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US/China Trade Wars hurt the Australian Dollar (Daniel Johnson)

Australian Dollar hit by Trade Wars

In times of global economic uncertainty, commodity-based currencies such as the Australian Dollar usually struggle as investors seek safe haven investments for their money. Due to this the Australian Dollar has come under pressure lately due to the trade war between the US and China.

Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s exports and as such any fall in Chinese growth has a knock on effect on the Aussie.  There has been steep fall  in Chinese trade activity for last month caused by the ongoing trade impasse with the United States.

Could there be further rate cuts from the RBA?

Another factor in the value of AUD has been the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) decision to cut interest rates to a record low of 1.25% earlier this year. This was an attempt to boost inflation towards the RBA’s target level of 2-3%. Based on comments from RBA members earlier this year there are predictions in the press that we could  see  more rate cuts later this year. This has the probability to weaken the Australian Dollar.

Those with an Australian Dollar requirement should keep an eye out for Australian employment data due out in the early hours of Thursday. Unemployment has risen in Australia of late, which was a contributing factor in the RBA’s recent rate cut, and if this is reflected yet again in May’s figures then the Aussie could lose value.

Comments from any RBA members following this data release could give an insight to monetary policy moving forward could therefore have an impact on the Australian Dollar.

Australia’s problems do not have the same weight as those of the UK’s, with no Prime Minister and Brexit in limbo, the Pound could be set for further losses, with the majority of candidates up for Tory leader ready to bring a ‘no deal’ back to the table. I expect Sterling to remain fragile for the foreseeable future.

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Australian dollar forecast; Will the RBA cut rates again?

The Reserve Bank of Australia cut their base interest rate recently which has seen the Australian dollar weaker in recent weeks. Interestingly, the currency itself did not weaken massively on the news of the cut to historical lows last week, partly because the market was expecting it. It appears to me that the future, we might well in find the RBA forced to cut rates again.

My overall belief is that the factors which contributed to a weaker Aussie dollar in 2019 will by and large remain. A key factor in all of this is of course the trade wars with Donald Trump putting pressure on the global economy, in particular the Chinese economy which is a major customer for Australian exports.

The resulting slowdown globally is only going to continue in my opinion, this will surely keep pressure on the RBA and perhaps force their hand again down the line. It is probably worth pointing out that the Australian economy has been through one of the longest periods of economic growth in history in the Western world. Economic history suggests that at some point that growth will struggle with tougher economic times and the current trajectory and stagnation seems tricky to just shake off with just one interest rate cut.

There is important economic news for Australia this week with the release of the latest news from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, releasing more detailed information on Australian Unemployment data. This has been a key component of decisions on interest rates, as the RBA grapples with falling Unemployment and also falling Inflation.

The future looks far from straightforward for the Australian dollar, clients with a position to buy or sell Australian dollars might benefit from a quick review with our team, to get the latest news and information on their options and the best strategy to maximise any transfers.

Australian dollar forecast : Will the Australian dollar rise or fall in May?

My view is that the Australian dollar could be on the back foot now as investors become more concerned about the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) cutting interest rates. The RBA will meet next Tuesday and there are some who think there is an increased chance of an interest rate cut, owing to some lower inflation numbers released in April. We also have the Australian election due on the 18th, the Australian dollar could therefore be in for a busy month.

The RBA has been in a holding pattern on interest rates for quite some time despite various changes in sentiment since 2016 when the RBA last cut rates. There has been continued speculation the RBA would need to cut again following increased concerns over the economic outlook in Australia, following the trade wars between the US and China.

With the trade wars concerns gently fading under the impression the two sides will strike an agreement, there has been less pressure on the Aussie dollar in recent weeks but the backdrop of such issues looks like it will continue to weigh on sentiment. Even if the US and China do pass a new deal, it is clear that global trade has changed forever under Trump, and the Aussie dollar as a currency so closely linked to global trade, will continue to be influenced by this news.

