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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.

If you would like to free quote when buying or selling Australian Dollars and would like to save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank then contact me directly. Having worked in the foreign exchange industry for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers since 2003 I am confident of being able to save you money and help you with the timing of your transfer.

Feel free to email me directly with a brief description of your requirement and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk


Will GBPAUD hit 1.80 in February?

The pound has risen against the Aussie to post-Referendum highs recently nudging the 1.80 mark which is presenting some very favourable opportunities for Australian dollar buyers who have so far been suffering since the EU vote. Here at the blog we try and keep clients up to date with the latest news and trends in the market that could influence your decisions on when to buy or sell currency.

The key news driving the GBPAUD this week has been events in the United States with the movement on the stock market and the US dollar triggering some big swings on USD/AUD, which in turn has seen some big movements on GBPAUD. As the Australian dollar lost ground to the US dollar which strengthened following uncertainty over the stock market, the Aussie was weakened against the pound. This is what saw GBPAUD hit the highs of last week.

Flip this all around the soothe of the those stock market fears this week has seen the US dollar lose value as investors have confidence to reinvest in more profitable shores elsewhere like stocks. This has seen the Aussie gain back some ground against the pound. Other factors on the GBPAUD pairing include the Australian Unemployment data released overnight, whilst this didn’t directly see movement on the Aussie it is important.

In underlining the strength of the Australian labour market it leaves the door open to further rate hikes this year but generally the market does not appear likely to want to factor in any hikes. Raising interest rates in Australia almost appears to be necessary in some respects but could prove very damaging.

What we may see is markets gently realising any hikes are unlikely and this could weaken the Aussie. Couple this with some strength fort he pound and GBPAUD could easily test that 1.80 level. If you are looking to make any transfer at 1.80 please speak to us about all of your options and the best way forward to maximise and capitalise on any position you will need to consider.

To learn more please contact myself Jonathan Watson on jmw@currencies.co.uk and I can outline our service and a strategy to suit your situation.

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.

If you’re in the process of looking to transfer Australian Dollars and would like to save money compared to using your own bank then contact me directly for a free quote.

Having worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers for 15 years I am confident not only with being able to offer you better exchange rates but also help you with the timing of your trade.

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

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk 

Inflation to influence GBPAUD exchange rates

Tomorrow morning the UK will release their latest inflation numbers and a slight fall is to be expected. Normally a slight fall would lead to a weakening pound however I expect a fall in inflation could strengthen the pounds position against the Australian dollar. My reasoning is that the Bank of England last week announced they expect inflation to fall and wage growth to rise, which will lead to an interest rate hike. The release is at 9.30am for further information in regards to the inflation release feel free to email me on drl@currencies.co.uk.

Later in the week (Wednesday) Boris Johnson is set to address the public in regards to Brexit. The aim of the speech is to unite remain and leave voters. Past history leads me to think that Mr Johnson may go off topic, especially if he is asked about Michel Barnier’s comments last week. For clients buying Australian dollars with pounds, I would be tempted to take advantage after the inflation numbers and not wait for Mr Johnson’s speech.

Economic data releases are thin for Australia until Thursday at 1.30am in the morning. Unemployment and employment change numbers are to be released. Unemployment numbers are set to fall to 5.3%, which is fantastic for the Australian economy. Employment change numbers are set to show a slight decline however I expect the Unemployment numbers to outweigh the employment change numbers, therefore I expect a positive morning for the Australian dollar.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the future, I would strongly recommend getting in contact to discuss your situation. The company I work offers a proactive service to offering economic information whilst having the ability to offer award winning exchange rates. Feel free to email me with your requirements along with the timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@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.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollar in the upcoming weeks, months or years feel free to email me with the reason for your conversion (company invoice, buying a property) and the timescales you are working to and I will email you with my forecast and the process of using our company drl@currencies.co.uk.

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Will GBPAUD hit 1.80?

GBPAUD rates have retraced the steps higher taken last week when we briefly hit the 1.77 mark. GBPAUD is now back trapped between the 1.73 and 1.74 range we have occupied for much of 2018. Whilst this pairing could break higher on the better news for the Brexit I do feel there is more chance of the levels testing 1.70 and even potentially being driven back into the 1.60’s.

The most important direct news on the Australian dollar is next week’s interest rate decision which could see the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) dropping hints as to when they may next raise interest rates. With tremendous uncertainty over the future direction on monetary policy, there is lots of scope for movement.

The overall expectation for the pound remains that sterling is very much susceptible to future weakness as concerns build over the final outcome from the Brexit plans. As an example, we are about half-way through the Article 50 process ending 29th March 2019, and there are still many vital issues to sort out.

The pound has struggled every time there has been fresh concern over Brexit and it is very difficult to see the next stages progressing without concern. Generally speaking, any deadline for Brexit talks has been missed with late night and last minute meetings usually delivering a final ‘fudged’ and in complete agreement.

The outlook for GBPAUD to rise much higher seems limited to me, I would not be banking on big improvements but the next week will be key. If you have a transfer to make buying or selling the pound and Australian dollar in either direction, perhaps we could offer you some useful information to help maximise your transfer?

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


Is now the time to sell Australian dollars and buy pounds?

In recent weeks the pound has been making gains against the Australian dollar and I expect this trend to continue in the weeks and months to come.

