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May’s future in doubt (Daniel Johnson)

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast

Sterling has suffered of late due to the current situation on Brexit, Brexit being one of the key drivers on GBP/AUD. We recently saw a spike up to 1.88 following what was deemed to be positive news on Brexit. May’s talks with Corbyn over a deal that could be mutually acceptable from both Labour and the Conservatives caused the Spike. I believed the gains for Sterling would be short lived as I had little faith the talks between May and Corbyn would result in a deal that would pass through the House of Commons. This proved to be true.

I believe Sterling could be in for further losses as if Farage’s becomes the UK’s representative in the bloc, it would show a huge power shift away for m the usual top contenders, creating further political uncertainty. Many believe if he does prove to be  successful this could be the final nail in the coffin for May and she will be forced to step down, she has proved extremely resilient up to this point however.

May made a speech yesterday and she stated the House of Commons vote on her deal may now be delayed from the first week of June. This was not taken well and has seen her unpopularity grow. The thoughts in many of the voters minds is no doubt that if her deal fails to be passed she will resign.

I think the vote is destined to fail when it takes place, this may be already factored into GBP/AUD to some extent as the market moves on rumour as well as fact, but I think this could also cause the Pound to lose value. The usual market reaction if a leader of a Country steps down or is ousted is that the currency in question would weaken, however in this situation we could see the opposite as anew Tory party leader may be deemed to have a better a chance of sorting out this Brexit mess.

The Aussie has had it’s own trouble, Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s goods and services and any decline in Chinese growth will impact the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar. The escalation in the US/China trade war is causing investors to move away from riskier commodity based currencies such as AUD for safe haven investments.

There is also the probability of an interest rate cut from the Reserve Bank of Australia next month, so despite the potential for further Sterling gains it may be wise to move before the decision if you are selling the Aussie.

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 18yrs, 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.





Australian dollar forecast – Increased volatility set to continue…

The Aussie dollar is being pulled in many different directions at present, as the market is encouraged to consider and take onboard many factors in its assessment of the value of the currency. Domestic economic and political concerns are high ahead of the Australian election this weekend, as are global concerns over trade wars and the impact on the Chinese economy. The Aussie dollar is softer this May under the pressure of such events, and I think may well lose further ground.

The elections this weekend could well see the Labour Party winning the election as their messages on climate change and improving health and education spending appear to hit the right notes with voters. This might well see the Australian dollar weaker after the weekend, since it is expected the increase in spending, might lead to worse economic performance and increase pressure on the Australian central bank, the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia), to cut interest rates.

Looking forward, investors with a position to buy or sell Australian dollars might wish to be making some plans ahead of the election this weekend to try and protect or manage their position. You can email myself Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk to learn more about this if you wish.

Will the Australian dollar weaken further?

Another concern for me would be the escalating trade wars which so far has seen the US and China, both raise tariffs on each other’s good. Trump has now levied 25% tariffs on US$200 bn worth of Chinese goods, whilst China has retaliated with between 5-25% tariffs on US$60bn worth of goods.

This just adds to the uncertain picture ahead for the global economy and I would expect will lead to a weaker AUD. Whilst the immediate sell off on stock markets and currencies seen earlier this week has been stemmed, with such investments staging a small comeback yesterday, the longer term outlook does not appear rosy.

The Australian dollar is very much supported by a strong global economy, in particular by China and its demand for raw materials. The increased uncertainty globally has seen the Australian economy struggle with inflation at a 16-year low, thereby putting pressure on the RBA to cut rates.

May is presenting much potential for the Australian dollar to come under some pressure, clients with a position to buy or sell Australian dollars might benefit from a quick review with us to discuss the best strategy moving forward. Please feel free to contact myself Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk to discuss more about what might suit you best in this market.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Australian dollar forecast : Australian dollar remains in the firing line!

The Australian dollar was always looking like it may struggle in the month of May, and so it has proved to be the case. A series of domestic and global events have all led to increased pressure on the Australian currency, as investors fear over the more immediate political and economic outlook.

On the side of the domestic issues facing Australia, there are numerous economic concerns including inflation being at a 16-year low with stagnating Unemployment a further concern. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has because of this been under pressure to cut interest rates and it is widely expected will cut at future meetings.

The raising and lowering of interest rates is a big factor in the strength and weakness of a currency, the current projection for lower interest rates down under will only serve to put more pressure on the currency in the future.

Politics is also key in Australia with the national elections due on the 18th May, there is a concern this could be a Labour government which would potentially see the Australian currency weaker. There has been a growing concern over the economic outlook and a Labour government and their spending plans could easily see a weaker currency.

Finally, the global events which are also concerns for the Australian dollar are numerous. This includes the trade wars between the US and China which could see the lack of any agreement weighing on global sentiment and hamper trade confidence in the global economy. As a global currency, the Australian dollar will weaken in times of uncertainty over the global economic outlook and the trade wars are a great example of this.

