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Pound to Australian Dollar improves despite IMF downgrade, is this a sign that the Pound is oversold? (Joseph Wright)

I wrote last week about how some analysts as well as members of the Reserve Bank of Australia are becoming concerned that the Aussie Dollar is becoming overvalued and higher than it perhaps should be, and I believe we will continue to hear similar commentary in the upcoming months.

Earlier in the year the Pound to Aussie rate hit the mid 1.70’s whereas the pair are now trading closer to 1.50 than 1.60. Since the Brexit the lowest the pair have fallen to is to a mid-market level of 1.59 so i don’t think we can rule out another move to these low levels as we don’t require the GBP/AUD pair to do something they haven’t in recent history.

In the early hours of this morning the Pound started off on the back foot after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded both the UK and the US growth forecasts for the rest of this year.

Throughout the day though the Pound has climbed, not just against the Aussie but across the board as the Pound as gained against all major currency pairs today.

Despite this boost I think that we could see the Pound trade at lower levels, especially if the UK inflation rate continues to under-perform and the likelihood of a rate hike from the Bank of England continues to dwindle.

If you have a 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.

Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rates still testing lower levels (Joshua Privett)

Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rates have suffered recently, alongside the rest of the Pound’s pairings, and whilst currently sitting just above 1.64, has hit 1.62 just hours ago.

The underlying factors are there to justify the move. For one the Australian economy is enjoying an unrivalled period of sustained growth and the stability still seems there.

Just today it was reported that full-time jobs has surged to keep unemployment near four-year low, with 14,000 jobs added to the economy in June. The figures are actually stronger than they seem. Actually 62,000 full-time positions were added, whilst 48,000 temporary positions were lost (some of these becoming full-time positions and others being lost due to low tourist season).

What does this mean for rates moving forward?

With the fundamentals established for the AUD to at least maintain its value, the fortune for Australian Dollar buyers using Pounds lies in UK based developments.

We are now into the second round of the first phase of Brexit negotiations. Statements for the Eurozone state explicitly that sufficient progress has to be made here before we can address the key issue which markets are most interested in – trade.

These include the so called ‘divorce bill’, rights for citizens and the Irish border question.

The end of the first talks were formalities, this second round will be very telling at the pace talks are expected to proceed through. Productive conversations should yield greater confidence in Sterling, and the converse should lead to parallel drops.

Personally, based on how talks have progressed so far, I believe that sellers should be facing opportunities next week.

I strongly recommend that anyone with a Australian Dollar based currency requirement should contact me on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer aimed at maximising your currency return.

You can contact me directly by calling +44 1494 787 478 and asking the reception team to speak to Joshua.

I have never had an issue beating the rates of exchange on offer elsewhere, so a brief conversation could save you significant sums of money on a prospective transfer.

What factors could cause the Aussie Dollar to weaken? (Joseph Wright)

Last week the Pound found itself under pressure after a raft of bad data out of the UK has resulted in concerns in a slowing down of the UK economy.

Data showed slowdowns in the manufacturing, construction and importantly the services sector and although the readings were in line with previous readings when GDP is running at 0.4%, the economy is slowing as we enter the 3rd quarter which is a negative sign for those hoping the Pound will climb as the year progresses.

The Reserve Bank of Australia disappointed Aussie Dollar bulls and those hoping the Aussie Dollar will climb last week. Many had hoped for indications of future interest rate hikes from the RBA but these comments never came, with many analysts now confident of a rate hike this year.

The price of Iron Ore has firmed up recently offering AUD some support, but the mixed messages the markets are receiving regarding China’s economy (and whether or not the figures they release are 100% truthful) is likely to weigh on the Aussie Dollars value.

The issues surrounding the housing market overheating in parts of Australia is also likely to be a talking point, and it’s quick market movements that we can help our clients take advantage of in a number of different ways, so feel free to get in touch if you wish to discuss this in further detail.

If you have a 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.

Disappointing data this week results in the Pound weakening, is the UK economy slowing down? (Joseph Wright)

Throughout the week there has been a series of disappointing data releases out of the UK, along with data this morning from Halifax confirming that property prices within the UK have fallen by 1% with UK house price growth falling to a four-year low.

We found out earlier this morning that manufacturing production within the UK fell last month from the month before, whilst industrial production has also fallen on an annual basis.

The construction sector has also experienced a slowdown recently, and with the raft of bad data released this week it may leave many within the marketplace re-evaluating whether there is much of a chance of an interest rate hike this year.

Unicredit (a major Italian lender) this week forecasted a potential spike of up to 4% if there is a rate hike this year, although personally I cannot see this happening irrespective of the UK’s inflation levels and I think that the Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate is more likely to fall between now and the end of the year.

There is talk of a slowdown in the Aussie economy also, but with the UK entering such a crucial time with Brexit negotiations I cannot see Australia’s issues overpowering those of the UK.

