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Could the Pound improve against the Australian Dollar this month and possible reasons why? (Tom Holian)

The Pound has been steadily increasing against the Australian Dollar since the turn of the year and although we have seen some small losses for the Pound, generally speaking the market for anyone looking to buy Australian Dollars has been very positive.

With the US threatening to continue raising interest rates the next interest rate hike by the Fed is likely to come in March and this is in part why we have seen the Australian Dollar struggle against the Pound.

On Tuesday the latest set of minutes are due to be released by the Reserve Bank of Australia and I think this could provide the catalyst for Sterling strength against the Australian Dollar as I think the RBA will be relatively cautious in their tone.

If you look at the markets through the eyes of a global investors if you have available funds it is likely that you would look to invest in the US as with interest rates planned to be going up as well as strong growth in the world’s leading economy this could potentially be a good investment.

This could result in a sell off for riskier based currencies such as the AUD and this is why I think in the longer term that we’ll see GBPAUD exchange rates challenge 1.80 before the end of this month.

On Tuesday the UK releases the latest Quarterly Inflation Report Hearings and as inflation has continued to remain higher than the target I think this will put pressure on the Bank of England to look at raising interest rates possibly as early as May.

On Wednesday the latest UK unemployment data is due to be published and although this has been very strong one of the concerns is Average Earnings which have been lagging behind inflation so this could see a bit of volatility for GBPAUD exchange rates in the middle of the week.

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RBA Interest Rate Forecast vital to AUD value (Daniel Johnson)

NAB predict Rate Hike as early as August

The National Australia Bank (NAB) has a very optimistic forecast in regards to rate hikes by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). They are a minority. They are of the opinion we could see an interest rate hike by 0.25 basus points as early as August.

“The RBA has indicated that it is in no rush to raise rates in lock-step with global central bank counterparts. However, lower unemployment, and evidence of wages growth moving upwards — even gradually — should be enough to give the RBA confidence that inflation will eventually lift above the bottom of the band,” said Alan Oster, NAB Chief Economist.

“We continue to forecast two 25 basis point rate hikes in August and November, although acknowledge the risks are that these hikes could be delayed.”
Oster attached a couple of warnings which could change the RBA’s decision, noting that a slowing in household credit and house prices due to macro-prudential measures implemented by APRA “may help alleviate some concerns about household debt”.He continued “higher AUD may also threaten this outlook although our revised forecasts are for the currency to be 75 US cents by year end”.

Personally I do not share his view. I think a hike by August is very optimistic and economic data is not consistent enough to warrant a hike . Inflation is some way from where it needs to be and there is no reason to suggest there will be a rapid rise between now and August. This a viewpoint shared by the man that counts. RBA Governor, Philip Lowe who recently stated the following.

“further progress in reducing unemployment and having inflation return to the midpoint of the target range”, adding that it was “likely that the next move in interest rates in Australia will be up, not down”.

He also said “while we do expect steady progress, that progress is likely to be only gradual.

The general consensus is there will not be a rate hike until at least early 2019.

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Will Australian Unemployment data send GBPAUD rates towards 1.80? (Tom Holian)

We are in for a big end to the week for anyone looking to transfer Australian Dollars as tomorrow brings with it a number of economic data releases down under.

We start tomorrow with the latest Unemployment figures for January as well as the Participation Rate which rose last month showing a small slowdown in Australia and this has weakened the AUD vs GBP following last month’s announcement.

I expect another slightly negative release for Australia overnight and I think this could provide the Pound with some support vs the Australian Dollar sending GBPAUD exchange rates in an upwards direction.

The Australian Dollar has remained under a lot of pressure against Sterling since the start of the year as the Australian economy has shown signs of a slowdown with the RBA unsure about what to do with monetary policy.

Inflation levels are very different from the west to the east coast and so a change in interest rates will not necessarily be of benefit to the whole country which is why the RBA are likely to keep interest rates on hold.

Meanwhile, the UK have hinted that the next interest rate hike may be coming in May and this is why I think we could see GBPAUD rates heading towards 1.80 before the end of the month. We end the week with RBA Governor Philip Lowe addressing the market so make sure you’re prepared to move quickly.

