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What can we expect from the Australian dollar ahead?

The Australian dollar has been stronger as heightened concerns the US may not raise interest rates as quickly as expected triggered a rise in the value of the AUD. Investors have been buying up the US dollar in anticipation of a higher interest rate which would make the currency more attractive to hold, however, with the Australian dollar holding attraction with its higher interest rate, it remains strong.

The next big news for the Australian dollar will be next week with the latest RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) meeting minutes which will give us the latest news from the RBA’s meeting last week. The expectation is for the RBA to be possibly looking to raise interest rates longer term, some commentators believe this could be as soon as the end of the year but personally, I do not expect anything too soon.

Investors are bracing themselves for the longer-term raise from the RBA which has helped to fuel the recent strength of the Australian dollar, overall impressions are for the currency to avoid some of the more familiar problems where it has dramatically weakened. A key driver of this volatility had been the move from the latest decision so, the next meeting will be crucial to get an idea of where Australian dollar will be headed next.

If you have a transfer buying or selling Australian dollars we can help with the planning and management of any deals with a view to securing the latest information and news when required. For more information please feel free to contatc me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Thank you for getting in touch and I look forward to hearing from you and assisting in the future.

 

Factors impacting GBPAUD exchange rates up until the end of the week

Overnight China are set to release a few data releases which clients involved with an Australian dollar exchange short term, should keep a close eye on. Consumer Price Index monthly figures are set to show -0.1%, however 1% up from last month and yearly inflation is set to fall to 1.9% from 2.1%. If the numbers meet the expectation you would expect to see a slight decline for the Australian dollar.

Later tomorrow morning the UK’s interest rate decision will take centre stage, and this decision has received a fair amount of media attention. 2-3 weeks ago forecasters were predicting that there was a 85% chance of a hike and now forecasters are suggesting a 20% chance due to the slowdown in the UK economy. GDP, inflation and retails sales all dropped last month.

My personal opinion is that the pound could come under pressure after the release therefore I would purchase Australian dollars before the event and sell after.

To finish the week Australian Home Loans is set to be released. With it being well documented that there has been a slow down in the major cities, home loads is set to be released at 0.1%. A high reading is seen as positive as it means investor confidence is high and therefore properties are being purchased. 0.1% is 0.3% higher than last months figure, nevertheless it wont be seen as positive therefore I would expect this to be a non event.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the future, I would strongly recommend getting in contact to discuss your requirements. 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.

BOE May Rate Hike now in Question (Daniel Johnson)

GBP/AUD in detail

Following a host of positive data from the UK last month we have seen a complete reversal. We saw a fall in inflation, (which is now below average wage growth), retail sales were shocking, predicted to be – 0.5% coming in at -1.2% and today a fall in GDP to 0.1% when 0.3% was the expectation.

A rate hike from the Bank of England (BOE) was widely expected in May, however Mark Carney, Governor of the BOE said in a recent BBC interview that a hike may occur later in the year. This along with the poor run of data could well stop the rate hike occurring. Despite this I would not rush out and sell my Sterling to buy Aussie. I still believe we are range bound between 1.80-1.85.

If it drops below 1.80 for more than a few days it may be time to consider moving if you have to move short term. Personally I would hang on for the high 1.83s or 1.84s. If you have real concern consider a Stop/Loss contract for protection.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has a quite negative outlook in regards to hiking rates, there is little chance of a hike this year. If you take into consideration the Federal Reserve have already raised rates to 1.75% and intend to hike rates as many as two further times this year you can see why investors are moving from the Aussie to the Greenback. The US-China trade war could also be damaging to the Aussie. If Chinese growth is hindered by tariffs you would expect Australia’s primary export, raw materials to fall in demand and price which would be bad news for the Australian Dollar.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to produce a free trading strategy. During a period of such uncertainty it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximize your return. We have tools at our disposal to make sure you do not miss out if there is a spike in your favour.

If you already have a currency provider in place. Drop me an email with what you are being offered and  I am very confident I will be able to demonstrate a significant saving. It will only take you two minutes and I am  sure it will be worth your while. You can trade in safety knowing you are with a Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a firm trading for over 16yrs and FCA registered.

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

Thank you for reading.

Is the RBA’s monetary policy working, and how will this impact AUD exchange rates?

Australian interest rates have been set at 1.5% for around 20-months now. This is the longest period of time the rates have remained the same and interestingly, this is the lowest that interest rates have been in Australia.

Rates were dropped to this level back in August 2016 in order to stimulate the economy after it begun to show signs of a slowdown, and since then the RBA monthly meetings have been non-eventful. This is in stark contrast to back in 2008-2009 when the rates were changed on almost a monthly basis.