This weeks UK GDP and Average Earnings numbers exceeded expectation which pushed GBPAUD exchange rates back towards 1.77. Over the last 12 months the Bank of England have made it clear that they are concerned with inflation and low average earnings.

Now that average earnings have started to rise and forecasts are suggesting inflation will fall this year due to the boost in the pounds value, futures market are predicting a 50% rate hike in May and a 80% chance of a hike by November by the Bank of England, which should provide further strength for the pound.

Brexit negotiations are also going well for the UK as trade discussions begun this year and in March we will get a full update of how the trade talks are going. It feels that sentiment has also changed as European leaders continue to back the UK. Last week French President Emmanuel Macron announced the UK can have a special trade relationship with the EU and this wee German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking at the Davos summit gave hope to UK businesses when she explained she wants to keep the UK as close to the EU as possible post Brexit.

So all in all it’s looking promising for the UK and the pound. However this doesn’t look like the case down under. Many of the leading banks including Westpac are forecasters a slow down for the Australia as interest rates will remain on hold and commodity prices will fall throughout the year.

Economic indicators are suggesting that the pound will continue to make inroads against the Austrian dollar therefore Australian dollar sellers buying sterling should look to make a transfer sooner rather than later.

If you are buying or selling Australian dollars in the upcoming months and want to achieve rates of exchange that are better than your bank, whilst receiving regular economic information feel free to email me with the currency pair (AUDGBP, AUDEUR, AUDUSD) the reason for the transfer (company invoice, property purchase) the timescales you are working to and I will respond with my forecast and the process of converting currency. My direct email address is drl@currencies.co.uk and I look forward to receiving your email.

What can we expect next for GBPAUD exchange rates?

The pound has risen to some of the best levels against the Australian dollar since December. These levels are not far from the post Referendum high of 1.7950. If you have a transfer to consider buying or selling the pound against the Australian dollar, then making good plans in advance is wise. This currency pair could easily be over 1.80 in the next few weeks or back towards 1.70.

The pound is really driving the recent improvement as expectations over Brexit solidify, the expectation is now that the UK will be able to get some form of softer Brexit. This week at Davos we have had Angela Merkel and also Philip Hammond talking very positively about the future of Brexit, this has helped the pound to rise.

The Australian dollar could come under much interest in the coming weeks as we have the latest Australian interest rate decision. Tuesday morning 6th February sees the first Australian interest rate decision for the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) this year. Expectations are for the RBA to discuss their interest rate plans and some do expect a hike this year.

With the pound bound to come under pressure soon enough from a shift in tone as the reality of Brexit bites back, any clients looking to buy Australian dollars should be tracking these developments very closely. Economic data can cause exchange rates to change suddenly and sometimes by up to 1 or 2 cents. Being able to plan and manage your transfer around such improvements is key to getting the most for your money.

For more information on the latest trends and assistance securing and tracking the very best rates of exchange, please contact myself Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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

Pound maintains its levels against the Australian Dollar after low Retail Sales (Tom Holian)

The Pound has continued to hold on against the Australian Dollar even after some alarmingly low UK Retail Sales data was published on Friday morning.

Retail Sales especially in December are an extremely important indicator of the UK economy as December is when shops try and make their most money.

With the data for December coming out at 1.4% compared to the expectation of 3% the data typically would have seen a much bigger fall in the value of Sterling. However, this highlights that investors seem to be quite happy holding the Pound at the moment.

The US Dollar has weakened to pre-Brexit levels against the Pound and Sterling has held steady against a number of currencies including vs the Australian Dollar which is good news for anyone looking to send money down under.

Indeed, China’s economy also showed signs of growth which again would typically strengthen the Aussie Dollar as China is Australia’s largest trading partner.

However, some sources have suggested that the figures are not entirely accurate as previous economic figures for the year before were inaccurate and overstated.

As we move into next week one of the most crucial days of the week will come on Wednesday when the UK releases the latest set of both Unemployment data as well as Average Earnings.

The jobs market in the UK has been going very well recently hitting the best levels in decades whilst average earnings have been struggling to stay in line with inflation so if you’re in the process of moving Australian Dollars then keep a close eye out on the data release on Wednesday.

If you have a need to make a currency transfer in the coming days, weeks or months 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.

Will the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate break out of its current trend? (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Australian Dollar buying rate is continuing to hover around the 1.73 mark at the mid-market level.

Whilst there have been some short term moves away from this level the pairs movements have been relatively tame for the last few weeks, which is quite a change considering how the pair has moved over the past couple of years.

Since the Brexit vote and the fall in the Pounds value due to the shock of the referendum outcome, the pair have remained range-bound between 1.5950 and 1.7950. With the pair currently trading quite comfortably above 1.70 I think it’s fair to say that the Pound is closer to the top end of its 18-month trend as opposed to the bottom, and those planning on converting Pounds into Aussie Dollars should consider this.

Sentiment surround the Australian economy has been buoyed today after Australian Consumer Confidence figures came out better than expected in the early hours of this morning.

This is the best level since the end of 2013 and if economic data releases and gauges down under continue to impress we could see the Aussie strengthen and push the GBP/AUD rate back below 1.70.

If you’re following the pair and would like to be kept updated should there be a big move for the pair, do feel free to register your interest with me.

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.