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Pound to Australian Dollar uutlook after Varadkar & Johnson Talks cause Sterling strength

Positive Brexit talks lifts GBP/AUD

Following positive news in Brexit proceedings we have seen gains for Sterling against the Australian Dollar. Boris Johnson spoke with Leo Varadkar for over two hours yesterday and were reported to be detailed and constructive. Varadkar said that the talks were very positive and negotiations could resume.

This is good news ahead of the EU summit on 17th and 18th October. Boris must have an acceptable deal in place by the 19th October in order to avoid either an extension or a no deal scenario. We saw Sterling make advances against the majority of major currencies following the news although whether these advance are justified can be argued.

US China trade war continues to effect AUD

With such little time to find a solution to the Irish border the Pound could remain fragile. The Australian economy is still under threat due to the prolonged trade war between the US and China due to Australia’s heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s exports. Brexit seems to be outweighing these concerns at this point and is one of the key factors affecting GBP/AUD.

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Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast: GBP to AUD exchange rate makes strong gains

Australian unemployment data disappoints the markets

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has made strong gains after Australian unemployment data released this morning disappointed the markets. The interbank rates for GBP vs AUD have rallied higher to 1.8375, at the time of writing. The unemployment level down under rose in August to 5.3% from 5.2% the previous month. The last Reserve Bank of Australia minutes hinted at a weaker jobs markets and the concern now in that the numbers may disappoint further going forward. The unemployment data coincide with recent weak Gross Domestic Product data for the second quarter which was recorded as the lowest in the last decade.

Bank of England expected to leave rates on hold

UK retail sales data is released this morning ahead of the Bank of England interest rate decision at 12pm. The Bank of England is not expected to make any changes to the headline interest rate today with Brexit so close by as well as the growing prospect of a general election. Rates are expected to stay on hold at 0.75% with so many external distractions. This is despite UK inflation data released yesterday which fell to its lowest level since 2016 and below the Bank of England target rate. It has also been reported that in the event of a no deal Brexit then interest rates may be cut further in the coming months.

How will the Supreme court ruling affect the GBP to AUD exchange rate?

Brexit meanwhile continues to dictate the travel for sterling exchange rates and today will see the third and final day at the Supreme Court. The courts are hearing whether it was unlawful for Boris Johnson to prorogue parliament. An outcome may come as soon as today although the top judges may want the time over the weekend to come to a unanimous decision. Expect volatility based on the outcome especially if the courts did rule against the government. Expect high volatility for the GBP AUD pair and those clients looking to buy or sell Australian dollars would be wise to plan around all the latest developments.

The EU have also given the UK until the end of September to produce written proposals which could see a shift on where Brexit is heading. To date the Prime Minister has reportedly progressed discussions on the controversial backstop by providing alternatives where checks could be done away from the border. However the EU are keen to see these proposals in writing, something the British side is reluctant to do at this stage.

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Is QE on the cards from the Reserve Bank of Australia? (Daniel Johnson)

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast

The Australian economy has suffered of late with a drop in house prices, increased unemployment and a cut in interest rates to a record low of 1%. Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing its goods and due to this the US/China trade war is having an impact on the Australian Dollar.

China is in the midst of its slowest economic expansion in thirty years and the Chinese Yuan continues to drop in value posting a fresh 11 year low on Monday. Dr Adam Triggs of the Australian National University’s Asian Bureau of Economic Research points to the Trade War as a huge contributor to the Australian economy’s recent stalling “We trade a lot more than most countries and we rely on foreign money for investment, so when you start to get international turbulence we feel that a lot more than others.”

The  concerns around the Chinese economy and its drop in demand for Australian goods and services has meant that the Pound has managed to regain a footing above 1.80 on interbank despite the Brexit chaos Boris Johnson has been inflicting since taking over as Prime Minister.

As Australians interest rates follow the global trend of cuts there has been much speculation over the Reserve Bank of Australia’s, (RBA) next step in efforts to stimulate economy. For some time Westpac has led calls for the Reserve Bank to consider a further cut to 0.5% while Deutsche Bank says it expects the cash rate to drop to just 0.25% by as early as the end of this year. However, Philip Lowe the governor of the RBA has ignited a debate over whether Quantitative Easing (QE) would be the next step for the RBA. QE is essentially pumping money into an economy in order to stimulate growth. It is a controversial monetary policy as historically results have been mixed, it is far from a proven method and can also put the country in question in huge levels of debt. In the face of an economic crisis when he commented “we are prepared to do unconventional things if the economy warranted it” when questioned in Parliament.

