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Will GBPAUD rise or fall in October?

The pound to Australian dollar rate is looking more and more fragile in recent weeks yet has remained in the higher 1.60’s and even over 1.70 since the beginning of September. With wage growth a concern and consumer confidence starting to slip there is a growing concern there will not be any interest rate hikes for some time down under. This has seen the Australian dollar weaker as investor debate the next move from the RBA, further weakness on the Australian dollar would not be too surprising at all.

Buying Australian dollars with pounds has become much less costly in the last month as the pound surged on an expectation the Bank of England might raise interest rates next month. Coupled with mounting concerns over the dates for any possible Australian interest rate hikes GBPAUD climbed to some of the best rates since June.

Despite the inherent uncertainty over Brexit the pound is much better supported on renewed belief the UK Government under Theresa May will deliver Brexit. With a transitional period being discussed to extend the time frame for when the UK legally leaves the EU, there is now scope for the pound to find more support.

Whilst uncertainty over Brexit and a renewed confidence in the Aussie could see us shift lower in the the mid 1.60’s or even lower, for now the outlook seems to favour GBPAUD in a range of 1.68-1.73, I see it finding supporting above 1.70 in the next few weeks.

If you have a transfer to make buying or selling Australian dollar making plans around these key events is vital to getting the best deals. If you wish to discuss your transfer in more detail please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Aussie Dollar rate hits an 8-week high after Bank of England hints at a rate hike, will this upward trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound rose sharply today against all major currency pairs after comments from the governor of the Bank of England buoyed the markets.

Up until lunchtime today it had appeared that the Bank of England hadn’t planned on hiking interest rates in the UK until 2019, but that changed this afternoon after a number of comments from Mark Carney (the governor of the Bank of England) hit the financial headlines.

After a higher than expected inflation figure earlier this week, the Pound had climbed slightly on hopes that the BoE would act sooner, and today those hopes materialised which is why we’re seeing the Pound climb so steeply.

Generally speaking, an interest rate hike is considered a positive for the underlying currency in question, hence the sharp rise as the markets mere mostly shocked.

Carney stated that the possibility of a rate hike has increased, and that rates may need to be adjusted in the coming months. He also stated that that he was among the majority of the Monetary Policy Committee members that believe some withdrawal of monetary stimulus will be needed in the coming months.

With comments such as these I expect to see the Pound continue to climb from its current levels, especially if they continue and the rate hikes are carried out.

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 GBPAUD rise or fall in September?

I have been suspecting that GBPAUD will be falling fairly soon back under 1.60 as the problems ahead for the UK come further to the surface and investors continue to back the Australian dollar. Markets are bracing themselves for further uncertainty over Brexit and with the UK’s economic data going from worse to worse as the uncertainty continues we will undoubtedly see the pound continue to struggle in the future.

With the pound likely to remain at the mercy of Brexit developments and no concrete news expected until 2018, clients holding sterling awaiting any quick turnaround could be waiting some time. A further deterioration in the outlook could really be on the cards, the one thing markets do not like is uncertainty.

Another factor in the GBPAUD equation that is not helping AUD buyers is the Australian dollar is getting stronger. This is because the economic conditions in Australia are very positive and we have also had the currency finding favour from uncertainty elsewhere. Essentially the Australian dollar is used by investors because it offers a very high interest rate. So investors will buy the Australian dollar to get a higher return on their funds.

Australia offers 1.5% interest from the central bank whereas many other countries are offering much less, some are offering zero interest! Therefore in the absence of any possible rises in interest rates elsewhere the Australian dollar is being used by investors to park their cash to benefit from the rates, therefore it strengthens.

So there is a strong likelihood that the continuations of the current trends will weigh further on the GBPAUD exchange rate, I would not be surprised to see the levels slip below 1.60. If you are considering making a transfer buying the Australian dollar in the future I would suggest making some plans sooner than later is the best way forward.

To discuss the latest trends and themes and get the latest news on the rates please feel free to highlight any possible transfers to us. Please email me Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk to discuss and learn more!

Where can we expect GBPAUD rates to go in August?

I would be very surprised to see GBPAUD slip below 1.60 but equally surprised to see it rise above 1.70. Current levels in and around the 1.65 represent a fairly mid range price from what we have been used to for most of 2017. The pound has of course been the big loser with uncertainty over the Brexit but trends on the Australian dollar have also been really important. If you have a transfer buying or selling Australian dollars understanding the market and all of your options is key to maximising the opportunity for your transfer.

