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Will the Australian dollar weaken this week? RBA Meeting Minutes are key

Tomorrow is the latest RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia meeting minutes. Investors are closely monitoring this for any news that we could well see key changes in the outlook for the Australian dollar, as the RBA responds to the change in economic outlook for both the global economy and the domestic Australian economy.

Pressures are mounting on the RBA to be more conscious of a consideration for a more dovish, or soft interest rate policy as investors seek to gauge the likelihood that up ahead interest rate cuts will become much more necessary for the Australian economy. China is Australia’s largest trading partner and the market is of the belief continued economic troubles will see the Australian economy suffer, and therefore need to cut rates ahead.

The raising and lowering of interest rates is a big factor in the currency markets, as investors seek to position themselves in a currency which they believe will ‘yield’ a higher return. For example, the higher an interest rate, the stronger generally a currency will be. It is similar to the way that a higher interest rate will attract investment into a savings account.

Likewise, when an interest rate is cut, or investors believe that it might be up ahead, the currency will lose value. This is because it makes the currency less attractive to hold by those concerned with a stronger investment. Such is the case with the Australian dollar at present, as a lower interest rate prediction makes the currency less attractive to hold by investors.

Moving forward, the RBA and Australian economic data will face tough scrutiny as the market gauges the likelihood of the future cuts in the rate. Clients with a position to buy or sell Australian dollars might benefit from a quick review with our team to ensure they are fully up to date with what lies ahead, and how they might benefit from the volatility.

Thank you for reading and please get in touch if there is anything that you wish for us to run through or discuss, relating to a transfer of Australian dollars.

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk

GBP/AUD – Where Next? (Daniel Johnson)

Brexit Extension

Since December the Pound has been losing value against the Australian Dollar. Sterling reached its highest level against the Aussie yesterday since the 2016 referendum. This was following the news that a Brexit no deal had been taken off the table until 29th March combined with the news that MPs have now voted to extend Article 50 in order to come up with a mutually acceptable deal between the UK and the EU.

The Australian economy is currently experiencing problems which is proving to be another catalyst for the rise in GBP/AUD. Consumer confidence, business confidence and housing loans data all showed a decline. Australia’s heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s goods and services is hurting the Aussie as Chinese growth, although still impressive has slowed quite considerably since the US/China trade war commenced. It was announced yesterday that China’s industrial output fell to its lowest level in 17 years during the first two months of 2019, unemployment has also been on the rise. There is the potential that Chinese President, Xi JinPing and US President, Donald Trump could come to an agreement at the end of the month and cease tariffs which could boost investor confidence and in turn strengthen AUD.

Will the RBA minutes give an insight into future Monetary Policy?

Although Brexit will continue to be the key driver on GBP/AUD there are plenty of other factors that can have an impact on the currency pair. On Tuesday morning, during the early hours the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will release minutes following the recent interest rate decision where rates were kept on hold at 1.5%. The RBA have already hinted at potential rate cuts and if this is mentioned again we can expect further Australian Dollar weakness.

Next Thursday has the potential to cause market movement with the release of RBA Bulletin and unemployment figures for February. If the data arrives away from expectation expect volatility.

Personally, I think the Aussie could be in for a tough time due to the increasing problems surrounding the economy, I haven’t even touch on the housing price bubble. If it is announced there is a deal on the Irish Border I would expect significant Sterling strength. I feel Pound is currently chronically undervalued. If I was sitting on Aussies I would not be hanging around for improvements considering risk versus reward.

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 18yrs, 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 .

 

 

 

 

 

Could the Australian dollar weaken further?

The Australian dollar has been weaker in the latest few weeks as investors fears over the Trade Wars remain, plus the expectations on the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia, increase to potentially cut the interest rate in the future. There has been a growing expectation that perhaps the Australian central bank has been under estimating the extent to which they would need to cut interest rates in the future, based on the ever-changing global developments. If you are looking to buy or sell Australian dollars in the coming days and weeks an awareness of all of these options and outcomes is sensible.

The market is looking like it could be in for a rollercoaster ahead for the Australian dollar as a series of events develop overseas and at home to trigger volatility. One of the key aspects of the Trade Wars is that in disrupting global trade, they are putting pressure on the global economy which will ultimately lead to a weaker Australian currency. Australia’s economy is heavily reliant on the global economy performing well which will support strong demand for the export of their raw materials.

