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Aussie slightly lower on RBA comments, where next for GBPAUD exchange rates?

The Australian dollar is a little lower this morning as the Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe reiterated that Unemployment was a key factor in any decision to raise interest rates and that for now rates would ‘remain steady’ at 1.5%. The raising and lowering of interest rates is a huge factor driving exchange rates and these comments alongside global events have seen the Aussie a little softer. If you are buying or selling Australian dollars then making some plans around future trends is key to securing the best rates.

Global events are always something to bear in mind with the Australian dollar but more so at present. With the Australian dollar benefiting and suffering as global sentiments on markets rise and fall the latest developments with North Korea and the US dollar are key. Essentially the US dollar is rising because investors are concerned about the prospect of a nuclear war. As the Australian dollar is used by investors because of its high yield (higher interest rates) in times of uncertainty likes this investors will pull their funds and look to invest in ‘safer’ shores, eg the US dollar.

At present this is not overly pronounced, we are only talking a couple of cents off the more recent levels. However any deterioration in the North Korean situation could easily the AUD lose value sharply. There is some important US economic data due at 13.30 UK time today which might lead to some swings on USD/AUD which would in turn influence GBPAUD exchange rates.

All in all I expect the pound to continue to struggle but in the absence of any new fresh bad news and a slightly more dovish RBA, we could see GBPAUD gently drift higher. Next week’s UK Inflation data, Retail Sales, Unemployment and then Australia’s Unemployment data could all be market movers. If you have a transfer now or in 6 months, making some plans around up coming events is key to getting the most for your money.

Whether on amounts of 10,000 GBP or multi-millions, if you have a transfer we can secure preferential commercial rates of exchange and offer practical assistance with the timing of when to lock in a rate.

Thank you for reading and for more information please contact me Jonathan Watson by emailing jmw@currencies.co.uk.

Will GBP/AUD return to its March lows and trade in the 1.50’s once again? (Joseph Wright)

Unfortunately for those planning on exchanging Pounds into Australian Dollars in the short term future, the Pound appears to be on track to return to it’s post-Brexit vote lows.

It was back in March when GBP/AUD broke below 1.60 before recovering. The Pound is coming under pressure against most major currency pairs at the moment with just a few exceptions such as the Swiss Franc.

For those with a need to exchange the Pound into Aussie Dollars its worth noting that the Pound hit fresh lows against the Euro during today’s trading session, so if the Pound to Aussie Dollar rate is to follow suite the pair have another 5 or so cents before that happens.

At 11am tomorrow there could be movement between the GBP/AUD pair as an Inflation Report Hearing in the UK will take place, and due to the inflation levels in the UK currently under the microscope due to the fall in the value of the Pound I expect investors to listen closely for hints at future monetary policy in the UK. I wouldn’t completely rule out an interest rate hike this year if need be and talk of one could provide the Pound with a much needed boost.

On Thursday afternoon there will be a GDP estimate figure for the past 3-months to July, and this release comes after a bout of data on Instruction and Manufacturing which could also impact Sterling/Aussie exchange rates should the outcomes deviate greatly from expectations.

If you have an upcoming currency requirement involving the Pound and Aussie Dollar, do feel free to get in touch as I’ll be happy to discuss our commercial exchange rates with you, along with my opinion on potential future price fluctuations. You can email me an outline of your plans to jxw@currencies.co.uk or even provide with a telephone number if you wish to discuss it as soon as possible. 

A warning from the RBA

The Australian dollar has been the fourth best performing currency out of the top 10 most traded currencies and is 10.2% stonger on average against all of the major currencies since that start of the year. However Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia announced last week that he believes the Australian dollar is overvalued and it’s only a matter of time until this starts to have a negative impact on the Australian economy. The Governor beleieves  GDP growth, inflation could start to fall and jobs might be at risk.

Friday morning the Reserve Bank of Australia released their latest monetary policy statement and the central bank reacted to the overvalued Australian dollar by cutting growth forecasts up until the end of the year by 0.5%. However the Reserve Bank of Australia announced that they are optimistic that economic growth would recover over the next 12 months as long as the currency did not continue to strengthen further.

For clients that are selling Australian dollars to buy pounds, I don’t believe the RBA are in the position to cut interest rates in a bid to devalue the Australian dollar however I expect at any opportunity the Governor of the RBA will talk down the currency in a bid to devalue it, a common practice known as jawboning. As exchange rates have improved 10 cents since the start of June and with such an uncertain time ahead this spike in the market may be worth taking advantage of.

If you are trading GBPAUD this week, month or year I would recommend emailing me with the the reason for the transfer (company goods, property purchase) and your timescales and I will response with the options available to you drl@currencies.co.uk. Alternatively if you would like to discuss your requirements over the phone call 01494-787478 and ask to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

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Sterling climbs against the Aussie Dollar as the RBA warns of strong currency putting pressure on Australian economy (Joseph Wright)

The Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate hit 1.66 in the early hours of this morning, and this was the first time in over 2-weeks that we’ve seen the Pound trade this high.