Yesterday was the big news for the GBPAUD exchange rate, the UK’s Super Thursday of data releases including the Bank of England and the Quarterly Inflation Report. The pound could easily drift lower in the coming weeks but the move yesterday was definitely something for both buyers and sellers of Australian dollars to take note of. Basically the lack of any interest rate hike for the UK makes it very difficult to expect the pound to rise sharply this month. What can we learn from this?

If you have a transfer to make buying the Australian dollar with pounds the outlook for sterling remains uncertain and expecting big improvements could be very risky as many clients have found out recently. Conversely clients looking to sell AUD for GBP are in a very good position because of the weakness of the pound which is representing a very good opportunity for them to sell.

I expect GBPAUD to trade in a range of between 1.62 and 1.67 for the rest of August. If you have a transfer to make in the coming weeks and wish for a better level please let me know by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading and please let me know if there is anything I can help with.

Busy week for Australian dollar exchange rates! Will we rise above 1.70 on GBPAUD?

Tonight and later this week is some critical data for the Australian and global economy that may well shape exchange rates. Exchange rates move all the time for a variety of reasons but one of the main factors driving the Aussie are the outlooks from the Reserve Bank of Australia. The raising or lowering of the interest rate from the RBA has a massive impact on the movements on the Australian dollar as it alters investors perception over the currency. Tonight’s RBA news in the form of the Rate Statement and Interest Rate decision will be closely watched for its effect on the AUD and therefore GBPAUD rates.

Movements of a few cent in either direction cannot be ruled out as whilst the market believed the RBA would not have any change in policy the potential for the market to shift is always high on the Aussie. Owing to the higher interest rate in Australia of 1.5% versus other leading economies of less than 0% or very low interest rates, the AUD is used because of its higher ‘yield’. Like a higher interest rate on a bank account investors will use the Aussie to earn more on their money, therefore any shifts in the likelihood of that interest rate changing down the line will see the currency swing.

Key news later this week not just from Australia but also from the US could see changes in these global sentiments which make the AUD more or less attractive to hold. Clients looking to buy or sell the Aussie should be most aware of the potential for sudden switches in direction, if you are looking to make a transfer why not take a few minutes to contact me highlighting your position so that I can keep you updated on potential developments.

Despite the pound weaker many commentators are stating that perhaps the pound has been oversold. I really couldn’t rule out some small improvements but the likelihood of the pound struggling in the future remains high. If you have a transfer to make and wish for some assistance please speak to me Jonathan by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you.

Will GBPAUD reach back to 1.70?

If you are holding pounds and looking to buy Australian dollars it has been a stressful period with the pound failing to spike as many had predicted on the back of the UK election. There was a belief the pound would rally to perhaps over 1.80, the Aussie having been on the back foot as Chinese data was failing to live up to expectation. Lately however the Chinese data is looking much better which, in conjunction with the pound sliding as the hung parliament divides opinion over the British pound, has seen the GBPAUD rate slip too. If you need to buy or sell Australian dollars making some plans around the next twist and turn is crucial since the current market is not pointing clearly in either direction.

We offer detailed insight and strategy to clients looking to move large volumes of currency around the world generally following property transactions or business transfers. This is because when moving such large volumes of say 50,000 GBP up to multi-millions a small difference in the exchange rate can mean a huge difference in the amount of currency you receive. Getting the timing and planning right is crucial to getting the best deals on the rates.

For clients looking towards the GBPAUD exchange rate pairing looking for better rates this week could offer some fresh opportunities with the latest fresh news over the UK’s political situation and also news relating to the Chinese economy. Since the Chinese economy is so closely linked to the Australian dollar keeping up to date with information here is crucial to getting the best rates. If you have a transfer to make this week has a number of releases which could see the GBPAUD rate move say 1 – 2 cents presenting a quick opportunity for savvy buyers and sellers!

For more information on the best rates and how to manage your exchange please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. If there is anything I can help with please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Buying and selling Australian Dollar rates finally expected to re-emerge from political limbo (Joshua Privett)

The Pound has been in a very visible limbo since the inconclusive election result, with Australian Dollar buyers and sellers waiting for news on where rate trends are expected to go moving forward.

That is not to say the interim period has been lacklustre and boring. Far from it. It is simply that economics has taken over in the meantime.

This has been the saga of interest rates which has been a dominant factor in currency value since last year, with the US being the first developed country to raise interest rates since the financial crisis.

