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Australian Dollar still weakens as ASX falls due to U.S-China trade tensions

The Australian Dollar has had another fairly tough week against most major currencies, with the main reason being put down once again to the growing trade tensions between the U.S and China that do not appear to be going away soon.

These tensions are also weighing on the Australian share market, with commodities prices losing value the higher the tensions are.

U.S proposals are still not being taken well by China and the threats from China to take countermeasures are merely adding to global investors steering away from the perceived risk of the Australian Dollar and moving into safer haven currencies.

I have personally felt that the Australian Dollar would be in for a tough time for a while now, it is still managing to hold it’s ground at the moment with everything being taken into account, but I do feel that the issues with China will continue to weigh on the value of the Australian Dollar, not just the trade wars but also the growing levels of debt in the Chinese economy which have been a problem for quite some time now.

As many regular readers will know Chinese issues can impact the value of the Australian Dollar due to the sheer volume of goods and services that China import from Australia and also the huge amount of tourism that China provides to the Australian economy too.

All eyes will continue to be on Trump’s next move and also the U.S data release which is Non-Farm payroll data due out during trading on Friday. This release can impact global attitude to risk therefore can impact the value of the Australian Dollar too.

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Positive tone from the RBA leads to Australian Dollar strength overnight

The Australian Dollar has had a fairly solid 24 hours or so following on from the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) interest rate decision overnight.

No changes to interest rates were made and the interest rate level remained at 1.5% for the 23rd consecutive month, however it was the tone of the RBA that sparked the strength for the Australian Dollar against most majors.

The Australian Dollar has been one of the top performers of the trading day due to the outlook going forward. Currencies quite often move on speculation as well as fact, and many analysts had been expecting another fairly damp overview from the RBA meeting minutes.

What they actually received was a fairly positive report, citing that they now expect wage growth to improve and in fact that they felt that this had now troughed, and with reports of skills shortages in certain areas there is now an expectation from the RBA that wage growth will start to naturally rise and this should drag the economy up with it.

The Australian economy has had a mixed year so far, whilst there has been nothing to panic about the economic data that has been released has not exactly been fantastic, and throw into the mix the issues with Donald Trump with Trade Wars and the potential issue over North Korea earlier in the year and you can see just why the Australian Dollar has had a shaky 6 months.

Political tensions and larger global problems can also weaken the Australian Dollar as it is perceived as a ‘riskier’ currency, so global issues can decrease investors attitude to risk and therefore weaken the Australian Dollar when they occur.

There is little to come out in terms of Australian data in the coming days, but for those of you looking to carry out an exchange involving the Australian Dollar then non-farm payroll data in the U.S on Friday, which measure employment in America will be your next one to watch, as this can also impact global attitude to risk.

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Australian Dollar still open to risk sell off – Italy key at present and Chinese data rounds off the week

Italian politics have been one of the surprise movers for Australian Dollar exchange rates so far this week, with news of a breakdown in talks to form a Government coming out earlier in the week this has led to a rise in political instability which can impact investors and speculators attitude to risk.

With the Australian Dollar being deemed as a ‘riskier’ currency it is open to the elements of global political and economic issues, so situations like the one in Italy at present or even the on-going situation between Donald Trump and North Korea can have quite an impact on the value of the currency.

In times of uncertainty the Australian Dollar tends to weaken and when matters are settled you can see the Australian Dollar get a little stronger.

As regular readers  of the site will be aware it does not look like we will be seeing a rise in interest rates for Australia in the coming months which may keep the Australian Dollar out of fashion for a little while, especially when you note that the Federal Reserve over in the U.S are consistently raising rates and have been for a while now.

An interest rate hike is generally seen as a positive for a currency as it makes that currency more attractive to investors and a cut in interest rates can been seen as negative, so with the action seen from the U.S over the last year or so we are witnessing a flurry of money out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S Dollar which is perceived as a safer currency and now offers a better return as well.

We have minimal economic data out for Australia this week but we do have Chinese manufacturing tomorrow and Friday which may also impact the Australian Dollar as the week nears an end.

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Australian Dollar weakens a little as U.S Bonds continue to rise – Poor wage growth continues to be an issue

The Australian Dollar has lost a little ground in trading this week with U.S Bonds being partially to blame for the latest bout of Australian Dollar weakness. The U.S treasury yield has recently hit its highest level in 7 years and the reason this is impacting the Australian Dollar is that this is causing a large flow of money to come back out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S Dollar, making USD more expensive to buy and AUD a lot cheaper.

Over the past few years we have seen interest rates continue to rise in the U.S and remain stable in Australia and now that the USD is seen as a more attractive and less risky investment investors are starting to make their moves and to shift money back into the Dollar.