The headline comments from the Reserve Bank of Australia in the early hours came in the form of a warning, saying that the ‘Aussie’s recent strength has been placing pressure on the Australian economy’ and this resulted in the selling off of AUD.

The RBA appears to be fairly neutral in its outlook for future growth after suggesting that forecasts for the Australian economy remain unchanged (currently at 3% annually).

The fall for the Aussie dollar came after data showed that sentiment within the Manufacturing sector strengthened, along with the positive move of 7% increase in the value of Iron Ore which has given AUD a boost.

It appears that the RBA would prefer a weaker Aussie Dollar and I think that those planning on converting Aussie Dollars into Pounds should consider the gains they’ve seen recently, and whether they think the Aussie can continue to strengthen at its current rate.

This Thursday is likely to be a busy day for Sterling exchange rates as a whole and I expect to see the GBP/AUD rate see volatility. Thursday is being billed as ‘Super Thursday’ and if you would like to discuss why in future detail do feel free to get in touch.

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.

 

Could the Pound fall further against the Australian Dollar? (Tom Holian)

The Pound has been really struggling to make gains vs the Australian Dollar over the last few weeks and since the election when GBPAUD exchange rates were close to 1.70 we have seen a huge drop in the value of Sterling exchange rates.

The Pound is finding it hard against all major currencies recently and the Pound has dropped by over 6% against the Australian Dollar in the last 2 months which is the difference of £6,000 on a transfer of £100,000 highlighting the importance of following the currency market or at least letting a currency broker do that for you.

Economic data in the UK has started to show signs of a slowdown as investor confidence in the UK economy as well as Sterling has started to fall.

UK GDP published on Wednesday showed a fall to 1.7% for the second quarter. This was in line with the expectation but the real problem is that the Brexit fears are slowly started to become realised.

The US and Chinese economy continue to post strong results which in turn in helping the strength of the Australian Dollar vs the Pound.

With the RBA unsure when to raise interest rates the meeting on Thursday by the Bank of England could be crucial as to the short term trend for GBPAUD exchange rates.

The likelihood is that we’ll see a change in the vote from last month which showed 5-3 in favour of a rate hike. If we see a fall in the appetite then I think this will send the Pound lower vs the Australian Dollar so keep a close eye out on the announcement later in the week.

 

If you have a 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 (Tom Holian) on teh@currencies.co.uk and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as I can.

Australian Dollar remains strong, but Aussie Dollar sellers should be wary of the RBA’s attempts to weaken it! (Joseph Wright)

In the last month alone the Aussie Dollar has gained an impressive 4% against the US Dollar, and the currency has also manged to find itself trading at the top end of it’s post-Brexit levels against the Pound.

It has also become clear that the Reserve Bank of Australia is skeptical to make amendments to the current interest rate through fear of affecting the housing market. Property prices are overheating down under, especially in the east-coast and a change could create a dramatic impact so I believe there won’t be a change for a while.

The Pound has been underperforming recently which has accentuated the losses for the GBP to AUD rate, and although I think there’s a chance we could see the RBA attempt to talk down the Aussie Dollar and economy in order to keep the currency from becoming even more overvalued, I would rule out a move back down the lowest levels since the Brexit vote of 1.59.

If you are planning on exchanging Aussie Dollars into Pounds and think the rate could become even further favourable, it may be worth looking into setting up a Limit Order in order to try and trade at a higher rate should it become available. I’ll be happy to discuss this in further detail should you wish to.

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.

Pound to Australian Dollar improves despite IMF downgrade, is this a sign that the Pound is oversold? (Joseph Wright)

I wrote last week about how some analysts as well as members of the Reserve Bank of Australia are becoming concerned that the Aussie Dollar is becoming overvalued and higher than it perhaps should be, and I believe we will continue to hear similar commentary in the upcoming months.

Earlier in the year the Pound to Aussie rate hit the mid 1.70’s whereas the pair are now trading closer to 1.50 than 1.60. Since the Brexit the lowest the pair have fallen to is to a mid-market level of 1.59 so i don’t think we can rule out another move to these low levels as we don’t require the GBP/AUD pair to do something they haven’t in recent history.

In the early hours of this morning the Pound started off on the back foot after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded both the UK and the US growth forecasts for the rest of this year.

Throughout the day though the Pound has climbed, not just against the Aussie but across the board as the Pound as gained against all major currency pairs today.

Despite this boost I think that we could see the Pound trade at lower levels, especially if the UK inflation rate continues to under-perform and the likelihood of a rate hike from the Bank of England continues to dwindle.

If you have a 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.

