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Will the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate recover back to pre-Brexit levels anytime soon? (Joseph Wright)

There has been a 1 and a half cent difference between the high and low for GBP/AUD today, as the pair appear to be continuing to decide which direction to move in next.

Sterling has performed in a mixed fashion against the majority of major currency pairs today and I think the economic data released this morning is perhaps one of the reasons for this.

This morning the office for national statistics (ONS) reported that annualised UK Inflation figures for January showed 3%, justifying the Bank of England’s concerns regarding the rising rates of inflation. This was above the expectation of 2.9% and and considerably above the BoE’s 2% inflationary target figure.

The potential for another rate hike from the BoE is now more realistic, and with wage growth now beginning to show signs of an improvement I think there is a chance of it happening this year which is why the pound has been climbing.

GBP/AUD is currently just under 1.80, and if the pair breach this key level I can imagine seeing the rate break through into the 1.80’s even if it’s proving a stubborn barrier up until this point. A move towards 2.00 would be back to pre-Brexit levels, and should AUD continue to weaken I think seeing GBP/AUD closer to this mark sometime throughout 2018 isn’t something to be ruled 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.

Inflation to influence GBPAUD exchange rates

Tomorrow morning the UK will release their latest inflation numbers and a slight fall is to be expected. Normally a slight fall would lead to a weakening pound however I expect a fall in inflation could strengthen the pounds position against the Australian dollar. My reasoning is that the Bank of England last week announced they expect inflation to fall and wage growth to rise, which will lead to an interest rate hike. The release is at 9.30am for further information in regards to the inflation release feel free to email me on drl@currencies.co.uk.

Later in the week (Wednesday) Boris Johnson is set to address the public in regards to Brexit. The aim of the speech is to unite remain and leave voters. Past history leads me to think that Mr Johnson may go off topic, especially if he is asked about Michel Barnier’s comments last week. For clients buying Australian dollars with pounds, I would be tempted to take advantage after the inflation numbers and not wait for Mr Johnson’s speech.

Economic data releases are thin for Australia until Thursday at 1.30am in the morning. Unemployment and employment change numbers are to be released. Unemployment numbers are set to fall to 5.3%, which is fantastic for the Australian economy. Employment change numbers are set to show a slight decline however I expect the Unemployment numbers to outweigh the employment change numbers, therefore I expect a positive morning for the Australian dollar.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the future, I would strongly recommend getting in contact to discuss your situation. The company I work offers a proactive service to offering economic information whilst having the ability to offer award winning exchange rates. Feel free to email me with your requirements along with the timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

GBP/AUD remains at 1.77 after RBA opts to hold interest rates (Joseph Wright)

The Reserve Bank of Australia last night chose to keep interest rates unchanged, which was the expected outcome from economists leaving the currency markets unchanged at 1.5%.

This was the first chance the RBA had to make a change this year, and the base rate has remained at 1.5% for around a year and a half now. Many central banks have opted to hike interest rates in recent months, and should this continue it will result in the Australian interest rates being uncompetitive and therefore AUD weakness in my opinion.

Last year AUD benefited from offering one of the highest interest rates in the developed world. Investors are keen to hold funds in a high yielding currency but should AUD lose its competitive edge, it’s likely that money will be taken out of the Aussie Dollar and we’ll see it fall.

Politics also have the potential to move the GBP/AUD pair, especially at the moment as the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in London to discuss the UK’s plans and proposals for Brexit this week.

Those following the Pounds value should be aware of this and the potential it has to impact GBP exchange rates should any key comments be made, and do feel free to register your interest with me if you wish to be updated in the event of a major rate spike.

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.

What can we expect next for GBPAUD exchange rates?

The pound has risen to some of the best levels against the Australian dollar since December. These levels are not far from the post Referendum high of 1.7950. If you have a transfer to consider buying or selling the pound against the Australian dollar, then making good plans in advance is wise. This currency pair could easily be over 1.80 in the next few weeks or back towards 1.70.

The pound is really driving the recent improvement as expectations over Brexit solidify, the expectation is now that the UK will be able to get some form of softer Brexit. This week at Davos we have had Angela Merkel and also Philip Hammond talking very positively about the future of Brexit, this has helped the pound to rise.

