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Mixed messages on Trade Wars mystify AUD Exchange rates

The Australian dollar has been pulled from pillar to post as conflicting reports on the Trade Wars between China and the United States send mixed signals to the currency markets.  A report from the Wall Street Journal newspaper indicated the US might be ready to temper down some of the tariffs and their tone in the talks, to try to seek a resolution. This report was then quickly dismissed by the US Treasury Department, leading to the Australian losing value.

The Trade Wars are a major driver on the currency as investors seek to gauge the likelihood of Australia suffering any economic slowdown as a result of the expected slowdown in China. China is predicted to come off the worst from any developing tensions and a closely monitored Chinese Manufacturing survey earlier in the year indicated a slowdown. This saw the Australian dollar weaker and has set the tone for 2019 for currency so far.

We have expected a more negative twist and turn of events on the Trade Wars, Donald Trump is not the kind of person to easily step back from confrontation even where it causes harm. This attitude has seen the US Government enter its longest ever shutdown which has weighed heavily on sentiment and could put further pressure on the global economy.

Of benefit to the Australian dollar could be any quick turn resolution in sentiments but it does seem likely the Trade Wars will continue. Donald Trump’s actions will continue to be under scrutiny and he is unlikely to easily and quickly back down from the rhetoric that has driven the Australian currency lower.

Worsening economic data for the Chinese economy will only heap pressure on the Australian currency as investors have to weigh up the longer term prospects for economy in such uncertain global conditions. Whilst any surprise twists in sentiment could see pockets of Australian dollar strength it does feel that the general trajectory will be negative and the risks are to the downside with the currency.

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Sterling climbs as May’s Brexit deal is emphatically rejected

It’s been a volatile 24-hours for the GBP/AUD exchange rate, as the Brexit talks ramp up and the UK parliament decides how best in carry out the Brexit.

Late yesterday evening the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was overwhelmingly voted against by Parliament. The amount of votes she lost by was in the top-end of expectations, as she lost by 230 votes with was a much larger number than many analysts had expected.

Since then, the leader of the opposition (Jeremy Corbyn of Labour) has called a ‘vote of no-confidence’ in the government which will take place this evening. May is expected to win as no members of her own government have announced that they will vote against her and the DUP Party of Northern Ireland has also offered their support.

Tonight’s vote at 7pm is the next step in the Brexit process that could impact the Pound’s value, but what happens next is now quite unclear. The existing government has 3-days to announce their plan-b which could also be a market mover, so if you wish to be updated in the event of a major market movement do feel free to register your interest.

The Aussie Dollar, like the stock markets in the region remain under pressure whilst we wait for more clarity on global growth and trade war concerns between China and the US. The GBP has regained a lot of ground against AUD recently and last nights vote has helped. The pair are currently trading in the 1.79’s so it will be interesting to see whether the pair will manage to break through the psychological 1.80 level.

Moving forward I expect to see the pair continue to be driven by Brexit related updates, although early tomorrow morning there will be a number of releases from Australia concerning new home sales and inflation data.

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.

Will the Australian dollar weaken in 2019?

The Australian dollar is likely to weaken in 2019 as the concerns over Trade Wars intensify amongst investors. There is a growing concern that in the future the market will be more uncertain and the Australian dollar, as a commodity currency is likely to be weaker in the future. Clients with a position buying or selling the Australian currency should be strapping themselves in for a volatile period as the market tries to second guess what lies ahead.

In nearly every forecast for the year ahead I have read, the AUD is noted to come off worse from a worsening Trade Wars situation under Donald Trump, showing no signs of backing down and seeking to challenge China’s economic plans. Clients with a position buying or selling the Australian dollar will have a tough time in the future to try and second guess the market but as the Aussie dollar reflects global attitudes on trade, the likelihood is that the currency will weaken.

Clients who need to make an exchange should note not just the changing global attitudes on trade but also the negative political and economic effects at home in Australian too. Whilst the market had been pricing in for an interest rate hike in the future, some are now suggesting that the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australian will in fact be forced to look at an interest rate cut instead. This could send the AUD into a downward spiral as investors look for more comfortable and stable stores of value.

