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GBPAUD breaks through 1.70 (Dayle Littlejohn)

In recent weeks the pound has been losing ground against the Australian dollar and exchange rates have fallen from 1.75 to 1.67. However today Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney has given Australian dollar buyers something to smile about, as UK interest rates could be hiked in the upcoming months, which would provide strength for sterling as investors look for higher returns on their investments.

The Governor announced today that the MPC will be debating interest rates in the upcoming months and a rate rise all depends on business investment, wage growth, Brexit negotiations and costs for labour.

Off the back of the positive news for the pound GBPAUD has now breached 1.70. To put this into monetary terms the 3 cent improvement this week will save clients £10,000 when purchasing 1,000,000 Australian dollars.

Looking further ahead I expect the pound to continue the upward trend for the remainder of the week and into next week as UK Prime Minister Theresa May should be able to put the election behind her when MPs vote on the queens speech later this week.

The leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn has stated he will try to make amendments to the Queens speech but in reality I can’t see any conservative MP voting against their own party, therefore this story should be over by this time next week.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollar in the upcoming weeks, months or years feel free to email me with the reason for your conversion (company invoice, buying a property) and the timescales you are working to and I will email you with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

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GBPAUD exchange rates fall to a 8 week low! (Dayle Littlejohn)

Pound vs Australian dollar exchange rates have reached an 8 week low this week due to sterling devaluing and the Australian dollar strengthening. To put this into monetary terms over the last 2 weeks exchange rates have dropped 5 1/2 cents which means a 200,000 Australian dollar purchase is now £3,850 more expensive.

Starting with the Australian dollar GDP numbers have remained resilient this month, and positive business sales growth coupled with increased consumer spending has strengthened the Australian dollar. In addition the Philip Lowe (Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia) also commented earlier in the week that the global economy is in better shape than previous years which is helping the commodity currencies. This was a surprise statement as iron ore prices continue to remain under pressure due to a slow down in China.

As for the pound the Governor of the Bank of England gave a dovish statement yesterday and confirmed the UK are not in the position to raise interest rates anytime soon even though three members of the Bank of England voted to hike rates only 6 days ago. Furthermore Brexit negotiations have begun and are putting pressure on sterling as the market is nervous about a deal being struck in regards to the divorce settlement.

In my opinion it is impossible to predict how Brexit negotiations will impact the pound. Positive news will strengthen the pound negative will do the opposite. I am optimistic that deal will be struck eventually however other traders on the floor are not. If you are purchasing pounds with Australian dollars or vice versa I would recommend getting in touch and I will keep you up to date with regular information until you are ready to convert drl@currencies.co.uk.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the upcoming months and want to achieve rates of exchange that are better than your bank, whilst receiving regular economic information feel free to email me with the currency pair (AUDGBP, AUDEUR, AUDUSD) the reason for the transfer (company invoice, property purchase) the timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the process of converting currency. My direct email address is drl@currencies.co.uk and I look forward to receiving your email.

Volatility expected on GBP/AUD in the next 24hrs as government announcment expected (Daniel Johnson)

Queens Speech has potential to cause movement on GBP/AUD

Tomorrow we will see the state opening of parliament and the queens speech which had been delayed as the conservatives and the DUP thrash out a deal. The UK is currently in political limbo at present and this has been very detrimental to the pound, if we go by what is taught in economics class you would expect the pound to rally once there is a government in place. It is common knowledge that we will see a conservative-DUP  coalition and the market will have largely factored this into the current GBP/AUD rate.  What I think will have more bearing is what plans the coalition have for the country particularly regarding the brexit strategy. A change from Theresa May’s hard brexit plan could well occur, as the DUP would favour a soft border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, this would mean a move away from May’s plans of border control and a hard brexit. It is important to also note that senior members of the conservatives have threatened to challenge May’s leadership if she changes her plans on  a hard exit. If you have a currency trade to perform involving GBP/AUD you need to be in touch with an experienced broker if you want to take full advantage of short term spikes. There are a number of options to ensure any tempting peaks which emerge are not missed and if you would like me to help, be sure to get in touch in quickly so I am aware of your situation and can assist in maximising your return. My details are at the bottom of the article.