Public disagreements between the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and members of the BOE Monetary Policy Committee over whether to raise interest rates in the UK or not has seen the Pound behaving like a yo-yo in recent weeks, but with little overall change.

The deciding factor will be the official formation of a minority Government next week, with official voting on their manifesto to go through Thursday-Friday to conclude the month of June.

The fact that any resolution seems likely to help the Pound given the hints noted recently on currency markets should be in the forefront of anyone with a Australian Dollar requirement’s thought process. The question at this point arguably is just how much the Pound will rise up against the Australian Dollar next week, and not if. 

In this context Australian Dollar buyers do not seem to have the same level of urgency as Australian Dollar sellers. You can secure exchange rates for AUD/GBP beofre interbank rates are expected rise back above 1.70 by contacting me over the weekend whilst markets are closed on jjp@currencies.co.uk. Even if your requirement is not until the end of the year, you can pre-book your currency at current attractive levels using the tools available at a specialist currency brokerage. There is not additional cost to pre-book.

I strongly recommend that if you have a currency requirement to buy Australian Dollars to contact me again on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer aimed at maximising your AUD return.

I have never had an issue beating the rates of exchange on offer elsewhere, so a brief conversation could save you a significant sum on a prospective transfer.

What can we expect next for GBPAUD currency rates?

Tonight is the latest RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) Meeting Minutes which will provide further insight into the latest thoughts from the RBA with regard to the relative strength or weakness of the Australian dollar. If you are looking to make a currency exchange buying or selling the pound or Australian dollar then understanding the latest news here is critical to what kind of rates you might expect in the future. In assisting my clients with the timing of any transaction as well as the best rates of exchange this release will be critical to understanding what might happen next on the rates.

The pound has clearly weakened following political uncertainty in the UK, but news from the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) could easily change that. Generally speaking the market is predicting the outlook for the RBA to be one where they are gently leaning towards hiking interest rates although this is unlikely to be anytime soon. If you are buying Australian dollars in the future this would potentially mean the transfer becomes more expensive, if you are selling AUD to buy the pound, the rate could get better.

Timing is everything in the currency market and understanding what my or may not influence your exchange rate is key. With almost ten years of experience assisting clients looking to buy and sell the Australian dollar I am well placed to offer my clients up to date news on what will impact their exchange rate.

If you have a transfer to make buying or selling Australian dollars for pounds, it is fair to say a weaker pound could see this level slip lower into the 1.60’s. However the Queen’s speech and uncertainty over the UK election final result this week reminds us that events can quickly changes and lead to unexpected results.

For more information at no cost or obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your transfer.

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.

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Will GBPAUD rates hit 1.80? Best rates in 8 months to buy Aussie dollars with pounds!

The overall impression for GBPAUD rates is now much more positive with sterling rising and the Australian dollar on the back foot following a series of releases which have unsettled investors attitudes to the Aussie. The general impression for the markets is that GBPAUD rates could now rise higher as the trends that have contributed to the rise from 1.59 to 1.76 continue further. I would not be ruling out rates of 1.80 in the coming weeks, it appears clients looking to sell AUD for sterling should be making plans around what could be a very volatile and choppy period.

Let us look at the situation from the perspective of clients buying Australian dollars, the rates are very good. We are at the very best rates we have seen since September of last year. The pound has been on the very weak side at the risk of falling further owing to uncertainty surrounding the Brexit. On a £200,000 transfer between the highs and lows you are today looking at an extra 33,000 AUD compared to the lower points. With the market appearing to favour if not further sterling strength then a much stronger and supported pound the general impression is that clients selling AUD to buy pounds will suffer.

Sterling could struggle in the run-up to the UK election but will for sure strengthen once Theresa May is confirmed Prime Minister. The overall viewpoint stemming from the previous elections is the pound weakens before and rise after. However this time it is a little different since the result is largely expected and will therefore be priced in to the value of sterling.

All in all I would be very concerned if I was selling Aussie dollars to buy pounds as it looks like the market has now shifted and to claw back and see rates that were on offer not so long ago come back we will need to see a big change in sentiment and the market forecasts. If you have a transfer to make then this week is vital as we have the latest news from the Bank of England which is likely to create some volatility on the market.

If you are considering any transfer involving buying or selling the pound and Australian dollar then making some plans in advance is sensible to avoid any potential surprises in the market. For more information and assistance in achieving the best rates in the market please speak to me Jonathan by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.