The Australian dollar could come under much interest in the coming weeks as we have the latest Australian interest rate decision. Tuesday morning 6th February sees the first Australian interest rate decision for the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) this year. Expectations are for the RBA to discuss their interest rate plans and some do expect a hike this year.

With the pound bound to come under pressure soon enough from a shift in tone as the reality of Brexit bites back, any clients looking to buy Australian dollars should be tracking these developments very closely. Economic data can cause exchange rates to change suddenly and sometimes by up to 1 or 2 cents. Being able to plan and manage your transfer around such improvements is key to getting the most for your money.

For more information on the latest trends and assistance securing and tracking the very best rates of exchange, please contact myself Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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

GBPAUD breaks through 1.75 (Dayle Littlejohn)

Over the last three months GBPAUD exchange rates have fluctuated 8 1/2 cents which has given clients that are buying or selling Australian dollars opportunity. At present GBPAUD has broken through 1.75 and I expect the pound could continue to make further inroads against the Australian dollar.

This week Iron ore prices have showed a slight decline and today Iron Ore is 0.8% down. The Australian economy relies heavily on Iron Ore and Australian dollar exchange rates have a direct correlation. Many forecasters are split to whether Iron ore  over time will rise or fall. Ultimately it all comes down to how much China buy throughout the year. For many years forecasters have suggested a slowdown for China is on the cards but they continue to produce the economic numbers.

Tomorrow morning the UK release key economic data releases in the form of average earning and unemployment rate. Unemployment remains at record lows which is fantastic for UK exchange rates, even though 0 hour contracts are included within these figures. However the average earnings numbers are the concern for the UK. Inflation is outpacing average earning and the UK public are feeling it. If this trend continues further pressure will put on the Bank of England and a change in monetary policy could occur.

Longer term Brexit negotiations will drive the price of GBPAUD. I personally believe that the UK will come to an agreement with the EU therefore a sustained period of 1.80 towards the end the year could be on the cards.

If you need to buy or sell Australian dollars and would like to save as much money as possible, feel free to email me with your requirements and I will respond with the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk. As a company we pride ourselves in the ability to get you a better exchange rate than your current currency provider or your bank. In addition we can outline your options and the potential future events, which will impact your exchange rate. This will help you to make informed and educated decisions.

 

 

Will the Australian dollar weaken further?

The Australian dollar has been gently weakening since August when the market learnt that the RBA (Reserve Bank Australia) might not be looking to raise interest rates as quickly as many had assumed. With some concerns in the Australian economy, many had questioned whether or not the RBA would be able to do this and the currency weakened.

2018 could easily see similar concerns raised and the currency struggling, I would be most concerned about the property market in Sydney where house prices have risen dramatically and caused many to be priced out of the market. House prices have risen for a long time but the latest data for Sydney showed a small decline which has seen the Australian dollar weaker.

If house prices are falling under their own accord then there is less need to raise interest rates in the future, most clients looking to buy or sell Australian dollars will be subject to this development. The Brexit will of course also be a big factor in this situation, if you have a currency transaction to undertake I would suggest making plans in advance to reduce the uncertainty connected to this situation.

2018 has plenty of events which could trigger unexpected volatility on the currency markets, there are a series of data releases coming soon which could greatly influence the rates. Often currency movements will be short and sharp, you might not even realise you have missed out on an opportunity.

We are here to help with the planning and timing of any currency exchange you will need. As well as offer a proactive service to help you make the most of movements on the currency markets we can undercut the kinds of rates offered by other sources. I have had plenty of clients contact me who are currently using Transferwise or OFX and been able to show them a saving.

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Retail Sales data strengthens the Australian Dollar (Daniel Johnson)

Will Retail Sales data continue to be positive?

We recently witnessed a sharp fall in retail sales down under. It was the sharpest fall in four years and alarm bells were ringing. There was a serious problem with housing affordability and wage growth. The housing bubble in Australia is common knowledge with foreign investors willing to pay the inflated house prices. The natives are struggling and are being forced to spend their money on necessities rather than luxury products.

Last month bucked the trend however. We saw a huge rise above the expectations of 0.4% to 1.2% in retail sales. The question is will this growth continue?