Overall, there is a belief that the Australian dollar is destined to lose value over the longer term, this is evidenced by its recent weakness which will only continue should the market continue to be faced with the evidence of a slowing global economy.

There is important economic news ahead for the Australian dollar with key information released this week on Consumer Inflation Expectations and National Australia Bank Business confidence figures. This will all be seen in the light of the ongoing developments with the US and China trade wars which had been more positive, but just lately have seen uncertainties creep back.

If you have an important currency transfer to make, being prepared is key in this market where events can quickly and suddenly change and unfold. If you would like to run through or discuss the market or our services, then please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss further.

Thank you for reading and please contact me Jonathan on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Will the Pound increase after the Brexit vote next week?

The Australian Dollar has continued to struggle recently against the Pound hitting the best rate to buy Australian Dollars since June 2016 this week.

Since the lowest point in December the Pound has improved by as much as AUD14,500 on a currency transfer of £100,000 highlighting the importance of keeping up to date with current events both in the UK and Australia.

The Reserve Bank of Australia have continued to remain in a rather neutral position concerning monetary policy by keeping interest rates on hold earlier this week.

The Australian economy has continued to show signs of concern during recent months and this is clearly being reflected in what is happening with the Australian Dollar at the moment.

The Australian economy is also heavily reliant on both growth and demand in China and with the world’s second largest economy slowing down this is causing the Australian Dollar to weaken.

Problems with coal coming in to China from Australia have hit the headlines recently and it appears to be only directed at Australia rather than other countries who trade with China so is this a political move by the Chinese who are maybe punishing Australia for their support to the US concerning the recent Trade Wars between the US and China?

Turning the focus back towards what is happening in the UK and we have a number of key votes due to take place in the House of Commons surrounding Brexit.

On March 12th the House of Commons will hold their ‘meaningful vote’ about what MPs think of the current Brexit deal on offer. The likelihood is that it will be voted against and this means the following day will see a vote on whether or not MPs will back a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Therefore, I expect a huge amount of volatility on GBPAUD exchange rates and could this see the Pound break past 1.90 against the Australian Dollar.

I have worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers for over 16 years and I’m confident that I can save you money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank so if you would like a free quote then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

 

Will the Australian dollar weaken further?

The Australian dollar has been weaker as poor economic data and also global concerns weigh on the currency. Investors have been closely monitoring developments with the trade wars, which have seen China and the US go head to head threatening increasing tariffs on each other. There has also been the North Korean – US Summit in Vietnam, which has not proved successful for Trump, thereby putting further pressure on the Australian dollar.

The Australian dollar is a barometer of global trade which has seen the market moving in the favour of any clients looking to buy the Australian dollar, expectations are for a very busy time ahead, as investors seek greater clarity on what lies ahead. Global trade could now be under greater pressure as investors seek to obtain more certainty around the Trade Wars and the possibility of destabilisation in the North Korean peninsula.

The Australian dollar is also suffering from pressures at home, as investors seek to obtain greater clarity over the outlook globally, and the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia, seek to consider cutting interest rates in order to ease the wheels of their economy, in order to be able to manage any possible downturn.

The slowing economy globally, and increased uncertainty in global markets, has seen the Australian economy weaker as it depends so much on strong global demand for its natural resources which include coal and aluminium and other commodities. The Australian economy has been weakening owing to these global concerns and this is now beginning to weigh on the market, as investors seek other shores and remain unconvinced about what lies ahead.

Clients with a position to buy or sell Australian dollars should be aware of a few volatile sessions ahead, we are in business to help with the planning and execution of any transfers. GBPAUD in particular, could be in for a very volatile month as we await the latest news from the Brexit. Trading levels on GBPAUD could ever surpass 1.90 at the top end of the ranges.

Thank you for reading and please let feel free to contact me if there is anything that you wish to discuss for the future.

Jonathan Watson

jmw@currencies.co.uk

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.

Thank you for reading and I welcome any comments or business inquiries with regard to personal assistance with the timing and planning of any international currency transfers.

Thank you for reading and please contact me directly on jmw@currencies.co.uk to discuss further.

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.