Moving forward, the Australian dollar looks like it will remain under some pressure and could easily weaken further. A sudden change in sentiment could easily develop however, and clients looking to predict and track movements on this currency should be aware of the potential for a sudden reversal.

To discuss strategy and ensure that you are fully up to date with the latest trends and themes in the market, please don’t hesitate to contact me Jonathan Watson to discuss further on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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

Australian Dollar boosted as RBA chooses not to hike interest rates just yet!

The currency markets were dealt a surprise in the early hours of this morning, as the Reserve Bank of Australia opted to hold interest rates at the current record low levels of 1.50%.

Over recent months inflation levels have stagnated, prompting a number of economists to predict another cut in interest rates which last week helped push the Pound to Australian Dollar up up to within 1-cent from the annual high, which is 1.8881. Despite keeping rates on hold the RBA did has kept the door open regarding rate hikes, and there will now large emphasis on employment figures along with inflation levels which could impact AUD exchange rates moving forward.

Retail sales is another area of the market that I expect to be followed closely, as retailers had their worst quarter in 7-years in the first quarter of this year.

Markets will continue to watch the Pound closely, and as we saw towards the end of last week the markets are sensitive towards Brexit related updates as this topic is the main driver for GBP exchange rates at the moment. On Friday GBP/EUR amongst other major pairs hit a 1-month high when the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn of Labour, stated that parliament must break the deadlock over Brexit and ‘get a deal done’ to exit the EU.

Talks have been ongoing behind the scenes regarding a deal, so moving forward I expect this matter to have an influence on the Pound’s value along with an speculation regarding PM May’s position.

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 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

Pound to Australian dollar predictions: Will the pound continue to rise against the Australian dollar?

Over the last 4 weeks there have been opportunities for clients selling pounds to buy Australian dollars and vice versa. A month ago GBPAUD mid market exchange rates were trading close to 1.87. Following the UKs decision to extend Article50 by 6 months the pound lost momentum and dropped to 1.81 just over 10 days ago. However the pound has fought back with mid market rates now at a 10 day high of 1.84 due to the economic data released in Australia.

Quarterly inflation numbers for Australia released in the early hours of Tuesday morning dropped to 0% which is a major concern. Off the back of the news ANZ and TD securities which are well respected in their fields have both predicted that an interest rate cut of 25 basis points is on the horizon. Past history tells us when a central bank cuts interest rates the currency in question tends to be sold, meaning it becomes less valuable, hence the reason why pound to Australian rates have risen.

Looking further ahead, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is going to continue the negotiations with the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn. The Prime Minister is hoping to thrash out a deal early next month in a bid to avoid European Elections. The reality is the PM is not prepared to remain in a customs union therefore its difficult to see how they will find a solution. Therefore I expect the UK will take part, which will cause more uncertainty for the PMs future and consequently the ongoing Brexit saga.

However short term the pound could actually make gains against the Australian dollar due to the problems down under. Next week Australia release their latest building permits and home sales numbers. If they fail to impress then the chances of an interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia  will increase which could put major pressure on the Australian dollar.

If you are looking to buy or sell Australian dollars in the upcoming months, I recommend that you get in touch. The currency company I work for offers fantastic rates whilst providing regular market information. My direct email address is drl@currencies.co.uk. Feel free to email with a detailed description of your requirements and I will respond with your options and the process. If you are using a currency provider at present feel free to drop me an email for a quote.

Australian inflation to drive Australian dollar exchange rates

In the early hours of this morning the latest unemployment rates were released for Australia. As expected unemployment rose by 0.1% to 5% however the market reaction has been limited as this was to be expected. Next week Australia will release their latest inflation numbers and these should be watched closely. Yearly inflation is set to fall to 1.5% from 1.8% and monthly inflation is set to fall 0.2% from last months 0.5%. If the numbers are released as expected this is going to put severe pressure on the Reserve Bank of Australia to rethink their monetary policy. As house prices are continue to fall and the market is stagnant, I expect a cut interest rates would be on the horizon and in turn this would devalue the Australian dollar.

In recent weeks the Australian dollar has been making gains against the pound. GBPAUD rates have dropped 5 1/2 cents making a AU$400,000 purchase  £6,700 more expensive. The pound has come under scrutiny due to the ongoing Brexit negotiation. The 6 month extension has put further pressure on businesses due to the uncertainty.  The negotiations will continue in the upcoming weeks however I don’t expect Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to find common ground. Therefore I am expecting the pound to continue to decline and be trading in the 1.70s sooner rather than later.

If you are trading GBPAUD this week, month or year I would recommend emailing me with the reason for the transfer (company goods, property purchase) and your timescales and I will response with the options available to you 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.

** If you are already using a brokerage, I would strongly recommend you compare rates as I am confident I will be able to offer you additional savings with your transfer. All you need to do is email me with the exact figures and I will reply with our live price. This will take you a few minutes and in the past I have saved

US China Trade War Intensifies (Daniel Johnson)

AUD losing investor confidence

Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing its goods and services. Any fall in Chinese growth has a knock on effect on the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar.