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Pound to Austrlian dollar predictions: Major volatility expected for pound to Australian dollar exchange rates

Of late mixed outlooks for the Australian dollar has caused the pound to remain range bound against sterling, with GBPAUD fluctuating close to 1.80. The Reserve Bank of Australia recently cut interest rates and forecasters second guessed that another cut is on the horizon as the RBA would need to follow the trend of its nearest neighbour as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand cut rates by 0.5% as their last meeting. In addition the RBA has even hinted at more unconventional methods such as quantitative easing and history would tell us that this could have a detrimental impact on the value of the Australian dollar.

However in recent RBA minutes, the RBA have stated that house prices in Sydney and Melbourne have actually been on the rise in recent months which is positive news for Australia as the housing market is a key cog to Australian economy. Therefore further cuts in interest rates should help the housing market however the RBA will have to think again if house prices continue to rise.

In less than two weeks MPs in the UK will return to the House of Commons and all eyes will turn to the leader of the opposition. Jeremy Corbyn has stated that he will file a motion of confidence against Boris Johnson and it will be interesting to see if any Tory rebels will back Corbyn in a bid to stop a no deal Brexit. Forecasters are suggesting that a no deal Brexit will cause the pound to crash, therefore if Boris is ousted this could help the pound, however if Boris takes the UK out of the EU without a deal this should help clients that are selling Australian dollars to buy pounds.

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Australian dollar news: Australian dollar plummets

The Australian dollar has plummeted against most major currencies overnight, as New Zealand surprised the markets and cut interest rates by 0.5%. The RBNZ cut the cash rate to record lows of 1% which now matches the RBA’s interest rate. The cut follows the news this week that US President Donald Trump has told China another 10% tariffs on $300bn of Chinese imports is on the horizon. In addition the President has now stated that China has artificially devalued their currency in a bid to counteract the tariffs.

Forecasts are suggesting that the RBA could continue to cut interest rates early next year, combining that with lower commodity prices such as iron ore, further pressure could be on the horizon for the Australian dollar.

Pound to Australian dollar news

The pound has recovered slightly against the Australian dollar and mid market exchange rates have increased past 1.80, however I am putting this down to Australian dollar weakness not sterling strength. In fact the pound has been losing value against most major currencies this summer due to the ongoing Brexit saga. At present Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s position is that the UK will be leaving the EU without a deal by October, if the EU do no renegotiate.

The spike we have seen for Australian dollar buyers with pounds, should be considered as it looks like a vote of no confidence is on the horizon in the UK once MPs return from their summer break.  If this occurs the pound could face another bout of pressure.

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 excellent 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.

 

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast (Daniel Johnson)

Inflation & US/China trade war a concern for Australian Dollar Investors

The Pound has lost ground against the Australian Dollar of late which can be largely attributed to the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit.  Australia has had it’s own trouble however.  Inflation continues to be a problem down under and it is still some way behind the Reserve Bank of Australia’s  (RBA) 2-3% target. The RBA cut rates earlier in the year to 1% in an attempt to combat inflation and there is the possibility of further rate cuts during 2019. The next interest rate decision is due during the early hours of tomorrow and although rates are expected to remain unchanged the statement following the decision from the RBA could influence markets if it is again reiterated there is the possibility of further cuts later down the road.

The heavy reliance on China purchasing Australia’s exports is also causing problems for the Australian Dollar. As the US impose increased tariffs on China, China’s growth slows which in turn has a knock on effect to the Australian economy. Investors are choosing to move away from riskier commodity based currencies in favour of save haven currencies such as the Swiss Franc or US Dollar.

Increasing probability of a Brexit No Deal

Despite the problems in Australia, Sterling still could face further losses. Boris continues to threaten no deal and stated last week he would be ‘turbocharging’ preparations to leave the EU without a deal. Boris is using the threat of a no deal as ammunition to gain a more favourable deal on Brexit. Basically speaking however, the higher the probability of a no deal the weaker you would expect the Pound to become. Brussels stance remains unchanged again reiterating there will be no concessions to the current deal on the table. It is not in Brussels interest to let the UK leave with a decent deal, they do not want other members of the bloc to consider following suit.

The timeline is also a concern. The parliamentary recess concludes 3rd September leaving less than 8 weeks to get a deal in place, keep in mind Theresa May had two and a half years. According to Bet Fair there is a 57% chance of a general election, if you look at when previous elections have taken place the currency in question tends to considerably weaken.  The British 2010 general election serves as testament to this.

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Australian Dollar set to improve further against the Pound?

The Reserve Bank of Australia cut interest rates this week to its lowest level in history at 1%. As it was widely expected the markets priced in the rate cut so the value of the Australian Dollar did not feel too much of an impact.