For me, May is more about the domestic issues facing Australia with low inflation prompting analysts to believe a cut is the way forward for the RBA. Whilst I am not overly confident the RBA will cut, I expect they will comment that they may well do in June, which I believe will weaken the Australian dollar.

The election on the 18th May is also a reason for concern in May, with the Labour party looking to perform well which could well have a negative outcome for the Australian dollar, since they have numerous plans to spend more. The election is likely to be a very topical even over the next 2 weeks and may well sway the Aussie dollar, increased volatility should be expected.

May looks set to be a very busy time for the Australian dollar so if you have any transactions that you are considering, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss the latest news and forecasts, which will influence the value of your transfer. I work as a currency broker and can offer guidance as to some of the best strategies to consider when making an Australian dollar currency transfer.

Thank you for reading and please contact me directly to learn more on jmw@currencies.co.uk

Jonathan Watson

Aussie Dollar weakens as rate cuts look likely, how could this impact the Aussie Dollar?

The Australian dollar has had a bad week after hitting the lowest levels of the month against the Pound, and also the lowest levels in 2-months against the US Dollar.

Those of our readers planning on making Pound to Australian Dollar exchanges should be aware that the current levels are within 4-cents from the annual highs, which are also the highest levels seen since June of 2016 making this years annual high the highest levels seen in 34 months.

We’ve witnessed a sell-off in the AUD’s value this week after some disappointing inflation data was released on Wednesday, demonstrating that inflation levels down under are running at a 16 year low. Many economists now believe that there will be at least one interest rate cut this year and that there will be one in June in order to try and stem the weak inflation levels. Up until this point the Reserve Bank of Australia has been loath to hike rates so as to not impact the already overheating property market, especially on the East coast but this week’s data may have been the nail in the coffin.

Moving forward I’m expecting to see AUD continue to soften proving cuts take place, as should they occur the base rate of interest will be at another record low.

If you are planning to make a currency exchange involving the Pound and another foreign currency, it’s well worth your time getting in contact with me on jxw@currencies.co.uk in order to ensure you make a well informed decision on when to make that particular transfer, as well as benefiting from highly competitive exchange rates from one of the UK’s leading foreign currency brokerages. Just provide me with a basic outline of your currency requirement and I will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Could the Australian dollar weaken further?

The Australian dollar has been weaker in the latest few weeks as investors fears over the Trade Wars remain, plus the expectations on the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia, increase to potentially cut the interest rate in the future. There has been a growing expectation that perhaps the Australian central bank has been under estimating the extent to which they would need to cut interest rates in the future, based on the ever-changing global developments. If you are looking to buy or sell Australian dollars in the coming days and weeks an awareness of all of these options and outcomes is sensible.

The market is looking like it could be in for a rollercoaster ahead for the Australian dollar as a series of events develop overseas and at home to trigger volatility. One of the key aspects of the Trade Wars is that in disrupting global trade, they are putting pressure on the global economy which will ultimately lead to a weaker Australian currency. Australia’s economy is heavily reliant on the global economy performing well which will support strong demand for the export of their raw materials.

Overall, there is a belief that the Australian dollar is destined to lose value over the longer term, this is evidenced by its recent weakness which will only continue should the market continue to be faced with the evidence of a slowing global economy.

There is important economic news ahead for the Australian dollar with key information released this week on Consumer Inflation Expectations and National Australia Bank Business confidence figures. This will all be seen in the light of the ongoing developments with the US and China trade wars which had been more positive, but just lately have seen uncertainties creep back.

If you have an important currency transfer to make, being prepared is key in this market where events can quickly and suddenly change and unfold. If you would like to run through or discuss the market or our services, then please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss further.

Thank you for reading and please contact me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Australian dollar at the mercy of global news!

The China – US Trade Wars have been a major factor driving the currency markets in the last 6-9 months, impacting the Australian dollar and the economy. Australian economic data has been mixed but with Chinese data reflecting a slowdown, particularly in Manufacturing, the Australian dollar has been softer.

