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Best Rates for Buying Australian Dollars – GBP AUD 1.84 (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar remains under pressure as events on the global stage continue to drive the dollar lower. The uncertainty over the potential trade war between the US and China has implications for the Australian dollar too. China is Australia’s largest export market so any slowdown in economic growth in China results in an immediate reduction to Australian exports. The other issue that stems from this is that a global trade war would potentially see a slowdown in economic growth causing some currencies to include the commodity currencies to weaken of which the Australian dollar is one of them.

Rates for GBP AUD are currently sitting above 1.84 which has presented a great opportunity for those clients looking to buy Australian dollars. The pound has been boosted considerably of late on the back of a brighter outlook on Brexit and the prospect of an imminent interest rate increase in the UK. The Bank of England next meet in May and there is a high chance that the central bank will raise interest rates. This seems particularly likely now that wage growth numbers released yesterday increased for the first time in a year. The Bank of England have been paying very close attention to this data set and the boost is proving very positive for sterling.

Those clients looking to sell Australian dollars could see an improvement assuming the rhetoric on trade tariffs begins to die down. The US is currently renegotiating the NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico. You may ask what this has to do with the Australian dollar – In my view any progress on this agreement could signal a turning point for US President Donald Trump with new terms agreed and may start to calm those nerves in the financial markets. As such the Australian dollar could be a beneficiary on any positive developments in the world arena.

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GBP AUD Exchange Rates Rally on Uncertainty for Commodity Currencies (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar has weakened again after coming under pressure from the recent trade tariffs being imposed by China and the US. The Australian dollar as a commodity currency is impacted negatively when there is a threat to global growth and that risk is very real in the current climate. With tit for tat trade tariffs being imposed by both nations there have been concerns that things could escalate and end up in a global trade war.

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a conciliatory speech this morning and even suggested opening trade which would include a reduction on import tariffs on vehicles and even hinted at encouraging imports. It follows a tweet from Trump yesterday which highlighted that China has been slapping on tariffs to the tune of 25% whilst in the US that tariff has only been 2.5%

I don’t think anyone is expecting a fully blown trade war but there is still some nervousness about the trade disputes which also moves into the realms of the NAFTA trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico. The Canadian dollar is another commodity currency also feeling the pinch and how Trump handles these negotiations will almost certainly have a knock on effect on the Aussie.

Those clients looking to buy Australian dollars with pounds could see some more positive movement as the trade disputes intensify but at some point an outcome should be reached and this should be beneficial for the Aussie. Rates for GBP AUD are hovering around 1.83 and are proving to be some of the best levels we have seen for some time. A rally in commodity prices on brighter global outlook could see material gains for the Aussie and reverse the good gains that have been witnessed.

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Buying Australian Dollars? GBP AUD Supported (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar remains under a fair amount of pressure amidst global economic and political changes. Rates for GBP AUD remain over 1.80 for the pair although a move higher to 1.90 may prove difficult in the short term. Those clients looking to buy Australian dollars with pounds may wish to consider locking in at today’s rates and take advantage of these higher levels which have only recently become available.

The pound has been boosted following slightly better manufacturing numbers released yesterday as per the Purchasing Managers Index. Tomorrows services sector data for the UK could prove particularly volatile for the pound and a strong number could see a rally in the GBP AUD pair.

The Australian dollar could also come under added pressure in the short term as a result of some of the trade barriers which are being erected by China and the US at present. If trade barriers and tariffs continue to go up then the Australian dollar could be one to suffer although the markets are hopeful this behaviour will not turn into a fully blown trade war.

Those clients who are looking to sell Australian dollars for pounds should continue to see more volatility in the coming weeks and months as result of the ongoing Brexit negotiations between Britain and the EU. One of the reasons the pound has rallied is due to the fact that the second round of negotiations has just been completed with talks now progressing on to future trade. Once the thorny issues of the Irish border and also whether financial services can be included in and trade deal have been resolved this could prove beneficial for sterling exchange rates.

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Has GBP AUD Peaked? – Sterling Begins to Fall (James Lovick)

The pound continues to maintain the higher ground against the Australian dollar whilst sterling is falling this morning against most of the other major currencies. Rates for GBP AUD are currently sitting just below 1.84 for the pair but the positive rally appears now to be coming to an end. At present there is an excellent opportunity to buy Australian dollars with pounds and clients may wish to consider securing sooner rather than later to avoid potential disappointment. Sterling Is beginning to fall sharply against most of the other major currencies in a sign of what may now be about to happen against the Australian dollar.

The pound has been given an excellent boost over the last week after Britain and the EU were able to agree on a transitional deal which keeps Britain abiding by EU rules for another 18 months to avoid the so called cliff edge Brexit. This is important for sterling exchange rates as the agreement gives business some certainty which the markets have been screaming out for. This latest Brexit agreement combined with the trade policy adjustments coming out of the Trump administration have helped see the GBP AUD pair soar.