It does not look like we will be seeing a move from the RBA to raise interest rates until next year now which in my opinion will continue to hold the Australian Dollar back. Poor wage growth figures matching the 1.9% inflation figure released have shown that workers have not seen any growth in their wages for the past year and wage growth levels are currently sat very close to historic lows.

What this means is that the general consumer has less money in their pocket to spend and therefore this can impact the economy further. It also will hold back the Reserve Bank of Australia from raising interest rates as a move to hike rates now would put homeowners under pressure, so they really are stuck at the moment as to what is the right thing to do.

I believe the RBA will continue to monitor data before rushing anything, but the signs are there for me that we may see a little Australian Dollar weakness in the coming months.

If you are in the position that you need to carry out a currency exchange involving Australian Dollars and any other major currency then you are more than welcome to get in touch with me and I will be  happy to help you personally. The brokerage I work for has been operating for 18 years now and we pride ourselves on getting clients not only the best exchange rates on the market but also offering the very highest level of customer service too.

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Australian Dollar weakness across the board – Political tensions globally weighing on AUD exchange rates

Today we have seen a bout of Australian Dollar weakness, seeing Australian Dollar exchange rates drop off against the board.

Commodity based currencies saw a sell off as tension rose between Iran and the U.S and we actually saw AUD/USD hit the lowest levels we have witnessed since June 2017 as a result of this.

Poor Australian Retail Sales also were no doubt a contributing factor to this move but it is no doubt that global uncertainty that we now have will impact the Australian Dollar in a negative way.

It has been my view for a while now that the Australian Dollar may be in for a poor year and situations like the latest one between America and Iran will only make matters worse. The Australian Dollar is still perceived as a ‘riskier’ currency so in times of global uncertainty you can see money pour out of the Australian Dollar ind into the so called ‘safer’ currencies such as the Australian Dollar and the Swiss Franc.

Developments regarding political tensions will continue to impact Australian Dollar exchange rates as the week progresses so if you have a large currency exchange to make involving the Australian Dollar then it is important to keep a keen eye on what is happening as it could impact your exchange rate considerably, this is an ever changing situation and we are getting news through 24 hours a day.

If you are in the position where you may need to exchange Australian Dollars in the near future then a limit order may be a sensible course of action, this is where you can set yourself a specific target level and should there be a spike in the market at any time 24 hours a day that makes that level a achievable then your currency will be bought out automatically for you, this is just one of the many tools we offer on our trading floor.

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RBA interest rate decision- Rates look set to continue on hold for the foreseeable future

If comments from the RBA last night are anything to go by it does look like we may be set for stable interest rates for the foreseeable future, despite the fact that we have had a record breaking period of policy stability in recent times.

For the last 19 meetings we have seen no rate movements which now dates back to a stable interest rate since August 2016, in the meantime we are starting to see interest rates for other economies around the world begin to rise, which is why the Australian Dollar has weakened against a number of major currencies over the past year or so.

For those that are not aware an interest rate hike is generally seen as positive for the currency concerned as it will make that currency more attractive to investors, so due to the fact that we have not seen a rise in rates and one does not appear to be on the cards the Australian Dollar has started to lose value, making it cheaper to buy.

Until the RBA gain more confidence in wage growth  and labour market conditions in general then I feel that they will not budge on their stance, they admitted today that employment growth has slowed and that this is one of the reasons why they are still approaching any rate changes with caution.

Some analysts are now predicting that we may not see a move from the RBA until 2020 at the earliest, and with this in mind I personally feel that the Australian Dollar may be set to struggle in the months ahead, especially if you add into the picture falling commodity prices and a lower attitude to risk from investors at present.

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Australian inflation comes in slightly below forecasts, AUD weakness as a result

Today Australian inflation figures were released and fell slightly below analysts expectations, leading to a slight drop in value for the Australian Dollar over the course of the trading day.

Expectations had been for inflation to come in at a level of 0.5% however the figure released only came in at 0.4%, the annual rate posted at 1.95%, this does show that inflation is rising but we are still seeing the level of inflation posting below the target rate that the Reserve Bank of Australia have which is a level of 2.5%.

This will more than likely lead to the RBA now continuing to hold off on any interest rate hikes, and I would still be surprised to see a hike in interest rates for Australia this year, although of course a lot can change in the currency markets over a few months so watch this space!

The reason the lower inflation figures led to a slight drop in value for the Australian Dollar is that this has dampened the chances of an interest rate hike happening in the near term, and an interest rate hike is generally seen as positive for a currency. With the markets moving on speculation as well as an actual event happening, the fact that an interest rate hike is now deemed to be further away for Australia then leads to weakness for the Australian Dollar.