 

RBA Minutes gives an indication of what could influence future Australian Dollar value

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) minutes  take place two weeks after the interest rate decision. They provide an account of policy discussion and also how the committee voted. This can give a real indication of what monetary policy changes can be made in the future and can influence GBP/AUD.

The minutes took place during the early hours of this morning and is was much the same as the previous meeting, interest rates were kept on hold at 1.50%. Housing and employment will be key factors in interest rate judgement as detailed in the minutes.

Data will continue to hit the wire throughout the month regarding these key indicator, affecting the value of the Australian Dollar consistently. Feel free to get in touch if you would like me to keep an eye on these releases for you, I can contact you if an opportunity presents itself.

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Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate falls again, will the downward trend for the Pound continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Aussie Dollar buying rate dropped again throughout today’s trading session, with the exchange rate dropping by 0.65% throughout the day up until the time of writing.

Not only are the financial markets and investors concerned about the political situation in the UK, with the outcome of the election being one of the worse case scenarios for the UK as it resulted in a Hung Parliament, but the rising rate of Inflation and lower wage growth becoming an issue that could rise to the surface very quickly.

If the rate of inflation continues to climb but the rate of wage growth continues to decline (as figures released today showed it happening for the 3rd month in a row), I think the Pound could find itself trading at a much lower rate than we’re currently witnessing.

My reasoning behind this is because the UK consumer has been propping up the UK economy since the Brexit, which has allowed the ship to steady to an extent after all the warnings from market analysts should the UK pubic have voted to leave the EU.

Should the current trend of higher costs of living in the UK continue I think the Pound may fall as I previously mentioned, and if you would like to be kept updated regarding this matter as well as any others that can potential impact GBP to AUD exchange rates, do feel free to get in touch with me.

There’s a plethora of data due out tomorrow for the UK specifically, so feel free to contact me overnight to discuss these events and how they could impact any short term currency exchange plans you may have.

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/AUD Rates Trading Under 1.70! (Matthew Vassallo)

GBP/AUD rates are once again trading under 1.70, as the Pound’s struggles continue following last week’s unexpected election results.

The Pound has seen its gains over the past month dissipate, with 1.70 becoming a key threshold for the pair.

Those clients holding both Sterling and AUD will now be asking themselves how the pair will react over the coming days? Whilst I don’t anticipate a major advancement for the Pound whilst so much uncertainty hangs over the UK economy, any deal between the Conservatives and the little know DUP party from Northern Ireland, could bring an element of stability back to the market.

Political or economic uncertainty is generally a currencies undoing and the Pound’s struggles over recent days is proof of this. Once a government has been formed, then it is far more likely that investor confidence will rise and the Pound could stabilise as a result. This could have an instant negative impact on the AUD and as such the current sell prices for those clients holding AUD look very attractive indeed.

Whilst the AUD has also been supported due to the Chinese economy stabilising and accelerated growth in its own economy, it is always left somewhat vulnerable due its status as a commodity based currency.

For example, the Trump effect is causing investors to panic and this is unlikely to benefit riskier commodity based currencies such as the AUD in the long-term. The AUD’s value is inextricably linked to Australia’s booming export market and any downturn here will likely knock its value. Due its reliance on global growth a change in fortune for China, or concerns regarding the US can cause investors to sell off their riskier assets (such as the AUD) and move funds into ‘safe haven’ currencies such as the CHF.

Ultimately, this means that investors will look to GBP/AUD for example and see the opportunity to make more money on bigger market swings and thus, the pairs value can fluctuate quite substantially.

The current market is extremely unpredictable and with global growth fragile and concerns over the UK economy ahead of what is likely to be arduous Brexit negotiations, I would be tempted to look for short-term market opportunities.