2019 is shaping up to be a more uncertain time on the currency markets as investors struggle to make sense of the changing global economy that lies ahead. Investors will struggle to find the Australian dollar an attractive currency to hold, particularly when the US dollar is now offering a higher return with a higher rates of interest on offer.

If you have a transfer to make and wish to consider the latest news and trends which will move the market, please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss further.

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk

The Pound hits a 6 week high against the Australian Dollar owing to Australian housing market problems

The Pound vs the Australian Dollar has hit a 6 week high which is good news for anyone looking to send money to Australia.

The spike has occurred in part due to the tightening lending standards in Australia which has caused a problem for the Australian housing market and this has seen house prices fall in recent times.

This is a big reason for the Reserve Bank of Australia keeping interest rates on hold and with the US Federal Reserve recently raising interest rates for the final time this year global investors have been selling off the riskier based commodity currencies including the Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar and South African Rand in favour of a more stable US Dollar.

The mortgage companies as well as the banks have been previously lending to people without clearly identifying whether or not they would be able to afford to pay back the loans and this means that Australian banks are now paying the price for the previous problems.

In Perth, which is one of Australia’s largest cities, house prices have fallen by over 15% in the last four years and Sydney and Melbourne have also started to see a small slowdown and this means any interest rate hike down under in unlikely to be coming any time soon as this would have a direct impact of the Australian property market.

With the Reserve Bank of Australia due to be keeping interest rates on hold for the foreseeable future and the US Federal Reserve likely to keep on raising rates in the early part of 2019 I think we are due to see further Australian Dollar weakness ahead so if you’re looking to exchange Australian Dollars into Sterling it may be worth getting this organised in the near future.

The one problem that could halt Sterling in its tracks is that of the ongoing Brexit turmoil which could cause a problem for Sterling.

With the next Brexit vote due to be held in the second week of January this could cause further volatility so make sure you’re well prepared for any eventuality.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers since 2003 I am confident not only of being able to save you money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank but also help you with the timing of your transfer.

For further information and a free quote then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Brexit Impact papers push Sterling lower against the Australian Dollar

After a strong start to the trading session yesterday, Sterling exchange rates have seen their fortunes reverse since yesterday afternoon when Brexit Impact papers were released by both the Government as well as the Bank of England.

Both releases suggested that the UK will be worse off by carrying out the Brexit with the BoE outlining a number of worse case scenarios for the UK economy in the case of a no-deal Brexit. Their report outlined the potential for the Pound to lose 25% of its value against both the Euro and the US Dollar which would put Sterling below parity vs both of these key currencies. Property market falls of 30% were also contained within this worst case scenario Brexit report as well as unemployment potentially rising to 7.5% and since this report we’ve seen a sell-off of the Pound’s value which has accelerated this morning.

After almost reaching 1.77 yesterday we’ve seen the pair drop below 1.75 this morning which goes to show how much the currency has been impacted by these reports. It’s also worth noting that the Australian Dollar has lost value recently owing to the sharp drop in the value of iron ore which is a key export of the Australia’s. Iron ore prices have dropped by 9% this week which represents the largest drop in over a year. The rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Chinese leaders has also ramped up with concerns of a global slowdown owing to the trade war once again impacting currencies such as AUD’s.

Economic data releases are light for the remainder of the week between the UK and Australia so it’s likely that Brexit talks will remain the main driver of currency fluctuations.

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 comes under pressure as US-China tensions resurface, and fears of a global slowdown take hold

The Australian Dollar has come under pressure in early trading today, although the fall has a lot further to go to wipe out the gains made by AUD over the past month and a half. Against the US Dollar the currency has lost over 1% over the past 24-hours as investors have piled into safe haven currencies and taken funds out of riskier currencies such as the Aussie.

Over in the US the Federal Reserve Bank has indicated plans for a less aggressive monetary policy next year than the markets had previously anticipated, and signs of a global slowdown with stock markets still selling off is concerning financial markets hence the sell-off.

