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GBP to AUD Rates after RBA Statement (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has fallen lower this morning with rates sitting just below 1.86 for the GBP vs AUD pair. Australia are preparing for a general election to be held 18th May to elect the next Prime Minister. Australia has seen an interesting time in its recent political history with no single leader serving a full term since 2007. In fact this will be the seventh leadership challenge in 12 years although this time round under new rules the Prime Minister will serve a full term which could bode well for the Australian dollar if some political certainty is established.

Such certainty could come at the right time for the Australian economy which is struggling to perform at the moment with calls by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) that it may be cutting interest rates again. The RBA released its Monetary Policy Statement after last Tuesday’s interest rate decision which saw the decision to hold rates at 1.5%. The statement has highlighted that it would consider cutting interest rates if unemployment remained high whilst also citing the weak housing market again as reason to downgrade the growth forecasts. It follows a decision by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand this week to cut interest rates to record lows and whilst the two countries are independent the move may persuade the RBA to follow suit.

For GBP to AUD exchange rates the pound is still largely being driven by Brexit which remains deadlocked in the British parliament. Cross party talks between the Labour and Conservative parties have hit a roadblock with leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn stating that it is difficult negotiating with a “disintegrating government”. The next focus is the European elections being held 23rd May and could see considerable market movement for GBP AUD.

The polls have put Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in the lead and if the reports are correct that there is a major shift away from the two main political parties then this could have a major impact on sterling exchange rates. A huge win for Nigel Farage could see sterling weakness with a sudden drop for GBP AUD. Those with pending GBP to AUD requirement would be wise to plan around this major event.

For more information on the Australian dollar and assistance in making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Australian Dollar Before Political News in UK (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has fallen lower with rates now sitting above 1.85 for the GBP to AUD pair. Last night the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) cut interest rates to 1.5% to the same level as Australia’s. This is relevant for the Australian dollar as both currencies are known as commodity currencies which means there are some similarities when it comes to setting monetary policy by their respective central banks. The fact that New Zealand has made the move to cut interest rates at this time could help persuade the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to do the same.

It is widely known that the RBA is contemplating a rate cut and this move from the RBNZ could result in an interest rate cut down under in the very near future. The RBA held interest rates last week so eyes now look to the next meeting which could result in a big shift for GBP AUD exchange rates. If there is an interest rate cut then there is likely to be Australian dollar weakness which could result in some better opportunities for buying Australian dollars with pounds.

Meanwhile in Britain there are some important political developments which will likely be announced today. Firstly the cross party talks between the Labour and Conservative parties are expected to come to an end. Any way forward with a compromise on the proposed customs union could help lift GBP vs AUD rates although with such opposition from the Conservative Party for a customs union, it seems difficult to find an appropriate outcome.

The pressure is also building on UK Prime Minister Theresa May who today will be expected to announce a time line for her departure as Prime Minister. Graham Brady who chairs the Conservative 1922 committee has reportedly given the Prime Minister until 4pm this afternoon for a statement. Expect considerable market reaction on any major news or suggestion that she may be leaving sooner than initially expected.

For more information on the Australian dollar and for assistance in making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

GBP to AUD Strength – Brexit Imminent (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has rallied higher with rates for the GBP vs AUD pair sitting above 1.86. Brexit continues to dictate the direction of travel for GBP AUD and the more optimistic mood on reaching a deal is helping to support the pound. The markets have begun pricing in the prospect of a deal being reached by 29th March and failing that there is a chance that an extension of Article 50 may be required. Either outcome gives more certainty in the markets as to what the economic picture looks like for the next 18 months.

What is important to highlight is that the chances of a no deal Brexit are looking less likely which is seen as positive for sterling exchange rates. Meetings between Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and their EU counterparts resume today seeking to find legally binding changes to the contentious Irish backstop. Any breakthroughs this week could help lift the pound higher although to date there haven’t been any offerings from the EU to suggest a compromise is in the offing.

