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Australian Dollar still open to risk sell off – Italy key at present and Chinese data rounds off the week

Italian politics have been one of the surprise movers for Australian Dollar exchange rates so far this week, with news of a breakdown in talks to form a Government coming out earlier in the week this has led to a rise in political instability which can impact investors and speculators attitude to risk.

With the Australian Dollar being deemed as a ‘riskier’ currency it is open to the elements of global political and economic issues, so situations like the one in Italy at present or even the on-going situation between Donald Trump and North Korea can have quite an impact on the value of the currency.

In times of uncertainty the Australian Dollar tends to weaken and when matters are settled you can see the Australian Dollar get a little stronger.

As regular readers  of the site will be aware it does not look like we will be seeing a rise in interest rates for Australia in the coming months which may keep the Australian Dollar out of fashion for a little while, especially when you note that the Federal Reserve over in the U.S are consistently raising rates and have been for a while now.

An interest rate hike is generally seen as a positive for a currency as it makes that currency more attractive to investors and a cut in interest rates can been seen as negative, so with the action seen from the U.S over the last year or so we are witnessing a flurry of money out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S Dollar which is perceived as a safer currency and now offers a better return as well.

We have minimal economic data out for Australia this week but we do have Chinese manufacturing tomorrow and Friday which may also impact the Australian Dollar as the week nears an end.

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Australian Dollar weakens a little as U.S Bonds continue to rise – Poor wage growth continues to be an issue

The Australian Dollar has lost a little ground in trading this week with U.S Bonds being partially to blame for the latest bout of Australian Dollar weakness. The U.S treasury yield has recently hit its highest level in 7 years and the reason this is impacting the Australian Dollar is that this is causing a large flow of money to come back out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S Dollar, making USD more expensive to buy and AUD a lot cheaper.

Over the past few years we have seen interest rates continue to rise in the U.S and remain stable in Australia and now that the USD is seen as a more attractive and less risky investment investors are starting to make their moves and to shift money back into the Dollar.

It does not look like we will be seeing a move from the RBA to raise interest rates until next year now which in my opinion will continue to hold the Australian Dollar back. Poor wage growth figures matching the 1.9% inflation figure released have shown that workers have not seen any growth in their wages for the past year and wage growth levels are currently sat very close to historic lows.

What this means is that the general consumer has less money in their pocket to spend and therefore this can impact the economy further. It also will hold back the Reserve Bank of Australia from raising interest rates as a move to hike rates now would put homeowners under pressure, so they really are stuck at the moment as to what is the right thing to do.

I believe the RBA will continue to monitor data before rushing anything, but the signs are there for me that we may see a little Australian Dollar weakness in the coming months.

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RBA interest rate decision- Rates look set to continue on hold for the foreseeable future

If comments from the RBA last night are anything to go by it does look like we may be set for stable interest rates for the foreseeable future, despite the fact that we have had a record breaking period of policy stability in recent times.

For the last 19 meetings we have seen no rate movements which now dates back to a stable interest rate since August 2016, in the meantime we are starting to see interest rates for other economies around the world begin to rise, which is why the Australian Dollar has weakened against a number of major currencies over the past year or so.

For those that are not aware an interest rate hike is generally seen as positive for the currency concerned as it will make that currency more attractive to investors, so due to the fact that we have not seen a rise in rates and one does not appear to be on the cards the Australian Dollar has started to lose value, making it cheaper to buy.

Until the RBA gain more confidence in wage growth  and labour market conditions in general then I feel that they will not budge on their stance, they admitted today that employment growth has slowed and that this is one of the reasons why they are still approaching any rate changes with caution.

Some analysts are now predicting that we may not see a move from the RBA until 2020 at the earliest, and with this in mind I personally feel that the Australian Dollar may be set to struggle in the months ahead, especially if you add into the picture falling commodity prices and a lower attitude to risk from investors at present.

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Australian inflation comes in slightly below forecasts, AUD weakness as a result

Today Australian inflation figures were released and fell slightly below analysts expectations, leading to a slight drop in value for the Australian Dollar over the course of the trading day.