The US China trade war is a serious concern for investors and it is pushing them away from riskier commodity based currencies such as the Australian Dollar. The US and China are currently in talks and the Trump administration wants China to make fundamental  changes to its current economic strategy.

If China were to make some of the changes requested it would have serious implications on the Chinese economy. Chinese President, Xi Jinping knows this and it may be the case that he will try to make as little concessions as possible in an attempt to outlast Trump’s reign.

It is a risky game considering the US has threatened to increase tariffs by 25% on $200bn worth of goods. The US has said they will implement the tariffs if the two sides fail to make progress by 1st March.

According to a UN trade agency report Asian countries would be the most effected. The implications of such an increase should not be understated. With two super powers trading blows the effect will be wide reaching and will hit the global economy.

The Australian Dollar could be among the hardest hit until we have a resolution, which could be some way off, AUD will remain fragile.

If it were not for the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit I think we could see some decent gains for Sterling against the Aussie, unfortunately the uncertainty over Brexit is outweighing concerns down under and the Pound continues to be anchored at low buoyancy levels. There are alternative options to May’s deal being put forward, but there is still no firm way forward. May’s intention is to gain concessions from Brussels that will be accepted by parliament. She has already attempted to this in December after delaying the initial vote. May was stone walled by Brussels and European Commission President, Jean Claude Junker has continually stated there will be no concessions made. Many still believe a deal may be struck at the 11th hour, but Brussels have stuck to their guns up until this point. The PM is currently in a worse position than in December following the diminishing probability of a no deal scenario (one of her only sources of ammunition) with Morgan Stanley predicted there is less than a 5% chance of a No deal Brexit.

If you are looking to move GBP – AUD short term aim for the 1.83s.

During such unpredictable times you need an experienced broker on board if you wish to maximise your return. If you have a pending currency transfer let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to assist. There is no obligation to trade by asking for my help, I will provide a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. If you do wish to try our service you can trade in the knowledge we are a no risk entity, as we do not speculate. Foreign Currency Direct PLC has been in business for over 18yrs and we are registered with the FCA. If you already use a provider I can perform a comparison within minutes and I am confident I will demonstrate a considerable saving. I can be contacted at dcj@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


US-China Trade War and Brexit dictate GBP/AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Pound Value hinges on Brexit Deal

Brexit is anchoring the Pound against the majority of major currencies due to the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit. The current situation is not a good one, May’s deal in it’s current form seems to have little chance of being passed by parliament. The lack of faith in the deal going  through was the reason the vote has now been delayed. Parliament reconvenes on 7th January and the vote will be held on the week commencing 14th January.

The 21st January is the final date the government can release it’s withdrawal plans. The majority of the possible outcomes I would largely consider Sterling negative. Jean-Claude Junker, President of the European Commission has stated that the deal on the table will not be renegotiated and that Brussels are only prepared to clarify the current terms of the deal. In it’s current form the deal does not look like it will go through which would hurt Sterling.

If the deal does not go through it is likely May will face  a leadership challenge from Corbyn or May could resign,  if this was to be the case the further political uncertainty would hurt the Pound. If May is ousted a General Election will be on the cards which does not bode well, but does bring a second referendum back to the table. If a second referendum is announced this could be deemed as pound positive as polls suggest the UK public would now vote to remain in the EU.

A no deal scenario would be the most damaging for the Pound although I am not of the opinion the losses will be as severe as the Bank of England have been touting. Carney suggested there will be over a 25% fall in house prices and GBP/EUR could drop below parity.

US-China Trade War could be prolonged

The US-China trade war continues to weigh on investors mind and many have moved away from the Australian Dollar due to Australia’s heavy reliance on the Chinese purchasing it’s goods and services. The current 90 day truce is in place provided China come to the table to negotiate over their current economic model. I am doubtful any major concessions will be made and the trade war could be prolonged which will hurt AUD. We could see an escalation if sufficient concessions are not made with the US threatening to increase tariffs on Chinese goods by 25%. This would hit both economies hard and also would cause further global economic uncertainty. If it were not for Brexit I think we would be seeing gains for Sterling against the Aussie, but at present the lack of clarity surrounding Britain’s future is holding the pound back.

During such unpredictable times you need an experienced broker on board if you wish to maximise your return. If you have a pending currency transfer let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to assist. There is no obligation to trade by asking for my help, I will provide a free trading strategy to suit your individual needs. If you do wish to try our service you can trade in the knowledge we are a no risk entity, as we do not speculate. Foreign Currency Direct PLC has been in business for over 16yrs and we are registered with the FCA. If you already use a provider I can perform a comparison within minutes and I am confident I will demonstrate a considerable saving.

If you would like my help feel free to email me at dcj@currencies.co.uk.
Thank you for reading.