The hugely important meaningful vote is to be held before 14th March and the outcome should present considerable volatility for GBP to AUD. If the government is unable to push the vote through then the pound faces another uncertain two consecutive days as more votes will be held in parliament. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will be speaking later today and any negative comments which he is known for especially when it comes to Brexit could see the pound come under pressure.

The Australian dollar could be set for a big boost in the weeks ahead depending on how the ongoing trade talks between the US and China unfold. Reports have emerged that the two sides are close to making a deal which should be seen as positive for the commodity currencies including the Australian dollar. A future US trade deal which will remove all of the already imposed tariffs and barriers to trade should be seen as welcome news for the global economy. In turn this bodes well for the Australian dollar due to the large volume of exports of its commodities. When the global economy performs in theory so should the Australian dollar.

For more information on the Australian dollar and how these events have a direct impact on your own currency transfer then please feel free to contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk and I will be happy to assist.

GBP to AUD Rates before Key House of Commons Vote on Tuesday (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has risen over the last week with rates for the GBP to AUD pair sitting above 1.83. The pound has benefited considerably from the markets beginning to feel more optimistic that a deal between Britain and the EU will be reached whilst the prospect of a no deal has been diminishing, for the time being.

With the Australian markets closed today for Australia day, tomorrow will be crucial in determining where rates for GBP vs AUD head next. Key parliamentary votes will be held in the House of Commons at 7pm tomorrow and it will be for the Speaker John Bercow to select which of the amendments the House will vote on. There are two amendments in particular and whether they are selected could help shape the direction for travel for GBP to AUD with currency volatility to be expected.

The Nicholas Boles / Yvette Copper amendment seeks to delay Article 50 in the event that a deal cannot be reached. It effectively removes no deal from the table as we approach 29th March. The other amendment which appears to have the support of government is the Graham Brady amendment which seeks to remove the controversial Irish backstop and replace it with alternative methods should an agreement on future trade not be reached.

These amendments are hugely important as they will help determine the path of Brexit and where it ultimately ends up which is of huge interest in the currency markets. Those looking to buy or sell Australian dollars will likely see a big market reaction on the outcome of tomorrows vote and could be presented with a good opportunity.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will be making a speech later today which could create some volatility for the pound ahead of such an important day tomorrow. Tomorrow sees business conditions data down under from National Australia Bank whilst Wednesdays’ Consumer Price Index inflation data could also help direct the Australian dollar.

For more information on the Australian dollar and for assistance in making transfers then please feel free to contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Australian Dollar Rates Move Higher Towards 1.80 (James Lovick)

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has moved higher towards 1.80 for the GBP AUD pair having found support after the historical vote in the House of Commons on Tuesday this week. UK Prime Minister Theresa May was able to win the vote of no confidence in the government which took place last night having been put forward by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The Brexit negotiations continue to be the main driver for GBP to AUD and the markets now await a statement from the British prime Minister on Monday having lost her vote by a staggering 230 votes.

The pound has found some support as it is becoming increasingly clear that there is not a majority in the house of Commons for a no deal Brexit, even though the default option in the event of a no deal is enshrined in law. The markets at least appear to be feel more relaxed that a no deal is not a likely outcome anymore and this is helping to support the price of sterling. Clients looking to buy or sell Australian dollars are likely to see a hugely volatile period in these coming weeks ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU 29th March 2019.

UK retail sales date are released tomorrow where a small drop is expected although the headline figure should nonetheless look healthy taking into account spending on the high street over the festive period. Next week sees important unemployment data which also includes the wage growth numbers, something the Bank of England monitors very closely to determine its monetary policy.

The Australian dollar meanwhile is also struggling as continuing concerns over global growth hamper AUD to GBP. With a serious trade war still yet unresolved between the US and China and evidence of a downturn in the global economy the Australian dollar could be set for some tough times ahead. There are talks of China looking to stimulate their economy through injections of cash and also tax cuts which could help see a boost of the Australian dollar although these measures may take some time to have any effect.

For more information on the Australian dollar and how to make the most of any opportunities when transferring funds then please feel free to contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Australian Dollar Rate Weakens ahead of Key Brexit Vote on Tuesday (James Lovick)

Pound to Australian dollar exchange rates have fallen lower after what was a good rally in the GBP AUD pair. Rates for GBP vs AUD are currently sitting below 1.78 for the pair.