The RBA also hinted that it may be prepared to cut interest rates even further. Since June the RBA has cut rates by 0.5% and so I think the RBA may be tempted to adopt a wait and see approach before changing monetary policy once again.

With the markets expecting interest rates to be cut to 0.75% the GBPAUD exchange rate did not move too much as there was little reason to sell the Australian Dollar.

RBA governor Philip Lowe is due to be speaking on Tuesday and his speech should provide further clues as to when they may make further changes to policy.

Therefore, if you’re in the process of converting Australian Dollars then make sure you pay close attention to Lowe’s speech next week.

The Australian Dollar also improved during the course of this week owing to the latest trade surplus figures on Wednesday. The increase in the goods and services surplus came about owing to the increase in the export market in May.

The other good news came from the Australian housing market as building approvals increased. Although house prices have fallen in recent times down under, the increase in building approvals should be taken as a positive as it means there is an appetite for making money once again in the property market.

Whilst the UK continues to struggle with the uncertainty caused by Brexit and the leadership election I think we could see further improvements in the value of the Australian Dollar.

If you would like to save money on exchange rates when buying or selling Australian Dollars and Sterling then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

Australian dollar news

The Australian dollar had a strong Monday trading session, strengthening against its US and sterling counterparts. Investors are looking ahead to Presidents Donald Trump of the US and Xi Jinping of China’s meeting at the summit this week on the 28th and 29th. Donald Trump took to his twitter account last week to announce that talks had been positive and would resume this week. The Chinese economy has been slowing of late due to the ongoing trade war, and this is having a direct impact on the Australian dollar. If talks this week are positive, even though a deal is unlikely, the Australian dollar should benefit.

However the problem for the Australian dollar is that the markets are expecting another interest rate cut next month due to weak wages, employment and inflation data. Furthermore the RBA have even hinted to using other measures to stimulate the economy and I expect this would be quantitative easing (printing money). History tells us when a central bank cuts interest rates investors tend to shy away from that particular currency, therefore the Australian dollar is set to face a tough time in the upcoming weeks.

In regards to the pound vs Australian dollar, the ongoing embarrassment which is British politics seem to keep stealing the headlines and therefore driving the price of GBPAUD. Boris Johnson is still the front runner to become the next PM and therefore the chances of crashing out of the EU remain high. On the 22nd July we will find out if Mr Johnson is set to take over No10, and the weeks thereafter will be extremely important for the future price of the pound.

Since the UK voted out of the EU the pound to Australian dollar mid market rate dropped just below 1.60. My personal opinion is that we will see a snap General Election before a crash out Brexit, however if I am wrong I wouldn’t be surprised to the see pound fall further than 1.60 before the end of the year.

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Pound to Australian dollar forecast: Which currency will devalue more, sterling or the Australian dollar?

Over the last couple of months both sterling and the Australian dollar have devalued in value due to their own specific problems. In the UK the ongoing Brexit saga is a major concern and the chances of crashing out of the EU have increased dramatically. Down under interest rates have been cut due to falling inflation and an underperforming property market. For clients that are converting sterling and Australian dollars, it doesn’t look like the UK or Australia’s fortune is going to change anytime soon, therefore the question clients should now ask themselves is which currency will devalue more than the other in the months to come?

Today MPs within the Conservative party will vote on who they want to see as the next Prime Minister. By the end of the day if a candidate has failed to achieve 17 votes they will be eliminated from the race to become the next PM. At the moment Boris Johnson is the front runner and the bookies favourite, which increases the chances of crashing out of the EU, even though he has made it clear this is not his aim. Yesterday there was an important vote in Parliament and the cross party attempt to give the commons power to stop a future PM from taking the UK out of the EU without a deal was defeated. This essentially means come the end of October if the UK fail to reach an agreement with the EU, the UK will crash out by default.

Down under it looks like interest rates could be cut further throughout the year. Most forecasters are suggesting this could be by 0.5% by the end of the year. When the cuts materialise, short term this could cause a problem for the Australian dollar, but long term it may stimulate growth. When trying to second guess sterling to Australian dollar exchange rates, my personal view is that Brexit will have the final say on the future direction. If the UK manage to persuade the EU to make changes, I expect GBPAUD to increase towards 2, however if the UK crash out of the EU I expect GBPAUD to fall to the lower rates we have seen over the last couple of years which is 1.60.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars with sterling, I expect major fluctuations in the next months, therefore making a decision now seems wise. It’s a gamble either way! If you would like help achieving exchange rates, that you are unlikely to receive with your own high street bank feel free to email me directly and I will personally respond with the process drl@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.

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