If you have an upcoming GBP or AUD currency transfer to make and would like to be kept up to date with all the latest market movements, or simply wish to compare our award-winning exchange rates with your current provider, then please feel free to contact me on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask one of the team for Matt.

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Will the pound continue to fall against the Australian dollar (Dayle Littlejohn)

In the run up to the UK general election GBPAUD exchange rates remained buoyant around the mid 1.70s which was a surprise to the traders here as the pound was falling across the board against all of the major currencies. I put it down to the Australian dollar weakening due to iron prices and the slow down in China.

Once the general election exit polls were released the pound started to tumble against the Australian dollar and rates continued to fall once it was announced that Theresa May had not won an outright majority. GBPAUD exchange rates have dropped 8 cents since the election result which means if clients are converting 400,000 Australian dollars back to sterling they will receive an additional £10,800.

Looking further ahead I find it difficult to see how the pound will gain any momentum until a government has been formed. At present UK Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to form a minority government with the DUP. Many have questioned the alliance as some of the DUP policies and views seem controversial and not supported by the Conservatives.

Personally I believe a government will be formed in the upcoming days which could provide some stability for the pound. Thereafter Theresa May will turn her attention to Brexit negoations and with the election result a softer Brexit looks more likely which actually improve the pounds value as remaining a part of the single market could actually occur.

For Australian dollars sellers buying sterling, it appears China are going to continue to slow and economists are predicting iron ore prices will follow which will have a negative impact on the Australian dollar. The spike we have seen over the last 5 days may be worth taking advantage of.

If you are trading GBPAUD in the upcoming weeks, months or years and want to save money feel free to email me with the reason for your conversion (company invoice, buying a property) and the timescales you are working to and I will email you with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

** If you are already using a brokerage and would like to know if you are receiving the best rates possible email me with the exact figures and I will reply with our live price. This will take you minutes and in the past I have saved clients thousands! **

 

Sterling vs Australian dollar predictions (Dayle Littlejohn)

In recent weeks the pound has been falling against most of the major currencies however remains buoyant against the Australian dollar. The reason for the pounds decline is that the UK public will be visiting the polling stations once more to decide who will run the country for the next term. Past history tells us when there is an election the currency in question comes under pressure and therefore losing ground against its counterparts.

However the pound has performed relatively well against the Australian dollar as the Austrian dollar has problems of its own. It was only yesterday the Australian dollar took a battering due to further falls in iron iron prices, Australia’s largest export. Furthermore Westpac announced capital expenditure figures have disappointed and the Chinese manufacturing activity is slowing which has led to the two per cent drop in iron ore.

As there is only 6 days to the UK general election, this week I expect the pound to come under further pressure and GBPAUD exchange rates to fall back towards 1.70. Polls are narrowing and suggesting that the Conservative party won’t win a majority however I personally believe they will pull through.

If I were buying Australian dollars I would not put all of my eggs in one basket and would therefore purchase 50% before the election and 50% in the future just in case we see another shock announcement like we did 12 months ago when the public decided to vote out of the European Union.

For Australian dollar sellers the slowdown in China is not going away and I believe this will continue in the months and in fact years to come. Therefore if I had Australian dollars I expect rates to be at their most volatile towards the end of the week on the eve of the election and thats when I would make the conversion.

If you need to buy or sell Australian dollars and would like to save as much money as possible, feel free to email me with your requirements and I will respond with the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk. As a company we pride ourselves in the ability to get you a better exchange rate than your current currency provider or your bank. In addition we can outline your options and the potential future events, which will impact your exchange rate. This will help you to make informed and educated decisions.

Australian dollar falls due to China’s credit rating (Dayle Littlejohn)

This morning China’s credit rating has been cut by Moody’s by one level to A1. A1 is the fifth highest credit rating by the well established Moody’s, and indicated that the country can meet debt requirements however are susceptible to change due to economic changes.  The reason why China have been cut is that debt levels are continuing to rise and will continue to rise in a bid to keep the economy growing. Moody’s stated “Rising Debt will erode China’s credit metrics, with robust growth increasingly reliant on policy stimulus.”