Brexit continues to dictate the direction of travel for the pound and yesterday’s performance in the House of Commons only highlights the uncertainty that the pound faces. The meaningful vote in parliament which is being debated this week will take place on Tuesday 15th January and high volatility for the pound to Australian dollar is expected in the run up to and after this event.

The screws were turned on UK Prime Minster Theresa May yesterday after the government lost an important vote in the House of Commons. An amendment put forward by Dominic Grieve was controversially allowed to be voted on despite the speaker John Bercow receiving advice that it should not be allowed. There could now be some implications from this government defeat adding another layer of uncertainty in the Brexit debate.

The pound is taking losses against all of the major currencies this morning and the markets may now be beginning to price in the prospect of another general election in the UK or possibly an extension of Article 50 which could even include another referendum. There is also talk of cross party support to try and find a compromise on Brexit which could result in gains for the pound. It is the prospect of a no deal Brexit though which is still a strong possibility and is preventing the pound from jumping much higher against the Australian dollar.

Economic data down under is light as we end this week although UK Gross Domestic product numbers released tomorrow could result in some market reaction for the pound to Australian dollar rate of exchange. Chinese trade balance data released on Monday will be particularly important as the markets evaluate how much of a negative impact the trade wars are having on the Chinese economy. There are real concerns over the performance of the Chinese economy at the moment and this has a knock on effect on the Australian dollar. Those with pending requirements for buying or selling Australian dollars face a very volatile week ahead with the trade data and of course the vote in the British parliament which the government at the time of writing is expected to lose.

For assistance in making transfers at excellent commercial rates of exchange in either direction then please feel free to contact me James. My email address is jll@currencies.co.uk

GBP to AUD Rates Rally after Weaker Australian Unemployment Data (James Lovick)

Pound to Australian dollar exchange rates have rallied higher this week with rates for the GBP AUD pair breaking over 1.78 and creating a good short term window of opportunity for those looking to buy Australian dollars. Australian unemployment data released yesterday arrived weaker than expected with a small rise in the headline number.

Unemployment down under now sits at 5.1% which is slightly worse than the 5% that was expected, something that will be picked up on by the Reserve Bank of Australia. The central bank has hinted that interest rates may need to rise in 2019 although the economic data will very much dictate whether or not this happens. Any signs of a slowdown will almost certainly put the Reserve Bank of Australia on the defensive which could result in Australian dollar weakness.

GBP vs AUD on the whole is on a weaker footing as result of the ongoing Brexit uncertainty in the UK. However the deadline of 29th March 2019 is fast approaching and a parliamentary vote to be held 14th January 2019 will dictate the direction of travel for the pound. If Theresa May finds herself able to get this deal through parliament then the pound could see some major gains. The reality at the moment is that this is highly unlikely and an uncertain period could like ahead. With no concessions being offered by the EU the deal is likely to be voted down over concerns for the Irish backstop which currently is not time limited.

The other big factor for GBP vs AUD is what happens between the US and China with regards future trade. Tensions are fraught at the moment with allegations of corporate espionage in the technology sector. Although further tariffs on Chinese goods have been paused there is every chance that all of China’s goods could face US trade tariffs, something that will be of concern for the Australian dollar. Any slowdown in global growth could see problems for the Australian economy which may be adversely affected.

For more information on dollar exchange rates and assistance in making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please feel free to contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar to Pound Rates Strengthen on Hope of Positive G20 Summit (James Lovick)

Pound to Australian dollar exchange rates have fallen lower to below 1.75 for the GBP AUD pair as Brexit uncertainty remains the biggest threat to the pound ahead of the parliamentary meaningful vote around the 12th December. There are reported 100 Conservative MP’s who have signalled that they will vote against the Prime Minister which leaves an even more uncertain period ahead. If the Prime Minister is unable to push forward with her Brexit deal then there are a number of different outcomes. A second vote in the House of Commons is perhaps the most likely outcome although a change of Prime Minister, a second referendum, a no deal Brexit or a Norway style trade deal cannot be ruled out.