Looking ahead there is lots of important news in the currency markets this week to move the Australian dollar, this includes information at home and abroad. Domestically we have the latest Australian CPI, Consumer Price Inflation, data to move the market. The Australian economy has been mixed and investors are still debating the prospect of interest rate hikes in the future.

Tomorrow is also important with the latest US Federal Reserve interest rate decision, which could be a market mover on the US dollar and thereby impact the Australian dollar. USDAUD is the most heavily traded pairing for the Aussie and any large movement on the USD can ‘weigh’ the Australian dollar down against other currencies.

Later this week we have the latest US-China trade war talks which could be a market mover in the future, clients with any AUD transfers should be keeping a very close eye on the latest news. The meeting this week might yield too much news since there is still a 1st March deadline for the talks to be finalised.

Finally, Friday is the latest US Non-Farm payroll data which might well trigger volatility on the Australian dollar, by altering global attitudes to risk and viewpoints on global trade. Clients looking to buy or sell the AUD should be very conscious of these developments which should see a very busy end to the week for the Australian dollar.

If you have a position buying or selling and wish to get a fresh update o the market and all the important issues driving your levels, please do get in touch to discuss the latest news with me Jonathan Watson.

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

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk

Brexit continues to be the main influence on GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Could Brexit January 15th vote simply lead to another?

GBP/AUD rates continue to be largely dictated by Brexit. Theresa May has now confirmed 15th January as the date that parliament will vote on her current deal. The vote was originally delayed due to May’s lack of confidence in the deal going through. European Commission President, Jean-Claude Junker has said there will be no changes to the current deal and he is only willing to clarify the current terms. Could it be the case that Junker will make concessions? Or could the threat of a no deal Brexit force a vote through?

May has suggested if the deal does not go through at her first attempt then there will be a second vote, this could point to out that she feels Brussels will change it’s stance. There is still a huge lack of clarity surrounding Brexit which is not sitting well with investors. The majority of scenarios are Pound negative, but if May were to be ousted or resign we could see a second referendum back on the table.

If May’s deal does not go through we  could see a leadership challenge from Corbyn or indeed we could see her resign if it looks like the deal will have no chance of going through, although  I don’t take her for a quitter. I am not a particular fan of May, but you cannot help but admire her perseverance.

If you look historically if a country loses it’s leader the currency in question would weaken, however in this situation it will be interesting to see how the market reacts. We could see an initial fall due to political uncertainty, but if it appears a second referendum comes to the forefront it is widely predicted that the vote would come in in favour of remaining in the EU according to polls. This could boost investor confidence and in turn the pound.

Would I be hanging on for this if I was selling Sterling?

The answer is no. The majority of Brexit outcomes  result in Sterling weakness, if you have to move short to medium term I would be looking to take advantage of current levels or at least a tranche for safety. The ongoing trade war between the US and China is a concern for the Aussie and if it were not for Brexit I think Sterling would be experiencing gains against AUD, unfortunately the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit is outweighing the trade war.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker when the market is currently so hard to predict. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. Have faith knowing you will be dealing with a brokerage in business for over 16yrs, Foreign Currency Direct Plc. We are a no risk entity as we do not speculate on the market and we are registered with the FCA. If you have a currency provider take a minute to send over the rates they offer and I am confident I can demonstrate a significant saving. I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk . (Daniel Johnson) Thank you for reading.

 

 

GBP/AUD continues to trade towards the lower end of its recent ranges, where to next for the pair and what’s influencing it?

The Pound to Australian Dollar rate continues to trade in the mid 1.70’s just over 1.75, which is around the bottom of its current trend when you look at both a 3-month and a 6-month chart. There has been a steep decline in the Pound’s value from around the middle of October and much of this market movement can be attributed to Sterling weakness as the Brexit uncertainties ramp up with the Brexit date just around the corner now.

Yesterday it was announced that the ‘meaningful’ vote on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal will take place. It has previously been outlined for last Tuesday but she postponed it the day before owing to fears that she would receive very little support for it. May has since won a vote of no-confidence although there were around of a 3rd of her Conservative Party MP’s that voted against her leadership which shows the discontent with her deal.