There are no changes expected for the next 6-months, which differs to the forecasts in the UK for example where the Bank of England is expected to hike rates at least once this year, with some forecasters predicting up to 4 over the next 18-months or so. The Fed Reserve in the US is pushing forward with the most aggressive monetary policy changes within the developed world, and this has negatively impacted the value of the Aussie Dollar as people are beginning to pool funds in the USD now that they can get a better return than when they hold funds in AUD.

Due to the Aussie economy not picking up much steam despite the low rates, and the RBA’s tentative approach to raising rates due to fears over an overheating house market, I think that we may see the AUD continue to lose value as the year progresses.

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.

GBP/AUD When to move? (Daniel Johnson)

Is there still a rate hike still on the cards form the BOE?

We have seen Sterling fall in value against the Aussie of late following poor retail and inflation data. There was a host of positive data before this including a significant increase in average wage growth and unemployment hitting a 43yr low. We also have a transitional Brexit deal all but agreed with the UK being granted single market access until full exit from the European Union.

It was almost nailed on there would be a rate hike from the Bank of England (BOE) in May. Inflation slowed however, falling below average wage growth and retail sales was predicted to come in at -0.5% in at arrived at a shocking -1.2%. Mark Carney spoke on the BBC following the retail figures and said there is the possibility of monetary policy change, but did not mention May. The markets were fairly stagnant following the data release, but Carney’s words or lack of them caused Sterling to weaken against the majority of major currencies.

Despite this a rate hike is already factored into current levels, if the hike occurs do not expect a huge movement in the pound’s favour, the market moves on rumour as well as fact. The danger is if there is no hike. The pound will lose significant value. It is always worth keeping an eye on Carney’s speech after the rate decision as any hint at a change in monetary policy can cause volatility.

I am of the opinion Sterling is chronically undervalued ant that we are only seeing current levels due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. AUD has been considered an investors choice due to it’s high levels of interest, but now with the USD promising higher returns and further rate hikes combined with it’s reputation as a safe haven currency it is almost a no brainer to move to the  US Dollar. I doubt the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will raise rates until 2019 at the earliest.

There is also the ongoing trade war with the US and China. The new tariffs could hit Chinese growth which will in turn hit the Aussie as Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing it’s raw materials, particularly iron ore.

I personally think short to medium term  GBP/AUD will be stuck between buoyancy levels of 1.80-85.

If you are an AUD buyer and have to move short term, aim to move in the 1.84s.

AUD sellers, I would not hang on for significant gains as I feel the Aussie is fragile. Aim for 1.82 on Interbank.

If you have a currency requirement I would be happy to assist. If you wish to maximise your return it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a trading strategy to suit your needs. If you have a currency provider in place I am willing to perform a live comparison and I am confident I will be able to demonstrate a considerable saving. It will only take  a couple of minutes and could be well worth your while.

You can trade in safety knowing your trading with Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a company  trading for over 16 years. Our accounts are published online at companies house and we are FCA registered.

If you would like my help I can be contacted at dcj@currencies.co.uk. I look forward to hearing from you.

Will GBPAUD rates remain above 1.80?

The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has been above 1.80 comfortably now for a period and the outlook is now much more positive for the future. The Australian dollar has been losing its shine as investors look for more profitable avenues overseas which include the US dollar. A key driver of late on GBPAUD has been the interest rate changes in the US and the UK, with them hiking, as in the US, or on the way to hiking – the UK.

This difference in outlook compared to the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) who are currently refraining from hiking has allowed big movements on the pound and US dollar against the Aussie. The RBA has been monitored very closely over its performance and attitudes to raising interest rates and this will likely continue to be a feature in the coming months.

Generally speaking, I would imagine the RBA will continue to be soft in its assessments moving forwards and this will keep the Australian dollar on the weaker side. Despite this, the Aussie may well find some favour if there are any unexpected twists and turns or bumps in the road on the US and UK path to raising interest rates.

Another factor which will likely weigh on the GBPAUD rate will be the progress on Brexit which could see the pound to Australian dollar rate fall below 1.80 if there are further troubles over the Irish border or concerns over what type of trade deal the UK will get. Any surprisingly strong data from down under might see the Australian dollar fight back against sterling too.

In April I expect a range between 1.78-1.85 as the conditions that have seen us hit the current rates of exchange continue to act as a driver on the pair. Thank you for reading and if you have any upcoming transactions and wish for some insight and information on achieving the best rates of exchange, please do get in touch with me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk directly.

Will GBPAUD remain above 1.80?

The pound to Australian dollar rate is looking like it might rise further in the future so for clients looking to sell AUD for pounds a quick move is probably sensible. With the levels now safely above 1.80 fr over a week the prospect for it to dip back below 1.80 seems unlikely. Overall the expectation for clients who will need to buy pounds with Aussies is that moving sooner will probably be best.