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Consumer confidence and unemployment the key data over the coming days

Tomorrow we have the release of the Westpac Consumer Confidence reading, Consumer Confidence is a measure of sentiment that individuals have in economic activity, and is a really good overview of how the general consumer is feeling about their economic situation. A higher reading would be good for the Australian Dollar as it suggests that Consumers may be ready to spend more, and a lower reading would usually weaken the Australian Dollar as it suggests that people have less disposable income in their pocket to spend on goods and services.

On Thursday we will also see the release of unemployment figures for Australia, with expectations of unemployment to have dropped from 5.5% to 5.3% which would be a strong figure. The RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) had lowered their unemployment expectations recently to 5.25% for the year ending June 2018 so this figure would fall in line with the RBA’s predictions and may give the Australian Dollar a good solid Thursday should this come out as predicted.

For those with a currency exchange to carry out involving the Australian Dollar in the coming days, weeks or months you must also be wary that the figure may come out worse than expected, for example should the figure remain at 5.5% or only come down to 5.4% then we may witness Australian Dollar weakness as we head towards the end of the trading week.

We do have a flurry of inflation data out tomorrow afternoon from the U.S which can impact Australian Dollar rates due to the flow between the Australian Dollar and U.S Dollar, anything positive for the U.S can generally weaken the Australian Dollar at present, as it heightens the chance of an interest rate hike in the States.

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Australian Dollar liable to global stock market sell off and RBA warning leads to Australian Dollar weakness

The Australian Dollar has had a fairly choppy week so far this week, generally losing ground against most major currencies due to comments from the Reserve Bank of Australia that indicated that any interest rate hikes may be quite far away, and also due to global uncertainty in the stock market, seeing the Dow Jones and other indexes around the world drop considerably over the week.

The issue with the Australian Dollar is that it is perceived as a riskier currency, therefore when you tend to see a volatile global market, and uncertainty politically or with economic data  around the world you tend to see the Australian Dollar weaken, as investors will shy away from riskier currencies and head to safer havens, such as the U.S Dollar and the Swiss Franc.

As I indicated earlier in the week I do feel that the Australian Dollar may have a tough period coming up, with interest rates due to be raised by various central banks around the world this may lead to a further flow out of the Australian Dollar and into more attractive currencies with better returns on investment.

The RBA also released a monetary policy statement last night, and although economic data is still fairly good there are concerns around slowing wage growth and inflation rising too.

Poor wage growth and high inflation is a big issue for an economy, as it means the cost of goods and services is going up yet the amount the general consumer has to spend is not rising in line with it, another potential issue for the Australian Dollar going forward.

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Interest Rates in the UK and Australia to set the tone for GBPAUD exchange rates – Could we see GBPAUD rates move towards 1.80? (Tom Holian)

According to the Reserve Bank of Australia interest rates down under may be kept on hold for quite some time. In their most recent statement earlier this week the central bank has suggested that any change will be ‘gradual.’

The latest set of growth forecasts from the RBA will be announced on Friday and although unemployment is looking very strong in Australia there are concerns being raised that Retail Sales are struggling.

Indeed, the RBA governor Philip Lowe has said that ‘household incomes are growing slowly and debt levels are high’, which leads me to think the RBA will keep monetary policy the same until we see more positive news.

The last time we saw an interest rate hike in Australia was back in 2010 and rates have remained on hold down under now for a year and a half so don’t expect any rate changes to be coming anytime soon.

The problem for the economy in Australia is that over the years it has benefited from a higher yield in interest rates for global investors than many other developed economies.

However, with the US having increased interest rates three times during 2017 and on course to increase interest rates again in March this is leading investors to move their money away from commodity based currencies including the Australian Dollar and into the US Dollar.

Overall this is fairly good news for anyone looking to send money to Australia as it means GBPAUD exchange rates have remained positive recently and although we have seen the odd drop in rates, generally speaking the direction has been positive in Sterling’s favour.

Looking ahead to tomorrow the Bank of England are set to meet to announce their latest monetary policy decision and although no change is expected any hints of a rate hike coming further down the line to control inflation could see the Pound go in an upwards direction.

If you have a need buy or sell Australian Dollars in the near future then feel free 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 compared to your bank or another currency broker.

Even a small improvement in the exchange rates can make a big difference so feel free to to email me and you may find you could save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Tom Holian) on teh@currencies.co.uk and I will respond to you as soon as I can.

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.

