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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.

RBA interest rate decision and press conference overnight, along with retail sales, import and export figures too

We have plenty of market data for the market to get stuck into this week, with the Australian Dollar struggling a little recently this may also lead to further weakness for the Australian Dollar unless we hear some positive news.

There have been numerous analysts commenting recently that they felt we may see a slight period of turbulence for the Australian Dollar and one of the reasons behind this had been expectations of very little interest rate movement throughout 2018.

A higher interest rate is generally good for the currency concerned as it makes it more attractive to investors. The Australian interest rate spent quite some time being much more beneficial than that of most other majors which is why the Australian Dollar has remained so strong over the past few years.

What we are seeing now is that other major economies (such as the U.S and U.K) are starting to raise their interest rates, most notably the U.S and this is leading to investors moving their money out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S Dollar, thus weakening the Australian Dollar and making it cheaper to buy.

Expectations are for three further interest rate hikes from the U.S this year and with both the U.S and Australian interest rate sat at 1.5% a further move from the states may lead to this flow of money out of AUD as explained above.

This is why focus is on the RBA and their Tuesday interest rate decision, no changes to rates are expected but it will be comments in their following statement that will be watched very closely, as any hint in future rate changes (or that they plan not to make any changes this year) may lead to sharp Australian Dollar movements.

The other economic data will also be important, but I feel that the star of the show will be any news on the next move from the RBA.

If you have a currency exchange to make in the coming days, weeks or months ahead and you would like assistance then I can help you. Having working at my current brokerage for over ten years I am in a good position to not only help you with the timing of your transfer but also getting the best rate of exchange when you do come to book it.

For more information or simply to get a quote on the rates that we can offer feel free to email me (Daniel Wright) personally on djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be more than happy to get back in touch with you.

Employment data will be the main focus for Australian Dollar exchange rates this week (Daniel Wright)

In a reasonably quiet week ahead for Australian Dollar news, the main focus for investors and speculators alike this week will be global attitude to risk and Australian unemployment figures. Global attitude to risk can change at any time, especially with the Trump/North Korean situation still ongoing and the unemployment figures are due out on Friday morning in Australia or overnight on Thursday night for those readers from the U.K.

Expectations are for unemployment levels to remain at 5.4% however with a positive improvement in the rise of jobs last month (which was unexpected) do not rule out movement for Australian Dollar exchange rates early on Friday.

Having just spent three weeks in Australia it does appear that views on the Australian economy are mixed at present. Some people I spoke to were really confident about how things were going and others were less positive, citing that they felt that certain areas were at the top of a housing bubble that was due to burst at any time.

My opinion from being on the ground over there, particularly in Sydney (where this bubble appears to have blown up the most) I do not see it crashing down anytime soon. There is a huge amount of building work going on and a great increase in new retail developments from what I can see, along with an influx of Chinese money I find it hard to see the house prices dropping off unless further restrictions are put in place to try and halt it artificially.

For me this suggests that the Australian Dollar should remain fairly strong in the early part of 2018, I do not expect large gains made by the Australian Dollar but I would be surprised not to see the currency hold its ground against most majors, as long as the banana skin of major global uncertainty comes along to change that.

If you have an Australian Dollar exchange to make in the coming days, weeks or months and you would like assistance not only on the timing of your transfer but also with achieving the very best rate of exchange too then I can help you personally.

Feel free to get in touch with me (Daniel Wright) by emailing me on djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be more than happy to get back to you. Having now worked at the same foreign exchange brokerage for over a decade I am well placed to assist you and will be more than happy to help.

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.

Sterling climbs slightly as political reshuffle springs no surprises (Joseph Wright)

Sterling sellers have seen a boost to the exchange rates available to them today, after the Pound is up across the board of major currency pairs even if only slightly.

This comes on a day that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has reshuffled her cabinet, with most moves being predictable according to political analysts.

Brexit related news is of course likely to continue to be one of the main drivers of Sterling price movements, although there are reports that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit is beginning to fade. Sterling volatility is expected to wane in the short term future after a market gauge that measures expected volatility was trading at a three-year low earlier today, which means that analysts aren’t expecting to see any market swings in the upcoming months for Sterling exchange rates.

Since the Brexit GBP/AUD has lost quite a lot of value, but the pair are currently trading towards the top end of the recent trend despite GBP losing some value recently as the Aussie Dollar strengthened.

Market predictors are one thing, but I personally wouldn’t rule out a big move in either direction for GBP to AUD exchange rates in the event of a major breakthrough or stumbling block being made public in regards to the second round of Brexit negotiations.

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.

Key Factors that will effect AUD (Daniel Johnson)

Housing Bubble could have long term consequences for the Australian economy

This week we saw the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) minutes and the tone was positive as the economy starts to look healthier. This could pave the way for future monetary policy changes. The main worry down under at present is consumer spending. We recently witnessed the biggest fall in retail sale in over four years. This can be put down to the inflated housing prices in high wage growth areas. Consumers have been forced to curb there spending and spend their money on necessities. Property prices continue to rise due to foreign investors being willing to pay the over inflated prices which is hurting the natives. (I use that term loosely) The housing bubble could hurt the Australian economy long term. New Zealand’s new Labour government recently put in place a law to stop foreign investors buying residential property, it will be interesting to see how this pans out.