AUD exchange rates haven’t been helped by comments out of the White House yesterday either. In the lead up to the G20 meeting next week there have been hopes of a truce between US President Donald Trump, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, but yesterday as the White House said Beijing has failed to alter its ‘unfair’ practices. As China is such a key trading partner of Australia’s this is negative news for AUD which perhaps explains yesterday’s sell-off of the Aussie Dollar.

There are no economic data releases out of Australia this week, so I expect the GBP/AUD rate to continue to be driven by Brexit related updates which are coming through thick and fast at the moment. UK PM, Theresa May will be in Brussels today to discuss the Brexit agreement text with EU leaders for the first time since the text was announced last week.

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 Statement boosts the AUD: Where next for the Australian dollar?

The Aussie rises…

The Australian dollar is stronger overnight following an upbeat assessment from the RBA Monetary Policy Statement. The Reserve Bank of Australia is loosely looking to raise interest rates in the future which would help the AUD to rise. It has risen overnight following the commentary that saw them raise their Inflation and Growth forecasts.

Another factor to drive the Australian dollar is the outlook on the Trade Wars which have seen the Australian dollar rising according to the viewpoint on how it will influence the Chinese economy. Recent rising expectations that the Trade Wars would gently resolve themselves have cooled but the initial fears that saw the Aussie massively sold off, have subsided.

Global Issues remain

I expect the Trade Wars will continue to provide concern, it seems more likely than not that Donald Trump will trigger some kind of concern on global financial markets which would weaken the Australian dollar. If not owing to economic concerns abroad, it might be political concerns domestically in the US which drive the Aussie.

The recent mid-term elections saw the US dollar lose ground against most currencies with the Australian dollar a beneficiary of the uncertainty. The Aussie did rise on this news, as investors sought to diversify their currency exposure away from the US and possible political issues ahead.

As you can see, there are numerous global factors which drive the Australian. Trying to accurately predict what the rates will be will involve accurately predicting not only what Donald Trump might do, but also how the market might react to it. Some might suggest Donald Trump does not know exactly what he will do next, trying to predict him will be no easy feat!

What lies ahead for GBPAUD rates?

GBPAUD levels have fallen below 1.80 on the news, could the RBA be preparing to raise interest rates? Westpac do not think so, with them believing the RBA will hold through 2019 and 2020. There is even a view that the RBA may cut rates, by some who feel Australia’s booming housing market and highly indebted consumers cannot stand a hike.

Whilst the pound has been notably buoyant across most currencies, rising to some of the best rates all year or certainly multi-week or month highs, the pound to Australian dollar rate has not performed so well. Whilst we are tracking improved levels, we are still down owing to the Australian dollar also performing well.

GBPAUD exchange rates hit a peak of 1.8713 in October of this year, significantly above the 1.5909 lows of Brexit in October 2016 following the EU Referendum. Current rates of 1.79-1.80 are therefore below the peak but above the average.

Mix into this the uncertainty on Brexit (who can accurately predict the outcome there either?) and we have a plethora of events to move GBPAUD rates. My general expectation is that the pound will rise further against a weaker AUD if the global concerns continue on Trade Wars. I think the threat of a ‘new world order’ of more protectionism will see the Australian dollar weaker in the future, particularly as that uncertainty will keep the RBA on hold or possibly looking to cut.

Will you need to make a transfer?

For clients with a position selling Australian dollars for pounds, I feel gearing up to capitalise on the recent spike is sensible. Clients buying AUD with sterling might wish to take a slightly more speculative view but in hoping for further improvements, they could easily get caught out relying on a smooth Brexit process.

If you have a position to buy or sell AUD for sterling I would be most interested to share some of the latest news and events driving this pair. There is no easy answer to the question of ‘when is the best time buy or sell Australian dollars?’, but by careful analysis and utilising our experience in tracking trends, we do strive to offer an informed opinion to help you make the most of your currency needs.

Thank you for reading and please contact me to discuss further.

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk

 

Weaker AUD beneficial for the Australian economy, where next?