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.

Buying Australian rates boosted by softer Brexit murmurs (Joshua Privett)

The state of limbo we’ve been suffering with Sterling this week has show tentative signs of breaking as we head into the weekend, with buying Australian Dollar exchange rates rallying during Friday morning trading.

This prolonged period without clarification on Government policy towards such a sensitive issue as Brexit has left currency investors unsure what to do. There has been such little buying and selling activity involved around the Pound that GBP/AUD has been moored in the high 1.60’s since Monday.

This should all change next week.

The Government’s manifesto will be debated on in Parliament next week to be voted on on Thursday/Friday, before the close of June. Hints of a softer Brexit with Theresa May’s speech at the EU summit today have markets less concerned at the prospect of a tumultuous exit for the UK, and therefore Sterling saw a comforting boost in the morning.

End of week financial flows however halted Sterling’s rally. At the end of the week capital tends to be allocated in the more stable currencies. A camp which Sterling understandably hasn’t occupied for some time. So you tend to see Sterling selling off in favour of the likes of the US Dollar and Swiss France, with the Pound losing out through decreased demand in general.

But if it wasn’t for these clockwork trading patterns before the weekend, AUD sellers would have seen glimpses of what is expected to happen next week. A consolidation of this limbo period since the election, and confirmation of any softer approaches for the Brexit should both play well for Sterling’s value in the eyes of currency markets. Both have a high likelihood of occurring next week, even the Brexit Minister David Davis said as much.

So whilst Australian Dollar sellers are seeing higher urgency to act sooner rather than later in the final week of June, Australian Dollar buyers may consider waiting until the end of next week to secure their AUD purchase.

I strongly recommend that anyone with an Australian Dollar based currency requirement should contact me over the weekend whilst financial markets are closed on jjp@currencies.co.uk to discuss a strategy for your transfer aimed at maximising your currency return.

I have never had an issue beating the rates of exchange on offer elsewhere, so a brief conversation could save you significant sums of money on a prospective transfer.

Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate falls again, will the downward trend for the Pound continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Aussie Dollar buying rate dropped again throughout today’s trading session, with the exchange rate dropping by 0.65% throughout the day up until the time of writing.

Not only are the financial markets and investors concerned about the political situation in the UK, with the outcome of the election being one of the worse case scenarios for the UK as it resulted in a Hung Parliament, but the rising rate of Inflation and lower wage growth becoming an issue that could rise to the surface very quickly.

If the rate of inflation continues to climb but the rate of wage growth continues to decline (as figures released today showed it happening for the 3rd month in a row), I think the Pound could find itself trading at a much lower rate than we’re currently witnessing.

My reasoning behind this is because the UK consumer has been propping up the UK economy since the Brexit, which has allowed the ship to steady to an extent after all the warnings from market analysts should the UK pubic have voted to leave the EU.

Should the current trend of higher costs of living in the UK continue I think the Pound may fall as I previously mentioned, and if you would like to be kept updated regarding this matter as well as any others that can potential impact GBP to AUD exchange rates, do feel free to get in touch with me.

There’s a plethora of data due out tomorrow for the UK specifically, so feel free to contact me overnight to discuss these events and how they could impact any short term currency exchange plans you may have.

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.

Pound to Aussie Dollar hits its lowest level since April as the election approaches, will the trend continue? (Joseph Wright)

The Aussie Dollar bucked the trend today and actually gained value vs the Pound during today’s trading session.

As the election polls have swung back in favour of a Conservative majority the Pound has received a boost against most currencies, as the tightening in the polls over the past few weeks has put pressure upon the Pound as is often the case during times of political uncertainty.

The Aussie Dollar managed to buck the trend as in the early hours of this morning as both quarter-on-quarter as well as year-on-year economic growth figures (GDP) came out better than expected. This data release now means that Australia has recorded 103 successive quarters of growth which is a new global record, making the Aussie Dollar strength understandable.

Despite these figures from down under I am expecting to see the Pound climb further across the board of major currency pairs (including AUD) should the Conservative party win a majority when the election result is announced this Friday.

Another potential downside to the Aussie Dollar is the likelihood of another interest rate hike in the US which would limit demand for investors to hold funds in AUD. AUD has benefited from having such a high interest rate for a nation within the developed world, and should other nations, especially those considered less high risk such as the US, begin offering a similar or higher rate we could see a sell-off in the Aussies value due to selling pressures.

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 GDP provides strength for the Australian dollar (Dayle Littlejohn)

In the early hours of this morning Australia released their latest GDP numbers. As expected yearly and quarterly figures fell from previous figures however the numbers exceeded expectation. Yearly figures were released at 1.7% up 0.2%, and quarterly figures were released at 0.3, 0.1% higher than the consensus.