I would say the answer to this is sadly no. Having looked into the situation in more detail it looks as though consumers’ obsession with Apple could be the cause along with a spending frenzy on Black Friday. The launch of the iPhone X was the phone that everyone wanted.

If I was an Australian Dollar seller I would be looking to take advantage of current levels. I am of the opinion the data release was an anomaly and I think we will see a sharp fall next month. Take into account that GBP/AUD hit 1.79 recently, so current levels are very favorable.

There is unemployment figures next Thursday and it will be interesting to see if the monster run of form can continue. The last figures were the most impressive since February 2013. I would not however hang on for this release if I was selling the Aussie, a lot can happen in a week.

If you have a currency requirement I would be happy to assist. You need to have an experienced broker on board in order to take advantage of rates when a brief spike occurs, especially in the current climate. If you have a currency provider already in place I am prepared to perform a comparison against them. It will take minutes and could potentially save you hundreds or even thousands of pounds. I can be contacted at  dcj@currencies.co.uk.

Will GBP/AUD break out of its current trading range? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate has remained in the early 1.70’s for a few weeks now, with Sterling sellers basing the best trades off of mid-market levels of 1.73.

Since spiking up to just under 1.80 the GBP/AUD pair has corrected and I think that trade levels just over 1.70 are a fairer value for the pair, so it will be interesting to see whether any data or news will have the capacity to push the pair out of the current range.

Sterling has been boosted in recent days as UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has reshuffled her cabinet in order to create one that better reflects the society that she serves. There haven’t been any major shocks and the main members such as Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson and David Davies have kept their high profile positions.

The next step for Brexit negotiations will be trade talks, of course an important stage which may have a big impact on the Pounds value so it will certainly be worth following the talks. The transitional deal and how the UK is expected to perform during and after this period is likely to impact Sterling exchange rates.

The UK economy overperformed last year when we consider the forecasts from the majority of financial institutions, and I think if the UK puts in another strong performance we can expect to see the Pound push over 1.80 at some stage during the year.

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.

Aussie Dollar bull run pauses as data disappoints, but will AUD/GBP continue to climb in the long run? (Joseph Wright)

The strong upward trend for the Aussie Dollar paused today as financial markets were disappointed with data released down under.

The Pound to Aussie Dollar rate climbed back up to 1.73 today after losing value in recent weeks as the Aussie has been strengthening, but the GBP/AUD rate still has a long was to go to recover back to the high 1.70’s it was trading at just a short while ago.

AUD fell in value today though after Australia’s trade balance figures fell short of forecasts and into a deficit, meaning that the Aussie economy isn’t quite as strong as many had expected.

Recently the Aussie Dollar had been strengthening off the back of substantial gains in the value of iron ore, which is a key export of Australia’s.

Moving forward I expect the par to continue to be driven by both the performance of Australia’s economy coupled with Brexit related updates. Sentiment surrounding how smoothly the Brexit will take place and how the UK economy will fair during and after the Brexit have continued to have perhaps more of an impact on the Pound’s value than the performance of the UK economy, especially when we consider that the UK economy outperformed almost every economists predictions yet GBP is still fairly weak.

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.

Aussie Dollar continues to strengthen as commodities soar, will this trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate can at times be heavily linked with what’s happening outside of the UK and Australia, as strange as that seems.

Recently we have seen quite a dramatic move in favour of the AUD, which has coincided with the weakening of the US Dollar. Investors are becoming more apprehensive regarding holding funds in the US Dollar, as both political issues surrounding North Korea and weak inflation have damaged sentiment towards the US Dollar.

The US Fed plans to hike interest rates three times this year, but if this doesn’t actually happen which is a possibly as current Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to be replaced in February, I would expect to see the US Dollar weaken which is what we’re already seeing as fears over US inflation levels dropping are dampening hopes of the rates hikes.

Also, at times of US Dollar weakness the financial markets generally gain a greater level of risk appetite. With the Aussie Dollar being a commodity based currency and currently offering one of the highest returns in the developed world it’s not unusual to see AUD boosted.

If you wish to be notified if there is a major move for the GBP/AUD pair, do feel free to get in touch with us as working on a dealing floor allows us to react immediately in order to help our clients.

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.