The recent RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia Minutes showed us that the RBA view the recent weaker Australian dollar as good news for the economy in helping to support growth. Australia’s economy is heavily reliant on the sale of its raw materials globally, including to China, its major trading partner. The expectation here is that the RBA will not be in any rush to raise interest rates, they view the weaker currency as ‘good news’.

The big news for this week on the Australian dollar is Unemployment data released in the early hours of tomorrow, at 12.30 GMT. The figures are predicted to show the Unemployment rate holding steady but a lower participation rate and possibly a lower employment rate. This could see the Australian dollar weaker as it underscores the recent direction and sentiment that has weakened the currency.

This could mean the Australian dollar continues to drift lower and remain weak, particularly owing to other factors including the likelihood of Trade War issues continuing to weigh on China, its largest trading partners. Markets are concerned that the Chinese economy is struggling as a result of the trade disputes with the US and Donald Trump, this has seen some economic indicators in China reach concerning levels.

China is struggling with a slowing rate of growth and concerns over home sales, rising Inflation and also falling car sales. Other examples of anxiety include the amount of debt taken on by Chinese authorities in their pursuit of infrastructure to build their economy. All of this is painting a slightly worrying picture for the Chinese economy as the trade wars are likely to get worse and this will all put pressure on the Aussie dollar too.

If you have a transfer involving the Australian dollar into any other currency and wish for some expert insight into the trends and themes to move the market, why not get in touch with us. We are a firm of specialist FX brokers with many year’s experience in managing large volume international payments.

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

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk

Selling falls against the Australian Dollar after chances of a No-Brexit deal increase

The Pound to Australian Dollar rate has fallen below the key 1.80 mark during today’s trading session. This is key as the GBP/AUD pair had previously consolidated above this level and traded as high as 1.85 before the recent fall which has taken place because of the Brexit related comments this week.

At the time of writing the EU leaders are all currently in Austria, as they have been for the past couple of days as there is an informal summit taking place. Whilst there have been some positive comments regarding Brexit recently the summit has all together been a negative for the Pound as the currency has fallen dramatically against a range of currency pairs, with the fall against AUD being quite dramatic in terms of recent price movement which has mostly been thin.

Much of the talk revolves around the Chequers deal, and whether or not it will be both the preferred approach of the UK government and also accepted by the EU members, which at the moment is looking unlikely especially after a speech by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May today.

There is a bank holiday down under on Monday of next week, as it’s the Queen’s birthday and there aren’t any major releases until next Friday which means I’m expecting the Pound to be the main driver of currency fluctuation between the GBP/AUD pair.

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.

What can we expect this week for GBPAUD exchange rates?

The week ahead for the Australian dollar looks set to be dominated by continuing news on the likelihood of future interest rate hikes down under. Last week saw a mixed bag of data as investors weighed up the conflicting signals and the overall outlook on the currency pairing. This was underscored by a very positive unemployment report which helped the Aussie to rise against its counterparts. Good news on the Australian dollar has however been tempered by the worrying prospect of fresh economic tariffs from Trump on China, Australia’s main trading partner.

The main economic news this week will be the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia Meeting Minutes and also the House Price Index released this evening. Later in the week we will also see the the RBA Bulletin and also a speech by Assistant Governor Christopher Kent. It was a speech by RBA Assistant Governor Bullock last week which saw movement on the rates as he highlighted growing household debt.

Clients with a currency transfer involving the Australian dollar could now face a range of events to move the rates, it does appear the factors which have weakened the Aussie in recent weeks, are set to remain. Global concerns over Trade Wars which are set to negatively impact China will weigh on economic sentiment and this will influence the Australian dollar.

If you have a transfer to consider buying Australian dollars with pounds there is also the EU Summit which is coming up which could see a volatile week on GBPAUD exchanges. Brexit continues to be the main driver on the pound and this information could see some volatility on the pair.

If you have a transfer to make involving the Australian dollar, we are in business to offer assistance with the timing and the planning of any currency transfers. For more information at no obligation please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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

Jonathan