Donald Trump has made two recent interventions where tariffs on Chinese exports have been introduced. The first was the imposition of tariffs on both steel and aluminium and more recently he introduced tariffs on some imported goods. This has wider implications and the Australian dollar is likely to see market volatility on the back of any further policy changes coming from the US.

These changes have wider implications and the Australian dollar is one currency that is disproportionately impacted. The prospect of a trade war has implications for the Aussie especially considering the size of Australia’s export market to China and the fact that China at present is being heavily targeted by the US with these trade barriers.

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Buying Australian Dollars with Pounds? (James Lovick)

Those clients looking to buy Australian dollars have seen a great spike this week for the GBP AUD pair. Rates for GBP AUD have broken over 1.83 although the recent rally appears to be running out of steam. The pound has been given an excellent boost after agreement was reached between Britain and the EU on a transitional deal in the Brexit negotiations. The pound has benefitted from this as a degree of confidence for British business has been restored and this is seen as welcome news for the British economy.

Clients looking to buy Australian dollars would be wise to consider taking advantage of the current highs as spikes likes these in recent months have so far proved very short lived. There are a number of thorny issues which will resurface in the coming weeks and revolve around the Irish border and financial services.

If no agreement is reached over the Irish border and if a deal cannot be found which includes financial services for the city of London then the prospect of a no deal scenario suddenly starts to look considerably more likely. It is for this reason that any gains beyond these levels seem unlikely in the short term at least.

Clients looking to sell Australian dollars should see some spikes in the coming weeks and months although my view is that a deal on Brexit will be reached and this could see the pound perform very well. A move towards 1.90 for GBP AUD cannot be ruled out in these markets especially as the Brexit appears to have finally turned a corner with an apparent accord and will to move forward from all sides.

For more information on Australian dollar exchange rates and how to make the most of these opportunities in this volatile period then please get in touch with me at jll@currencies.co.uk

AUD Weakness after Hints on US Trade Policy (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar came under pressure in afternoon trade yesterday taking considerable losses against most of the major currencies. Rates for GBP AUD have climbed higher breaking over 1.79 for the pair which has created a good opportunity for those clients looking to buy Australian dollars with pounds.

The weakness in the Aussie has stemmed from events in the US rather than negative data down under. The new economic adviser to US President Donald Trump has signalled he is in favour of a strong US dollar whilst also signalling that he is preparing for another round of tariffs which will target Chinese exports.

The prospect of a trade war appears to be looking more likely on the back of these comments and the commodity currencies including the Australian dollar are likely to be impacted upon badly. The Canadian dollar in particular has come under substantial pressure on the back of protectionist policies and the Aussie may have further to fall. Clients looking to buy Australian dollars in these coming weeks could see some even better opportunities to purchase with a move higher to 1.80 for the GBP AUD pair looking likely. Whilst the steel and aluminium tariffs imposed so far have had little real market reaction any other measures could see the Australian dollar come under renewed pressure.

The dollar had until recently been supported following upbeat trade data from China which is normally seen as a vote of confidence for the Aussie but the comments from US economic adviser Larry Kudlow. Australia’s largest export market is China and so when the Chinese economy is performing well it is generally a good sign that global economic growth is being seen and Australian exports are on the up. Any perceived slowdown in economic growth is likely to result in a rocky ride for the Aussie going forward.

For more information about the Australian dollar and how to try and make the most of any opportunities for buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me at jll@currencies.co.uk

Will GBP AUD Hit 1.80?

The Australian dollar has come under a wave of new pressure as a result of concerns of the possibility of future trade tariffs being imposed from US President Donald Trump. Whilst the commentary coming from the White House has softened slightly overnight by suggesting that tariffs would only affect certain countries the uncertainty is still there and this is having a negative impact on the Aussie. There is a possibility of a trade war which could be damaging for the commodity currencies in particular which include the Australian and New Zealand dollars. You only need to look at how the Canadian dollar has been hammered over these developments to realise that the Aussie could weaken further. Any changes or policy implementations are likely to see the Australian dollar weaken and a move to 1.80 credible.

Selling Australian dollars

Those clients looking to sell Australian dollars for pounds are currently seeing some weaker levels with rates closer to 1.80 rather than 1.70 for the GBP AUD pair. Any opportunities for selling dollars are likely to stem from developments in the Brexit negotiations which remains the single biggest driver for sterling exchange rates. The hot potato of the moment is whether or not financial services will be included in any future trade deal between Britain and the EU. So far and the response from the EU has been frosty with the French finance Minister Bruno Le Maire stating that there is little chance of a trade deal being included in the deal.

Whilst this uncertainty continues should mean some good opportunities for clients looking to sell Australian dollars. Any developments could see the pound weaken although I would be mindful that as talks move forward in the coming weeks the pound could start to rally if compromises between both sides are made. The pound remains weak against the majority of currencies as a result of Brexit and so clients may wish to consider moving sooner rather than later to take advantage of what are still attractive levels. My view is that it is only a matter of time before the pound rallies and potentially quite considerably. For assistance in trying to time your exchange the please get in contact.