We learned this week that the pound should find more favour against the Australian dollar on the back of improved expectations relating to the prospect of interest rate rises. The GBPAUD rate was dealt a double whammy when the US raised interest rates but also confirmed extra buoyancy in future hikes which has kept the AUD weaker against both currencies.

We learned very recently that the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) will be looking less likely to raise interest rates in the future, this has seen the Australian currency weaker. Interest rates are a major barometer of what will happen to a currency in the future, the expectations that the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England will raise interest rates ahead of the RBA is putting the Aussie on the back foot.

The next stages of progress will be made in the coming weeks, any surprise twists and turns on Brexit could unsettle the pound GBPAUD rate but the overall impression looks more positive. If you have a transfer buying or selling pounds and Australian dollars making plans ahead of any spike is the best course of action.

If you have a transfer and wish for some expert information and assistance on the currency markets, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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

GBPAUD remains range bound…

GBPAUD exchange rates have been range bound this week despite a huge amount of shifts and changes in market sentiments over the pound and Australian dollar. The main news was from the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) which has seen them remaining in a no-mans land in terms of their attitude to looking to raise or lower interest rates.

If there was to be any bias it would be towards the hiking of interest rates, this was potentially something on the cards in 2018 but actually we have seen it becoming more likely to happen in 2019. Economic condition are according to the RBA not warranting any hike, since the market was widely expecting this the Australian dollar has not reacted significantly.

The next big news will be overnight with the Chinese releasing a series of Import and Export data which will see us understanding the market much better. The Chinese data is very important for the future which will be closely monitored since China is one of the biggest markets Australia sells its raw materials into.

For more information on the upcoming news and events you can contact myself Jonathan Watson directly by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk. For clients concerned with GBAUD exchanges many clients are tracking the 1.80 mark which we have so far been unable to hit. I do expect this could happen, it might well be in the next couple of weeks as we get some further important UK data.

If you need to buy or sell Australian dollars against any currency please feel free to get in touch to discuss further the market and your options.

Thank you for reading and I hope to hear from you soon.

 

RBA keep Rates on hold (Daniel Johnson)

Reluctance to change Monetary Policy could cause AUD weakness.

In the early hours we saw the Reserve Bank of Australian (RBA) Interest Rate Decision. Rates remained unchanged at 1.5%, which was no surprise considering current economic conditions down under. Retail Sales data came in just before the decision and was some way below expectations. There was predicted to be a rise from – 0.5% to 0.4%, but there was only an increase to 0.1% which caused the Aussie to suffer.

The Australian Dollar has been a favourite with investors due to its offer of relatively high returns, however the US Dollar now seems to be gaining preference as it offers the same returns and is also considered a safe haven currency.

The Federal Reserve also has a far more aggressive forecast in terms of hiking rates and  it has been rumoured we could see as many as three more hikes in 2018 which does not bode well for the Australian Dollar.

Living costs in high wage growth areas are causing Australians to spend there hard earned money on necessities rather than luxury goods and services. There needs to be an increase in average wage growth before a rate hike can be justified. I am doubtful of any rate hikes by the RBA until 2019.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavor to produce a free trading strategy. During a period of such uncertainty it is important to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximize your return. We have tools at our disposal to make sure you do not miss out if there is a spike in your favour.

If you already have a currency provider in place. Drop me an email with what you are being offered and I am very confident I will be able to demonstrate a significant saving. It will only take you two minutes and I am sure it will be worth your while.

You can trade in safety knowing you are with a Foreign Currency Direct PLC, a firm trading for over 16yrs and FCA registered.

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

Thank you for reading.

 

Inflation could delay rate hike from the RBA (Daniel Johnson)

RBA Rate Hike stalled by inflation

Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has recently suggested that a hike in interest rates may not occur until 2019, citing struggling inflation as the reason for holding fire on a hike. This does not bode well considering the US Dollar is considered a safe haven currency and currently offers the same return as the Australian Dollar. The forecast for hikes from the Federal Reserve is that there could be as many as three, which would make the Aussie considerably less attractive to investors.
On Tuesday Home Sales figures are released. New Home Sales is a key barometer as to the health of the housing market and can give an indication as to what is expected in the future. If there is a high reading above expectations we could see Australian Dollar strength.

Keep a close eye on Iron Ore Prices

If you have a trade involving the Australian Dollar it is always wise to keep a close eye on Iron Ore prices. Iron Ore is Australia’s primary export and fluctuations in price will alter the price of the Australian Dollar. With the Chinese being the main purchaser of Iron Ore it may also be shrew to keep an eye on growth figures from China.

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.