With numerous other central banks around the world inclusive of the U.S and U.K now making their moves and raising interest rates we are starting to see a flow of money come out of the Australian Dollar and moved into these perceived safer currencies as the rate of return is getting closer to that of the AUD if not better.

If you have the need to carry out a large currency exchange involving buying or selling the Australian Dollar and you would like my assistance then I can help you both get a better rate than the majority of brokerages and also help you put together a game plan on the timing of your transaction, which can also make a big difference.

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Australian Dollar waits for Tuesday’s RBA minutes and Chinese GDP

Australian Dollar exchange rates have suffered a little weakness against most major currencies today, as investors and speculators await the Reserve Bank of Australia meeting minutes from their last interest rate decision and Chinese Growth figures all out tomorrow.

The main focal point for the RBA minutes will be any nod to plans for the next interest rate change, at present interest rates in Australia have been kept on hold for a record number of meetings, it does appear that this will still be the case for the foreseeable future too.

Interest rates are key to the value of a currency because a higher interest rate will generally make it more attractive to investors, so the fact that the RBA have not moved to raise interest rates for a long period of time, yet other central banks such as the Federal Reserve have made that move is leading to weakness for the Australian Dollar which I still feel may continue in the coming months.

On the other hand we also have Chinese growth figures due out too, with expectations of a slight drop off in growth expected in China. Chinese data can have a large impact on the value of the Australian Dollar too due the the sheer volume China imports from Australia, helping the Australian economy.

Should Chinese growth figures have slowed a little and the RBA also give no further positive rate news then we may see Australian weakness overnight.

If you have a large currency exchange to make involving Australian Dollars then it is well worth you contacting me directly. You can get in touch with me by emailing me (Daniel Wright) directly on djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be more than happy to contact you personally to see how I can help you. We offer highly competitive exchange rates along with help on timing your transaction and would like to think our customer service is way above and beyond elsewhere. I look forward to speaking with you.

 

 

 

Sterling to Australian Dollar rate remains above 1.80, is a move towards 1.90 now a possibility?

The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate has managed to hold onto the gains it made recently, which could be a key indicator for future movement between the pair.

The key level of 1.80, which had acted as a resistance for almost two-years was broken easily by the Pound as news broke that the UK and EU negotiators have come to an agreement regarding the transitional Brexit agreement.

This news boosted sentiment surrounding the Pound as it saw a boost across the board of major currency pairs, but the gains against AUD have been exaggerated as AUD has been coming under some pressure of its own.

AUD has lost its status as one of the highest yielding major currencies after the US Fed Reserve bank has begun hiking rates in the US, with plans of further hikes this year on the cards. This in-turn has made the Aussie Dollar less attractive, which has helped the Pound hit these high levels.

Despite some poor data out over the last week in the UK’s construction, manufacturing and services sectors the Pound has manged to hold on to its gains which I believe is a positive sign for the Pound moving forward.

There is quite a quiet week of data scheduled for this week out of the UK, but I do think tomorrow could be the busiest day as UK GDP and Industrial and Manufacturing production figures are set for release all before lunchtime.

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Australian Dollar exchange rates look ahead to RBA interest rate for next stages of movement

Australian Dollar exchange rates have weakened against a basket of major currencies this week so far and depending on just what we hear back from the RBA during their interest rate decision and monetary policy statement next week. Expectations are for no change to interest rates either at this particular decision or for the coming months but what will be key for the Australian Dollar will be the comments in the monetary policy statement afterwards, and the tone taken by the RBA.

Recent comments from the RBA have suggested that they are not happy with Australian economic data at present and that this will hold them back from looking to raise rates in the near future. This is slowly dropping Australia behind, investors are pulling their money out of the Australian Dollar to seek higher returns elsewhere, for example moving money into U.S Dollars where the interest rate is now higher and the currency is perceived as a safer option.

One of the key issues for the RBA at present is the fact that average earnings/wage growth is not picking up at the pace they would like it to. This causes an issue as if the general consumer’s earnings are not moving up in line with inflation, then essentially people are going to have less money in their pocket to spend which leads to the economy weakening slightly.

This issue has been quite common around the globe, however many other regions are now starting to find that their average earnings figures are rising which is giving them more room to raise interest rates which is why the Australian Dollar is starting to suffer as a result.

My personal view has been that we will have a weak year for the Australian Dollar this year, and I have been saying that for a number of months now. It does appear at present that these predictions are starting to come true.

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