For more information on the Australian dollar and how the markets movements are likely to impact on your own currency requirement then please feel free to email me at jll@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar Weakens after US Fed Intervention (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar has come under renewed pressure following new developments in the US following a speech from US Fed Chair Jerome Powell. He feels the US economy has strengthen since the last December rate increase and has indicated that interest rates may need to rise faster than initially first thought. This is relevant to the Australian dollar as the currency is heavily impacted by changes in US monetary policy. In this instance the prospect of higher interest rates in the US are likely to mean funds leaving Australia and back to the US where interest rates will be higher which is negative for the Aussie.
From here on any changes in stance from the Reserve Bank of Australia are likely to see considerable volatility for the Australian dollar.

GBP AUD

Clients looking to buy or sell Australian dollars with pound need to keep a very close eye on all the Brexit developments this week. There have been a lot of political interventions across the spectrum over the last couple of days ahead of the eagerly awaited speech from UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The Irish border has become the political hot potato this week and a positive speech which is able to alleviate those concerns could see considerable strength for sterling exchange rates. There is a massive risk though that there could be major political uncertainty if political forces become able to force a general election or a second referendum.

UK data is light today with UK mortgage approvals although construction data from the Purchasing Managers Index released tomorrow could prove influential for GBP AUD. The construction sector is one of the first sectors to have troubles ahead of a downturn and the data could proved a good snapshot as to the health of the sector.

To discuss the Australian dollar and how it is likely to impact on your own currency requirement then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

GBP AUD Rates Before Brexit Ministers Meeting (James Lovick)

The Australian construction sector took a knock this week with a large drop in construction work done. The data which covers the last quarter of 2017 were particularly weak and highlights that there are some issues in the Australian economy. It is normally the construction and housing sectors which are the first to have problems ahead of an economic slowdown or recession. Australia actually has an incredible history in avoiding a technical recession lasting decades but a slowdown could be brewing down under which could weigh heavy on the Australian dollar.

Selling Australian dollars?

Those clients looking to sell Australian dollars for pounds are likely to see considerable market volatility over the next few days and over the course of this weekend. Brexit uncertainty continues to keep the pressure on the price of sterling but any developments at this particular time could see a sizeable market reaction.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting at her Chequers country retreat with her entire cabinet to try and form a final position on Brexit. Any details offered from the meeting are likely to see the pound react and it is understood that Theresa May will set out her Brexit plans in an about two weeks’ time before the formal trade talks take place in March. Anything positive in terms of clarity offered in my view should help strengthen the price of sterling against all of the major currencies including GBP AUD.

Clients looking to sell Australian dollars may wish to consider moving sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. The pound has remained very weak for a sustained period and any positive Brexit developments could be the trigger for considerable sterling strength. Please get in touch with me if you would like to discuss your own requirement and how we can assist with any transfers and the timing of an exchange.

Australian home sales are released on Tuesday and should give some more insight into the state of the housing market down under whilst Australian business confidence figure released on Wednesday should give some idea as to how optimistic business is on the future of the economy.

To discuss your own currency requirement and how these events are likely to influence the rate of exchange for your won transfer then please feel free to get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar Holds Steady after Unemployment Data (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar is still seeing an uncertain period with so many factors globally influencing the exchange rate. Overnight has seen unemployment data released which has held firm at 5.5% as expected. The Reserve bank of Australia are paying close attention to the labour market at the moment and are keeping a very close eye on the amount of wage growth down under, something all the central banks are monitoring closely. When wage growth begins to rise it will be a reason for the RBA to raise interest rates although for the moment the figures are still sufficiently weak to make the case for no changes to interest rates.

The RBA minutes from the last meeting will be released next week and will reveal what the central banks thinking from the last meeting. Any suggestion that the RBA will look to raise rates this year and follow in the US Fed’s footsteps could see the Aussie gain although it is my understanding that they are more likely to monitor the situation in light of all the recent volatility in the financial markets. Those clients looking to sell Australian dollars hoping for a move back to 1.70 might have a good while longer to wait.

Clients looking to buy Australian dollars are seeing a good opportunity to buy although the recent rally in the price of sterling has slowed down in the last week with rates coming off the recent highs. The pound is likely to see a lot of volatility in the coming weeks coming from the political arena. There are a series of speeches to be made by British politicians within the British government which should offer more clues as to where Brexit will end up.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will be in Germany tomorrow and she is likely to make a statement either on Friday or Saturday. If we go back to the Lancaster House speech back in 2017 the pound rallied by almost 2% following the speech and so it should not be underestimated how much the sterling markets could move if more detail over Brexit is offered.

To discuss your requirement and how these events are likely to impact on your own requirement then please get in touch with me at jll@currencies.co.uk