The EU have stated that this is the best deal the UK will receive so in the event that Theresa May is unable to secure a better deal then the prospect of no deal in my view is starting to look much more likely to happen. The Bank of England has made worst case scenario predictions that there could be a crash in the pound of up to 25% which is making the price of sterling extremely sensitive to political developments in the UK.

The Australian dollar could also see a substantial boost if there is a breakthrough or at least a statement of intent for the US and China to reduce tariffs on trade and come to a future trade agreement. The Australian dollar could be big beneficiary if progress is made at the G20 summit this weekend where a slot has been put aside for US China talks. We’re not there yet and US President Donald Trump has been threatening more tariffs this week so it remains to be seen how constructive these talks will be if talks don’t well and tariffs are imposed on all Chinese goods then the Aussie could weaken considerably lower as those concerns grown on the future of global growth.

For more information on the Australian dollar exchange rates and for assistance on making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please feel free to contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast – GBP AUD Crashes after Brexit Secretary Resigns (James Lovick)

Pound to Australian dollar exchange rates have crashed dramatically with rates falling by more than 2% to the lows of 1.75/1.76 after a brutal day in British politics. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has reached an agreement with the EU over the draft withdrawal agreement but support from her cabinet is not unanimous. So far and in a single day there were seven government resignations including Brexit Secretary Dominc Raab which sent the pound tumbling. GBP to AUD rates now face yet another volatile day as the markets prepare for more government resignations and a possible leadership challenge.

Brexit supporter and chair of the backbench European Research Group has called for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister and believes that enough letters to the 1922 Committee will be reached in the comings days to trigger a vote of no confidence. The Prime Minister must also put in place a new Brexit Secretary and it has been reported that Environment Secretary Michael Gove has turned down the offer. Where that leaves Michael Gove is less clear and many are expecting a resignation which would add more pressure on Theresa May and further weakness for the GBP to AUD pair. The outlook is so uncertain in British politics that there is room for further weakness for the pound against the Australian dollar in the short term.

The Australian dollar meanwhile has been boosted after strong employment data down under pointing to health consumer spending. A further 42,300 jobs were created in October which was significantly higher than the September reading. This will be welcome news for the Reserve Bank of Australia which has held concerns over weak wage growth and low inflation. The belief is that an improving labour market will feed through to higher wages which will allow the central bank to start raising interest rates. This is starting to look likely for 2019 with a good chance we may see the first rate hike in August next year.

There are likely to be major movements in these coming days. For assistance in making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

GBP AUD Exchange Rates Fall Below 1.80 (James Lovick)

The pound has fallen lower against the Australian dollar with rates for the GBP AUD pair falling below 1.80 once again. What happens in the US in these coming weeks and months is likely to have a big impact on the Australian dollar. With the US midterm elections out of the way it will be interesting to see how investors react to the news and if the results have an impact on whether he is able to implement his planned policies of increased expenditure in the US.

More importantly the future trade policy from the White house especially with China will be a major driver for GBP AUD rates. There have been noises that a meeting between China and the US could bear fruits for a future trade deal. Investors are concerned that an escalating trade war could have a negative impact on the Australian dollar as funds move to the safety of the US dollar. If an agreement can be reached though then this should benefit the Australian dollar going forward as confidence is restored in the commodity currency.

The Brexit negotiations have advanced in recent weeks which has helped boost the pound against the Australian dollar. Reports are filtering through in the media that we could be days away from a Brexit deal. Expect a few more weeks of heightened volatility though as any deal will have to be put before parliament which could make for a bumpy ride.

The Reserve Bank of Australia meet this evening and any clues as to when the central bank next raises interest rates is likely to see added volatility for the dollar. The US Federal Reserve are still set to hike interest rates again this year and a meeting is being held this evening. The markets are expecting a rate hike to come in December although anything is possible this evening. As the differential widens between US interest rates and rates down under there is likely to be more weakness for the Australian dollar.

For assistance in making transfers when either buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk