the table. If a second referendum is announced this could be deemed as pound positive as polls suggest the UK public would now vote to remain in the EU.

A no deal scenario would be the most damaging for the Pound although I am not of the opinion the losses will be as severe as the Bank of England have been touting. Carney suggested there will be over a 25% fall in house prices and GBP/EUR could drop below parity.

US-China Trade War could be prolonged

The US-China trade war continues to weigh on investors mind and many have moved away from the Australian Dollar due to Australia’s heavy reliance on the Chinese purchasing it’s goods and services. The current 90 day truce is in place provided China come to the table to negotiate over their current economic model. I am doubtful any major concessions will be made and the trade war could be prolonged which will hurt AUD. We could see an escalation if sufficient concessions are not made with the US threatening to increase tariffs on Chinese goods by 25%. This would hit both economies hard and also would cause further global economic uncertainty. If it were not for Brexit I think we would be seeing gains for Sterling against the Aussie, but at present the lack of clarity surrounding Britain’s future is holding the pound back.

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 endeavour 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.

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

Brexit Impact papers push Sterling lower against the Australian Dollar

After a strong start to the trading session yesterday, Sterling exchange rates have seen their fortunes reverse since yesterday afternoon when Brexit Impact papers were released by both the Government as well as the Bank of England.

Both releases suggested that the UK will be worse off by carrying out the Brexit with the BoE outlining a number of worse case scenarios for the UK economy in the case of a no-deal Brexit. Their report outlined the potential for the Pound to lose 25% of its value against both the Euro and the US Dollar which would put Sterling below parity vs both of these key currencies. Property market falls of 30% were also contained within this worst case scenario Brexit report as well as unemployment potentially rising to 7.5% and since this report we’ve seen a sell-off of the Pound’s value which has accelerated this morning.

After almost reaching 1.77 yesterday we’ve seen the pair drop below 1.75 this morning which goes to show how much the currency has been impacted by these reports. It’s also worth noting that the Australian Dollar has lost value recently owing to the sharp drop in the value of iron ore which is a key export of the Australia’s. Iron ore prices have dropped by 9% this week which represents the largest drop in over a year. The rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Chinese leaders has also ramped up with concerns of a global slowdown owing to the trade war once again impacting currencies such as AUD’s.

Economic data releases are light for the remainder of the week between the UK and Australia so it’s likely that Brexit talks will remain the main driver of currency fluctuations.

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 current Brexit deal make it through Parliament? (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – Brexit continues to be the main driver on GBP/AUD. Despite little movement on the market we did see significant progress in negotiations this weekend. Yesterday saw the current Breixt draft agreed. The deal was accepted by Brussels after just 38 minutes. All 27 member states endorsed the agreement after 18 months of  uncertainty. The £37 billion exit fee was confirmed along with the elusive back stop agreement on the Irish Border. It also gave an insight into trade relations moving forward.

Perhaps the reason we did not see a boost in Sterling was that the market had already moved on rumour. It was common knowledge that the deal would go through following May conceding on the Gibraltar situation. Investors are aware the real test for the deal is when it is put before parliament for acceptance. This is expected to take place in the next two weeks prior to the Christmas recess.

May has also released an open letter to the public in an attempt to get support for the deal. She has stated it is this deal or no deal. The majority pf book makers have it at around 50/50 the bill will be passed.

Theresa May’s position under Threat

Theresa May’s position is still under threat, there are rumours of around 35 letters of no confidence that have been put forward, 45 are required for a leadership challenge. It may be the case that some MPs are hanging on for an opportune moment as a leadership challenge can only be undertaken once over a 12 month period.

While the deal has not been approved by parliament I expect the Pound to remain vulnerable. If I had to put my money on it I would say a deal will go through. The threat for the Tories is that if a leadership challenge takes place and the potential new leader fails to gain a majority victory they could be looking at a general election and risk Labour gaining power. Brexit would also be thrown completely up in the air. No doubt this would cause Sterling weakness.

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.

Aussie Dollar comes under pressure as US-China tensions resurface, and fears of a global slowdown take hold

The Australian Dollar has come under pressure in early trading today, although the fall has a lot further to go to wipe out the gains made by AUD over the past month and a half. Against the US Dollar the currency has lost over 1% over the past 24-hours as investors have piled into safe haven currencies and taken funds out of riskier currencies such as the Aussie.