Expectations had been for inflation to come in at a level of 0.5% however the figure released only came in at 0.4%, the annual rate posted at 1.95%, this does show that inflation is rising but we are still seeing the level of inflation posting below the target rate that the Reserve Bank of Australia have which is a level of 2.5%.

This will more than likely lead to the RBA now continuing to hold off on any interest rate hikes, and I would still be surprised to see a hike in interest rates for Australia this year, although of course a lot can change in the currency markets over a few months so watch this space!

The reason the lower inflation figures led to a slight drop in value for the Australian Dollar is that this has dampened the chances of an interest rate hike happening in the near term, and an interest rate hike is generally seen as positive for a currency. With the markets moving on speculation as well as an actual event happening, the fact that an interest rate hike is now deemed to be further away for Australia then leads to weakness for the Australian Dollar.

With numerous other central banks around the world inclusive of the U.S and U.K now making their moves and raising interest rates we are starting to see a flow of money come out of the Australian Dollar and moved into these perceived safer currencies as the rate of return is getting closer to that of the AUD if not better.

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Australian inflation key to the next move for Australian Dollar exchange rates

The Australian Dollar has had a mixed week, the RBA meeting minutes from the last RBA interest rate decision suggested that we still cannot see any movement for interest rates in sight and both Chinese growth figures and Australian unemployment were fairly solid.

We have not seen a huge amount of volatility for the Australian Dollar off the back of these data sets, and all eyes now will look towards Australian inflation figures which are due out on Tuesday.

Inflation is expected to have got a little higher in Tuesday’s figures and this may lead to a little improvement for the Australian Dollar early in the week, in my opinion though any improvements in the Australian Dollar may be short lived, I still feel that we are set for a period of weakness for Australian Dollar exchange rates.

As I have mentioned in previous posts there are various reasons for this, inclusive of interest rates rising in other economies around the world, Australian economic data not being great, falling commodity prices and global risk sentiment dropping due to political issues and trade wars. The Australian Dollar is classed as a riskier currency so when global tensions are high you tend to see the Australian Dollar lose ground against most major currencies.

Interest rates are vital to the performance of a currency too as a higher interest rate will make a currency more attractive to investors, with areas such as the U.S now raising rates to a level above Australian interest rates we are seeing qwuite a flow of money out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S Dollar, making the Australian Dollar weaker and cheaper to buy.

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Sterling to Australian Dollar rate remains above 1.80, is a move towards 1.90 now a possibility?

The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate has managed to hold onto the gains it made recently, which could be a key indicator for future movement between the pair.

The key level of 1.80, which had acted as a resistance for almost two-years was broken easily by the Pound as news broke that the UK and EU negotiators have come to an agreement regarding the transitional Brexit agreement.

This news boosted sentiment surrounding the Pound as it saw a boost across the board of major currency pairs, but the gains against AUD have been exaggerated as AUD has been coming under some pressure of its own.

AUD has lost its status as one of the highest yielding major currencies after the US Fed Reserve bank has begun hiking rates in the US, with plans of further hikes this year on the cards. This in-turn has made the Aussie Dollar less attractive, which has helped the Pound hit these high levels.

Despite some poor data out over the last week in the UK’s construction, manufacturing and services sectors the Pound has manged to hold on to its gains which I believe is a positive sign for the Pound moving forward.

There is quite a quiet week of data scheduled for this week out of the UK, but I do think tomorrow could be the busiest day as UK GDP and Industrial and Manufacturing production figures are set for release all before lunchtime.

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Major banks expect further AUD weakness following RBA interest rate decision and statement

Today’s RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) interest rate decision and press conference has added further fuel to the fire for Australian Dollar weakness in the coming months.

With the view that dropping commodity prices and the fact that the RBA have now held interest rates for a record breaking 18th monetary policy meeting in a row, it does appear that there may be a fightback from other major currencies against the Australian Dollar.

As mentioned in previous posts an interest rate is of great importance to a currency as it makes it more or less attractive to investors, what we are seeing in other areas around the globe is other economies starting to raise interest rates, most notably America and the U.K and this is in turn leading to a flow of money out of the Australian Dollar and into the perceived safer currencies, thus making the Australian Dollar weaker and more expensive to buy.

