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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.

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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.

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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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Australian dollar rises slightly on RBA decision and a more positive outlook!

The Australian dollar has strengthened slightly on a more positive backing from the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia. By not being too dovish or soft in their outlook, the Australian dollar has risen. The market is loosely expecting an interest rate hike in the future but this could now be as far ahead as 2020! Some had expected the RBA to be more negative last night, however they were quite positive about the Australian economy.

This has seen the Aussie dollar rise against all currencies, notably the pound and even the US dollar. GBPAUD has been driven into the 1.74’s whilst AUDUSD has risen to 0.7430. Expectations for the Australian dollar centre around the progress of their economy, Governor Lowe will give a speech later this week which could see further news to move the Australian dollar.

Last night’s interest rate decision moved the market as it was more positive than many had expected. It is now believed that in the future the global trade wars which have been raised as a concern which might negatively impact the Australian dollar, may not been such bad news. Tracking the data from China and the commentary from the RBA shows that perhaps this issue will not be as detrimental for the Australian dollar as believed.

Whilst stating they were not overly concerned at the moment from the slowdown in China, this was highlighted as a potential issue for the future and this could well be something that weakens the Australian dollar in the future.

If you need to buy or sell Australian dollars getting the best information is key to being able to track the upcoming news which might move the markets. For more information on the latest trends and themes which will influence the value of your exchange, please speak to me Jonathan by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar continues to lose value as inflation levels stall

The financial markets don’t expect to see the base rate of interest change down under until the end of next year according to futures markets, and this is perhaps one of the reasons behind the Aussie Dollars weakening currently.

If the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) doesn’t amend rates the AUD will lose competitiveness as we’ve already seen, as the likelihood of investors holding assets in the currency diminishes owing to the less competitive of the currency. The US Dollar on the other hand has benefited greatly from its more aggressive monetary policy and the greenback has strengthened by such an extent that US President, Donald Trump has voiced his concerns.

The latest bout of Inflation data out of Australia shows that inflation has risen by 2.1% over the past year, which is slightly lower than what economists were expecting. There doesn’t appear to be much momentum regarding Australian inflation levels which is perhaps the reason behind the low expectations of a rate hike in the short-term future.

Although the Pound has been under pressure in recent months owing to the Brexit plan uncertainty, the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate is still towards the top end of it’s longer term trend, which demonstrates the pressure AUD exchange rates have come under. The GBP/AUD pair is likely to be driven by both monetary policy and UK based politics as the UK is going through a crucial time due to the Brexit.

Those monitoring the Aussie Dollars value should also pay attention to US President, Donald Trumps trade tariff’s plans as AUD has come under pressure owing to these concerns. With the Australian economy being reliant on global demand a slowdown to the global economy is likely to have a negative impact the Australian Dollars value.

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

Over the last 30 days GBPAUD exchange rates have fluctuated in the higher 1.70s with minimal movement as both currencies seem to have been devaluing at the same pace. At the latest Reserve Bank of Australia meeting officials showed concern in regards to the trade tariffs that have been imposed on China by the US. The Australian know that a slowdown in China will have an impact on the Australian economy. Furthermore the International monetary fund have waded into the debate and announced an all out trade war will end up costing the global economy over $430bn.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is under extreme pressure and last night threatened Tory rebels that she would call a general election if the amendment in regards to the customs union went through the Commons. The uncertainty of another General election would certianly weigh on the pounds value. Furthermore Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney also failed to help the pounds value yesterday, as he stated a Brexit no deal would mean the Bank of England would have to rethink their future plans.

At the end of the week, UK politicians break for the summer holidays, therefore I expect Brexit related news to go quiet for a few weeks. All eyes will turn to the Bank of England’s interest rate decision early August. The market has been pricing in a hike, however I expect the Bank of England will fail to deliver which will mean sterling takes a hit. Therefore I wouldn’t be surprised to see GBPAUD fall back towards the mid 1.70s over the next month.

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Australian dollar volatile under Trade War and Chinese economic data releases…

The Australian dollar will take its cues early next week from a series of economic data released in China, notably Chinese GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data released very early in the morning on Monday. News from China is very important on the Australian economy and there is no bigger release than GDP since it shows how well the respective economy is performing.

This news is all the more important given the current Trade Wars between China and the US, we are currently facing renewed prospects of increased tariffs which would in most eyes only serve to have a negative effect on the Chinese economy. Surprisingly, against this backdrop we have seen a series of economists for Reuters predict the Chinese economy will actually grow at a slightly faster pace this year.

This is because whilst the Chinese economy could be negatively impacted by the Trade Wars, the momentum in their economy and also the moves by the PBOC (People Bank of China), the Chinese central bank, to stimulate the economy, will all help to stimulate growth in Asian dragon. This will all help to see the Australian stronger if it happens and it will make an interest rate hike down under all the more likely.

Later next week the release of Australian Unemployment data will also prove very interesting for Australian dollar exchange rates, clients looking to buy or sell might find themselves with fresh information to move the rates. Of particular interest would be whether the Unemployment level is likely to have increased to 5.6% versus the previous levels of 5.5%. This would make it less likely we will see the RBA (Reserve Bank Australia) putting themselves on a path to hiking in the future.

The week could start strongly for the Australian dollar if the economic data from China is supportive of the Australian economy, however, it might weaken towards the end of the week if the news is less positive. Into the mix we have to put Donald Trump and the Trade Wars, with his comments at Nato and also in the UK upsetting many, his upcoming visit to Putin next could see some volatility on exchange rates as the market tries to gauge what happens next.

If you are considering any purchase or sale of Australian dollars, next week could be very important as a series of data and news threatens volatility on the currency. To discuss strategy relating to any positions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly on jmw@currencies.co.uk.