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Could the RBA meeting on Tuesday be the catalyst to send GBPAUD rates up to 1.80 next week? (Tom Holian)

The Pound has maintained its recent run of good form vs the Australian Dollar during the course of the week ending Friday afternoon with the Interbank level trading at above 1.78 for GBPAUD exchange rates.

Australian inflation data came out lower than expected earlier this week and as we have seen with the UK back in November if inflation rises then the general policy is to raise interest rates.

With inflation down under falling then this means that the Reserve Bank of Australia are much less likely to be looking at raising interest rates in the near future.

On Wednesday evening the US Federal Reserve confirmed that they would be keeping interest rates on hold for the time being although the tone was rather hawkish, which means that a rate hike could be coming.

Indeed, the expectation is currently at 88% that an interest rate hike may occur in March and this is why we have seen the Australian Dollar continue to remain weak.

Global investors are currently offloading the AUD, NZD and ZAR which typically used to have very attractive yields on interest.

However, with the US looking at increasing interest rates as well as having a very strong economy as proved with Friday afternoon’s fantastic jobs report creating 200,000 new jobs in January, money is being ploughed into the US at the moment.

On Tuesday, Australia releases its latest Trade Balance Figures as well as Retail Sales and both will be key to determining what will happen to GBPAUD exchange rates during the course of next week.

The RBA will also announce its latest interest rate decision so if they are quite cautious in their approach could this send GBPAUD rates towards 1.80?

If you have a need to make a currency transfer buying or selling Australian Dollars in the near future then feel free to contact 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 compared to your bank or another currency broker.

Even a small improvement in the exchange rates can make a big difference so feel free to to email me and you may find you could save yourself hundreds if not thousands of Pounds. You can email me (Tom Holian) on teh@currencies.co.uk and I will respond to you as soon as I can.

Pound rises against the Australian Dollar after lower than expected Australian Inflation Data (Tom Holian)

The Pound has once again charged in an upwards direction vs the Australian Dollar breaking past 1.78 overnight.

Australian Inflation data for the final quarter of last year came out lower than expected and although the figure rose to 1.9% it came in below expected figure of 2%.

This means that the likelihood of the Reserve Bank of Australia raising interest rates at any point in the near future is severely reduced and this is why we have seen the Australian Dollar weaken against Sterling.

The CPI report also showed huge inconsistencies across the country with the cities in the east all above 2% but with Perth in the west showing a level of just 0.8% highlighting the disparity between the regions which makes things more difficult for the RBA to manage the economy effectively.

The same report also highlighted differences in the housing market from one region to another and this is why the Australia Dollar has weakened as confidence is likely to also fall down under which is good news for anyone looking to buy Australian Dollars with Sterling at the moment.

Chinese data has also been rather mixed recently and as China is the largest trading partner with Australia any lower than expected news can often have a negative impact on the value of the Australian Dollar.

We end the week with the latest Producer Price Index data from Australia and anything different could influence the rate to convert Australian Dollars so make sure you’re well prepared.

If you have a currency transfer to make and would like to save money when buying or selling Australian Dollars compared to using your own bank then feel free to contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Having worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers for 15 years I am confident of being able to help you.

Email me directly Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

FED interest rate decision to impact Australian dollar exchange rates

This evening the Federal Reserve (United States Central Bank) will release their latest interest rate decision and for the last time Chairlady of the FED Janet Yellen will give her last press conference as Chair. For clients that are buying or selling Australian dollar it’s important to understand that decisions made in the US have a direct impact on Australian dollar exchange rates.

In recent weeks most major currencies have benefited from the demise in the US. President Donald Trump at present is trying to pull the US out of NAFTA which is the trade agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada. These negotiations are on going and could take 12 months. Nevertheless the US dollar has lost value and the Australian dollar has benefited.

The FED decision tonight could indicate whether the UK will raise interest 3 times this like predicted at the beginning of the year or if forecasts have changed. Personally I expect this release to weaken the US dollar further which could benefit most G10 currencies. Later in the week Non farm payroll numbers, which is the amount of jobs created in the US will be released at 1.30pm and this release could also have an impact on exchange rates.

The next key data release to look out for in regards to the Australian economy is the interest rate decision on the 6th. Inflation numbers showed a slight improvement in January, however the Reserve Bank of Australia are unlikely to hint towards any rate hike anytime sooner. Therefore I don’t expect this event to help provide strength for the Australian dollar.

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