Expectations are currently for the RBA to potentially make their next interest rate move in November of this year, if this is the case then we are likely to have seen one further rate hike from the U.K and potentially two more from the U.S before that happens, which may lead to further weakness as the year progresses.

We are at the start of a new month so be sure to keep a keen eye on Australian economic data this month as this may impact on what the RBA decide to do.

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Australian Dollar still losing ground against most currencies – Interest rates are key globally

The Australian Dollar is not having a great run of things lately, as numerous economies appear to picking up and the U.S have once again raised interest rates, bring them ahead of the current rate in Australia.

The reason this current movement is important is that U.S interest rates are now higher than interest rates in Australia, so what essentially happens is investors will move their funds out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S Dollar, as it offers a more attractive return on their money and is seen as a more stable currency.

The outlook for Australian interest rates still does not suggest any hike in the near term, however the Federal Reserve in the States did dampen expectations a little for the year ahead in last nights monetary policy statement.

I still feel there is further room for Australian Dollar weakness in the coming weeks, most notably we have seen a big movement for Sterling against the Australian Dollar over the past week or so, breaking through the key level of 1.80 and not stopping there.

Sterling is on a good run at present, and now that average earnings figures have fallen in line with inflation there is room for interest rates in the U.K to start coming up again too, the Bank of England interest rate decision later this morning will be key and so will the minutes from the meeting, as they may give an indication on future plans.

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A quiet week for Australian data but that does not mean the Australian Dollar will remain flat

We have not seen any major movements from the Australian Dollar against other major currencies this week, but that does no mean that the rest of the week the volatility will stay away.

Most Australian Dollar movements for the rest of the week will come from other announcements around the globe, including numerous economic data releases and speeches from the U.S.

New Federal reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is currently speaking and is also due to speak again tomorrow, due to the fact that these are his first speeches since taking control, any hint on his personal plans for fiscal policy will be of great interest to investors and speculators alike.

At present it seems that the markets are expecting three interest rate hikes from the U.S in the year ahead and should the new man in charge confirm that he plans to progress along the same lines then this may lead to the Australian Dollar losing value in the coming weeks and months.

As mentioned a number of times before on this site any further hikes in interest rates from the U.S will make their interest rate higher than that of Australia, therefore you would expect investors to shift money from the Australian Dollar into the U.S Dollar, not only to ensure that they get a better return but also due to the USD being seen as a safer haven and less volatile.

Commodity prices will still also be of great importance to those following the Australian Dollar in the year ahead and with projections of a slight drop off in commodity prices as the year progresses this could also weigh on the Australian Dollar too.

For anyone specifically with an interest in AUD/GBP no matter which way you need to move money, Friday morning will also be key for you as Prime Minister Theresa May is due to be speaking to the British public with an update on  Brexit, so this could lead to volatility for Sterling hence moving the AUD/GBP rate.

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Australian Dollar has a tough few days – What else lies ahead this week?

The Australian Dollar has not had a great week this week so far following on from the RBA meeting minutes released yesterday morning.

It still appears that the RBA are quite a way from considering raising interest rate this year, due to various concerns about how this will impact consumers over there and the general economic position for the country as it stands.

One of the key issues as it stands for Australia is wage growth, which is similar to many other economies around the world. Wage growth essentially measures how much people’s wages are going up and as it stands for many central Banks around the world the issue is that there is a gap between wage growth and inflation (the rise in the cost of goods or services).

Interest rates have been left on hold since August 2016 which is the longest level of stability since the early 1990’s and it does not look like there may be a change for a good few months yet.

Wage price index figures are due out tomorrow, which is a measure of the cost of labour and even though it does appear the labour market is looking fairly strong, we are yet to see wage growth pick up, this is slowing down consumer spending as consumers are starting to build up more and more debt.

Recent RBA data also shows that the mortgage debt-to-income ratio for Australia has risen from 120 percent in 2012 to 140 percent recently, which is not great news.

All in all I am still of the opinion that the Australian may struggle in the coming weeks and months as issues like this continue to dent economic data, so if I had Australian Dollars to sell i would be tempted to sell them reasonably soon depending on which currency I needed to purchase, if I had Australian Dollars to buy with another major currency then I would watch this market closely for a spike.

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