The slowdown in China is having a direct impact on Australia’s largest export Iron Ore. Fortescue, on of the largest producers of Iron ore have warned that Iron prices could continue to fall in the upcoming months. Since February Iron ore has dropped from $95 dollars per tonne to $60 dollars. With this in mind I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Australian dollar lose value in the upcoming months. Good news for Aussie buyers bad news for Aussie sellers.

However when buying or selling Australian dollars it is always important to analyse the other currency you will be converting. If you are a regular reader you will know that the brokerage I work for is based in the UK and therefore I write many articles including the pound. In regards to GBPAUD exchange rates the pound is under pressure due to the upcoming UK General Election and Brexit negotiations however I wouldn’t be surprised to see a slight rise in the upcoming weeks.

The problem I have longer term for Australian dollar buyers that will be using sterling is that any point I believe Brexit negotiations could stall due to the €100bn divorce settlement. If this occurs I expect exchange rates to fall back to the levels we become accustom to over the last 6 months (1.60).

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 award winning 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.

Factors impacting GBPAUD exchange rates (Dayle Littlejohn)

In recent months the Australian dollar has been losing ground against sterling for a few reasons. Firstly Iron ore prices, Australia’s largest export an a commodity that Australia heavily rely on has been falling in value. Last week Iron ore stockpiles at Chinese ports rose 1.7% to a record 134.25 million tons as of Friday, according to weekly data from Shanghai Steelhome E-Commerce Co. With reports suggestions China are having a slow down these stock piles continue to rise which in turn would have a negative impact on iron ore prices. Secondly the UK Prime Minister called for a snap election which also provided strength for the pound as a Conservative majority is likely which in turn would give the PM more power when negotiating Brexit.

However recent poor UK economic data has stopped the pound for making any further gains against the Australian dollar. The Bank of England have announced inflation is outpacing wage growth which is real problem for the UK public, however the Bank of England are not in the position to raise interest rates which would combat the inflation pressures.

Looking ahead I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Australian dollar continue to devalue as the FED are likely to raise interest rates in the upcoming months which would lead to a sell off of Australian dollars to buy US dollars and the also the problem with Iron ore is not going away. As for the UK as soon as the General Election is over Brexit negations will be in full swing.

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research have exclaimed Brexit negotiations could cause major swings for sterling exchange rates.  They told their clients they believe sterling’s good run is coming to an end. Personally I think it is impossible to predict how Brexit negotiations will unravel therefore gambling on this could go either way.

The currency company I work for has won numerous awards for exchange rates therefore it enables me to trade Australian dollars at rates better than other brokerages and high street banks. I would recommend sending an email with a brief description of your requirements and your timescales (this is very important, the length of time you have will change your options) and I will email you with my strategy and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk. Alternatively if you would like to discuss your requirements over the phone call 0044 1494-787478 and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

Pound to Aussie Dollar rate continues to fall over UK economic outlook concerns, will the downward trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate fell into the 1.73’s earlier today as the downward pressure upon the Pound continued.

Despite still trading in the 1.70’s the GBP/AUD pair has fallen from its 8-month high as the currency is falling against all major currency pairs, with the drop against some currencies being steeper than others with GBP/EUR’s fall down to a 5-week low bring one of the standout movers.

The main reason for the softening to Sterling’s value can be attributed to the Inflation rate within the UK and its knock on effects.

The rate of Inflation has risen to its highest level since September 2013 and this is significant as it’s come at a time when UK wage growth is stagnating. Inflation is growing at a higher rate than wage growth which is likely to negatively impact consumer spending within the UK, which is an important aspect of the UK economy.

This situation looks gloomy for the Pound moving forward as the Bank of England has ruled out a rate hike in the short term future, especially with a general election just around the corner.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the GBP/AUD rate dip below 1.70 in the short term future, unless there’s a reversal in the steep rise of living costs within the UK.

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.