The Pound has also lost value against most other major currency pairs recently as time to agree on a deal is running out. There appears to be little scope for amendments to the deal which may be the Prime Ministers downfall as the Northern Irish backstop arrangement is the main sticking point for the deal and the reason for the DUP Party not supporting the deal which has added pressure to May and also the Pound’s value.

Although economic data is not the main driver of GBP’s value at the moment, it’s worth being aware that this Thursday there will be a Bank of England Interest Rate decision and although no changes are expected, any comments to future monetary policy plans could influence the Pound’s value.

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.

Australian Dollar Forecast : Will the Australian dollar weaken in 2019?

2019 is looking like it could be a very testing year for the Australian dollar, with a number of possible outcomes on the currency. By and large, it is likely it will be overseas events which act as the bigget driver on the currency with the Trade wars between the US and the China looking a key factor to drive the currency. With 30% of Australian exports going to China, the economic outlook on China and global trade in general, is vital to determining how the Australian dollar will behave.

Throughout 2018 the market has been see-sawing on the prospect of the trade disputes deteriorating or improving. The overall expectation in 2019 is the trade tensions will only deepen as both the US and China dig their heels in, seeking to save face and ultimately harming their economies in the process. Donald Trump is looking like he will only continue to put pressure on China and the Chinese are unlikely to back down.

The recent extension of the 10% tariffs further into 2019 was seen as welcome, although the looming prospect of 25% tariffs on $200 bn worth of goods should be cause for concern. The market is eagerly awaiting the next steps and future direction of the trade disputes. Even with these short term ‘lulls’ in sentiment, the overall negative effects from this issue should be a thorn in the side of the Australian dollar in 2019.

The RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia, have been very aware of the trade concerns and this may well weigh on their decision making process in the coming year. The likelihood is that the RBA will not raise interest rates next year, as they have to allow the Australian economy the space it needs to continue growing, amidst the uncertainty of a slower Chinese economy.

There is even speculation the RBA might need to consider an interest rate cut, should the Australian economy really struggle. Clients holding Australian dollars to sell, might wish to take stock of the favourable levels on offer compared to how weak the currency might get next year.

Thank you for reading and please speak to me Jonathan Watson to learn more regarding the currency and the best strategy to maximise value.

jmw@currencies.co.uk

 

Brexit chaos continues as Conservative MP’s trigger a vote of no confidence in PM May, will this put pressure on GBP/AUD?

This morning it’s been announced that a vote of no-confidence has been triggered by the Conservative Party after Sir Graham Brady, the Chairman of the 1922 Committee confirmed that he has received at least 48 letters of no-confidence from Conservative MP’s.

The Chairman of the 1922 Committee isn’t required to announce how many letters he’s received but we do know that it’s at least 48 as this number constitutes 15% of the Tory members. Since the news broke the Pound has actually remained unchanged and this is probably because the vote will take place this evening between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm so until shortly afterwards we won’t know the outcome and therefore, the next steps for Brexit.

Since the announcement which was around 7.45 am this morning, there have been a number of Conservative MP’s that have outlined their plans to support May, with the general consensus that a change in leadership this far into the Brexit process would be chaotic. If there are a number of votes against against her though, there is a chance she may resign even if she’s not obliged to owing to the lack of support from her own political party.

May has already given a speech outside Downing Street this morning whereby she’s highlighted that if she’s replaced a new leader would have to delay Brexit, as they wouldn’t have enough time to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement.

With regards to the Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate I would expect to see the next potential market movement to come after the vote this evening, with the result expected to be released shortly after the vote.

AUD exchange rates have been influenced over the past week and a half by the concerns that the US-China trade war tensions could resurface, as China is Australia’s main trading partner. Those of our readers planning a GBP/AUD trade should follow this matter as it’s the main driver of AUD value at the moment.

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.