Iron Ore price can cause swings in Australian Dollar Value

Iron ore is Australia’s biggest export and is predominantly purchased by the Chinese. A client recently sent me a very interesting article which clearly shows a correlation between iron ore price and the value of the Aussie. Although Chinese growth is impressive it has been slowing and when there is a dip iron ore price falls due to the fall in demand, this then hits the Australian Dollar. A more stable economy needs a more diverse form of income rather than heavy reliance on a specific raw material. If you have an Australian Dollar requirement it would be wise to keep an eye on iron ore price.

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.

Australian dollar is much weaker and could get even weaker! GBPAUD and EURAUD forecast

The Australian dollar is much weaker overall as concerns grow over the strength of the Chinese economy and also other currencies become more favourable to hold. The expectation is that for the Australian dollar and the Reserve Bank of Australia there will be no interest rate rise any time soon and this will see the currency weaker.

The Australia dollar is a beneficiary of improved global confidence particularly in China. China is a major economy and the strength of the Australian dollar is widely attributable to the strength and weakness of the Chinese economy. Overall impressions for the future centre around a weaker Chinese economy as evidenced by the concerns over the stock market in China which has a large public following

Concerns about the possibly negative outlook on the Chinese economy has troubled the market and this has seen Aussie weaker as a wider reflection of stability in the region.

With sterling finding much favour as the UK government makes gentle progress on Brexit and the Euro also finding form on the back of progress with German coalition talks, GBPAUD and EURAUD have both risen hitting 1.7556 and 1.5697 on the interbank rates. This is presenting excellent fresh opportunities on both currency pairs which should be monitored very closely for potential buyers.

If you have a transfer buying or selling Australian dollars, global events are increasingly driving the Aussie exchange rates, as opposed to domestic news in the Australian economy. Trying to anticipate and monitor the current outlook is no easy feat but it does seem like for now the Aussie will remain weaker.

Longer term trends could easily see the Aussie regain back these losses but for Aussie holders this could prove an expensive gamble. For more information at no cost or obligation please don’t hesitate to contact me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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

Sterling to Aussie Dollar rate plunges after BoE rate hike, what happened? (Joseph Wright)

This afternoon at lunchtime the Bank of England hiked interest rates by the expected 0.25 basis points, although in the immediate aftermath the Pound fell dramatically against every major currency pair.

At the time of writing the Pound to Aussie rate has fallen by 2% with the GBPAUD rate now sitting at 1.6917 and the AUDGBP rate sitting at 0.5910.

This afternoons move has come as a surprise to the markets, as usually when the base rate increases the underlying currency climbs. The opposite has happened today though as it appears that prior to the move by the Bank of England the hike was priced into the market, and the commentary afterwards was a bit more bearish than the Sterling bulls had hoped for.

It’s looking like there won’t be a particularly aggressive approach from the Bank of England regarding monetary policy moving forward, which is why we’ve seen the Pound lose so much value in such a short space of time.

There won’t be any further major economic announcements out of the UK tomorrow that are likely to move markets to such a great extent, although Australian Retail Sales data is coming out in the early hours of this morning which may impact the rates.

If you wish to be kept updated regarding any other short-term price movements between the pair, do feel free to register your interest with me. Moves such as today’s can result in large differences in a currency transfer outcome so being aware of these moves can be highly beneficial.

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.

 

 

Sterling – Australian Dollar rate flies through 1.70 – Australian Dollar weakness and Sterling strength (Daniel Wright)

For a few weeks now I have had many clients waiting to be able to achieve the 1.70 mark for their exchange of Pounds into Australian Dollars and finally I have been able to give some of them the rate they have been waiting for.

Overnight on Tuesday, or Wednesday morning for those in Australia we had news that Australian inflation levels had dropped off to 1.8% from a predicted 2%, leading to the Australian Dollar weakening a little against most major currencies.

The reason a lower inflation figure usually leads to a currency dropping off is due to the fact that lower inflation figures decreases the chance of an interest rate hike. An interest rate hike is generally seen as positive for the currency concerned so if the chance of that happening decreases then usually so does the value of the currency involved.

For those that are tracking GBP/AUD exchange rates, you received a second piece of good news on Wednesday morning (or evening for those in Australia) as we had U.K growth figures released and they too, were a little better than expected year on year.

We have seen GBP/AUD exchange rates creep up because of these two factors and they are now almost at the best exchange rate they have been at this year, as an example a £150,000 exchange into AUD now compared to a few months back will net you almost AUD 15,000 more!!

If you are in the position where you may wish to purchase or sell Australian Dollars in the coming days, weeks of months then this can be seen as a fantastic opportunity for you, with brexit still hanging over the head of the Pound there is always that chance it may drop back again at any time.

If you would like to check  that your current provider or bank  is getting you the most for your money then why not take advantage of a currency audit which I will be more than happy to do for you. Email me the price you have been quoted, the volume involved and what time you got this and I will get back to you and let you know if you are getting a good deal or if there is a great deal of money to be saved.

We are very transparent here, if your deal is great I will be honest with you and let you know just that, if it isn’t then I will let you know how much more you can get and how I can help you.

Should you wish to take advantage of this then you are welcome to email me (Daniel Wright) on djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be more than happy to get in touch personally.