Over in the US the Federal Reserve Bank has indicated plans for a less aggressive monetary policy next year than the markets had previously anticipated, and signs of a global slowdown with stock markets still selling off is concerning financial markets hence the sell-off.

AUD exchange rates haven’t been helped by comments out of the White House yesterday either. In the lead up to the G20 meeting next week there have been hopes of a truce between US President Donald Trump, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but yesterday as the White House said Beijing has failed to alter its ‘unfair’ practices. As China is such a key trading partner of Australia’s this is negative news for AUD which perhaps explains yesterday’s sell-off of the Aussie Dollar.

There are no economic data releases out of Australia this week, so I expect the GBP/AUD rate to continue to be driven by Brexit related updates which are coming through thick and fast at the moment. UK PM, Theresa May will be in Brussels today to discuss the Brexit agreement text with EU leaders for the first time since the text was announced last week.

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.

 

Does May have the backing to get her Brexit Plan through in January? (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD – GBP/AUD again has fallen below the key resistance point 1.80. This was due to news Theresa May lacks support from the cabinet to push her Brexit plan through. It seems that every time the UK on the cusp of a deal there is a problem created not only from Brussels, but also from inner fighting within parliament.

It seems the Chequers plan was reluctantly backed in the first place due to the need for progress and the threat of a no deal. The backing of the deal has been described as a deeply undesirable compromise. A minster said that most of those who backed the deal did so “with a very heavy heart”.

Two cabinet ministers last night announced on the BBC that there is little chance that  the current deal would get through parliament and the Theresa May still pursuing agreement on the is deal could be considered “self harming”.

Even if a deal is agreed with Brussels the deal must then be voted through by the cabinet in January.

The EU withdrawal Act of 2018 highlights that the government must announce before 21st January  if it can or cannot reach a deal. If the date in not met the government will have 5 days to make a statement outlining how the UK wishes to proceed and subsequent arrangements for the motion to be passed through parliament.

Despite all this news I am still of the opinion a deal will be reached despite all the in house fighting, the consequences of not getting a deal is simply too great. Talks are intensifying and if there is solid news on the Irish Border I think we could see a Sterling rally. If you are looking at risk reward and are selling the Australian Dollar I would not hesitate to take advantage of current levels at 1.78. Pre-Brexit GBP/AUD was 2.20, although I do not expect a rally of this extent I think it is important to remember Sterling is chronically undervalued.

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

 

 

 

 

What can we expect next for the Australian dollar?

The expectation is the for the Australian dollar to continue to face headwinds as the market tries to assess its attractiveness over the longer term. With Australia struggling whilst some other assets become more attractive, the pressure is on for the antipodean currency. Having lost value in recent weeks as market expectations deteriorate, what can we expect in the short term?

To answer some of the questions over the Australian dollar’s recent performance look no further than the United States. A key factor in this has been two fold from the US with raising interest rates and the Trade Wars both weighing on the performance of the Aussie dollar.

In raising interest rates to 2.25%, the US dollar is now a much more attractive currency to be holding from an investors point of view, versus the 1.5% on offer from Australia. With regard to the future prospects in this department, it appears likely that the US will be continuing to raise interest rates. This will only increase the trend we have seen of late and continue the pressure on the Australian currency.

On the subject of Trade Wars, these do not appear to be diminishing and therefore the Australian dollar should remain under pressure as these potentially intensify or remain in place. Expectations for the Australian dollar will continue to focus on its attractiveness to hold but with these issues continuing and wider concerns in the global economy about just what lies ahead, the Aussie might find more troubled waters ahead.

Next week is Unemployment data which will be a big driver on the exchange rate and could see a shift. There is a focus on Australian interest rates too and we could easily see this data impacting future decisions. Whilst no hikes are likely down under anytime soon, this is a more short term factor to move rates.

Thank you for reading this post and I would be delighted to speak to you if you have a currency transaction to make in the coming weeks. Please contact me Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk to learn more.

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.

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.
You can trade in safety knowing your trading with Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a company trading for over 16 years. Our accounts are published online at companies house and we are FCA registered.

If you would like my help I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you.