The Australian dollar has strengthened off the back of the next and GBPAUD exchange rates have dropped 0.65% and therefore 1 1/4 cents. To put this into monetary terms, for Australian dollars sellers buying £200,000 will now save themselves 2,500 dollars.

It’s a busy week for GBPAUD exchange rates as the UK General election is on the horizon. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are still touring the country trying to sway the undecided voter. In recent days security has been a major talking point and Jeremy Corbyn has been on the attack insisting Theresa May should resign as the Conservative parties police cuts have made the streets of the UK less safe.

Theresa May has hit back stating that the police are well resources however she has also stated that she will change human rights laws in a bid to crack down on terrorism.

Towards the end of the week I am expecting major volatility for sterling vs Australian dollar exchange rates. If Theresa May wins a majority I expect the pound to make inroads against the Australian dollar and rates to increase back towards the mid 1.70s and beyond. However any other result I believe GBPAUD will fall back towards the mid 1.60s.

If you are converting sterling and Australian dollars short term, you need to make a decision now. The currency company I work for saves clients money on their currency conversions whilst offering up to date market information which helps the client make informed decisions. Therefore if you have an upcoming currency requirement and would like to save money feel free to email me directly on drl@currencies.co.uk. Alternatively if you would like to discuss your requirements over the phone call 01494-787478 and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

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Buying Australian Dollar rates slip with increased election uncertainty (Joshua Privett)

Buying and selling Australian Dollar exchange rates have been hit heavily heading into the Bank Holiday weekend, as uncertainty about the upcoming election, now just 10 days away, undercuts Sterling against its major currency pairings.

The resurgence for Labour is staggering. The same company which revealed the slim margin of 4% in favour of the Tories had identified a 20+ point lead at the beginning of campaigning season just over a month ago.

With the bank holiday UK markets are onlookers for the day today, and we are already seeing a small recovery in the Pound. However, this form of minor rebalancing is common after more serious movements the previous trading day.

Moving forward you can expect GBP/AUD exchange rates to continue to reflect the changing dynamics in the polls. Currently the Tories are still ahead, and anyone with an Australian Dollar buying requirement will need for this to remain this way.

Financial markets are keener for a strong Conservative victory, as they are hoping for continuation in policy, and expect a beneficial effect on having an elected PM with a mandate in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

However, a 4% lead is what was expected for the Remain camp in the recent Referendum, which clearly did not manifest. So financial insitutions are unlikely to bet on a positive oucome without a more commanding lead for the Conservatives

Without demand for Sterling its value would career downwards, making the Australian Dollar a more expensive prospect for anyone with an upcoming requirement.

Anyone with an Australian Dollar requirement in the immediate term may be wise to contact me to discuss a strategy on how to approach the vote to secure any targetted peaks and ensure you are better protected from any downside risk.

It could even be that the slight resurgence on exchange rates recorded today will be the best buying levels available before the election itself.

I have never had an issue securing more commercial exchange rates than what is on offer elsewhere. Contact me over the bank holiday weekend on jjp@currencies.co.uk while markets are closed for a short discussion concerning your personal situation.

Factors impacting GBPAUD exchange rates (Dayle Littlejohn)

In recent months the Australian dollar has been losing ground against sterling for a few reasons. Firstly Iron ore prices, Australia’s largest export an a commodity that Australia heavily rely on has been falling in value. Last week Iron ore stockpiles at Chinese ports rose 1.7% to a record 134.25 million tons as of Friday, according to weekly data from Shanghai Steelhome E-Commerce Co. With reports suggestions China are having a slow down these stock piles continue to rise which in turn would have a negative impact on iron ore prices. Secondly the UK Prime Minister called for a snap election which also provided strength for the pound as a Conservative majority is likely which in turn would give the PM more power when negotiating Brexit.

However recent poor UK economic data has stopped the pound for making any further gains against the Australian dollar. The Bank of England have announced inflation is outpacing wage growth which is real problem for the UK public, however the Bank of England are not in the position to raise interest rates which would combat the inflation pressures.

Looking ahead I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Australian dollar continue to devalue as the FED are likely to raise interest rates in the upcoming months which would lead to a sell off of Australian dollars to buy US dollars and the also the problem with Iron ore is not going away. As for the UK as soon as the General Election is over Brexit negations will be in full swing.

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research have exclaimed Brexit negotiations could cause major swings for sterling exchange rates.  They told their clients they believe sterling’s good run is coming to an end. Personally I think it is impossible to predict how Brexit negotiations will unravel therefore gambling on this could go either way.

The currency company I work for has won numerous awards for exchange rates therefore it enables me to trade Australian dollars at rates better than other brokerages and high street banks. I would recommend sending an email with a brief description of your requirements and your timescales (this is very important, the length of time you have will change your options) and I will email you with my strategy and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk. Alternatively if you would like to discuss your requirements over the phone call 0044 1494-787478 and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.