Australian dollar predictions against sterling

Over the last two weeks the Australian dollar has been making inroads against the pound and GBPAUD exchange rates have plummeted 7 cents. To put this into monetary terms for any clients that are purchasing Australian dollars with pounds a 400,000 Australian dollar purchase will now cost just under an additional £10,000. However on the other hand for clients converting Australian dollars into pounds this is certainly something to smile about.

The latest minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia gave no clear indication that the RBA will be  raising interest rates anytime soon however the minutes were seen as bullish as it is clear that the next move will be to follow the trend of other central banks and raise the base rate.

UK inflation data disappointed last week which has relieved some of the pressure the Bank of England were receiving. The Bank of England set an inflation goal of 2% and at present even with the drop, inflation sits at 2.6%. Many economists were predicting if inflation rose above 3% we would get clear direction from the Governor of the Bank of England and an interest rate hike early next year was likely. However with inflation now falling the chances of a rate hike have diminished.

Since the UK public decided to vote out of the EU, the pound has lost approximately 15% against all of the major currencies. Brexit negotiations I believe will continue to weigh down on the pound for the foreseeable future as I don’t believe a deal will be struck anytime soon in regards to the divorce settlement or the rights of EU citizens living in the UK.

Therefore for Australian dollar buyers purchasing currency on the back of a positive move would be my strategy as I do not foresee any substantial gains being made over the upcoming months. Australian dollar sellers may wish to take advantage of the 7 cent spike in their favour or should continue to monitor the market and try to covert in the 1.50s.

However Australian dollar sellers should be cautious as the National Bank of Australia believe the Australian dollar is overvalued which I actually agree with. At the moment currency investment continues to land on Australian shores due to the high interest rates.

The main data releases to look out for this week are UK GDP numbers Wednesday morning which are set to show a decline which could lead to further sterling weakness and the Federal Reserve interest rate decision Wednesday evening. It is unlikely the Fed will raise interest rates and I expect a neutral statement by Janet Yellen shortly after. This could lead to a further sell off of US dollars and the Australian dollar could benefit.

For people that are converting pounds and Australian dollars for the first time, it is essential that you get the very best exchange rates. If you have used a brokerage for many years or have been referred a brokerage I strongly recommend you compare rates to make sure you get the best price possible and therefore save money. This simple exercise takes two minutes and in the past I have saved clients hundreds and in some instances thousands of pounds.

My direct email is drl@currencies.co.uk Dayle Littlejohn. Alternatively call me Monday morning on 0044 1494 787 478 and ask the reception team to be put through to Dayle Littlejohn.

Could the Aussie make further gains vs the Pound? (Tom Holian)

The Australian Dollar has gone from strength to strength recently vs the Pound as the economic and political uncertainty caused by the Brexit continues to put the Pound under pressure.

Next week there are a number of data releases that could have a big impact on GBPAUD exchange rates. The biggest day of the week will come on Wednesday when the Reserve Bank of Australia publishes Australian inflation data.

Inflation is a key factor in a central bank’s decision when it comes to moving interest rates so this could be a big influence as to what direction the RBA moves in when it comes to moving interest rates in the future.

After inflation data the UK releases second quarter GDP data. This will cover the period of the general election as well as when the Brexit talks were officially started so I think this data will be lower than the expectation of 1.7% year on year which in my opinion could lead to the Pound falling against the Australian Dollar.

We end the day with arguably one of the biggest events of the month when the US Federal Reserve publish their latest interest rate decision. The US economy has been very strong recently and typically when the US performs well this encourages global investors to increase their attitude to risk.

The value of the Australian Dollar is often improved when the data is positive in the US so we could see a very positive day for the Australian Dollar vs the Pound during Wednesday so make sure you’re prepared if you want to take advantage of the movements for GBPAUD exchange rates.

I work for one of the UK’s longest established currency brokers and I’m able to offer you bank beating exchange rates so if you would like further information or a free quote when buying or selling Australian Dollars then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

Reserve Bank of Australia appear unhappy with ‘overvalued’ Australian Dollar, will they take action? (Joseph Wright)

The Aussie Dollar has not only gained a substantial amount of value against the Pound in recent months, but also against most other major currency pairs.

With the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) already suggesting that there will be no further interest rate changes this year, they now have the issue of an overvalued currency which is a negative for an economy like Australia’s due to it being so heavily export driven.

The reason the RBA is unlikely to amend the interest rate is due to fears of a heavy impact on the already overheating housing market, as making mortgages easier to come by would most likely cause even further issues for house prices down under and especially on the East coast.

The Australian Dollar is now this year’s best-performing major currency so those looking to exchange AUD into another currency should bear this in mind.

Moving forward I think there’s a chance that we could see members of the RBA attempt to jawbone the currency as they will be looking to keep Aussie exports competitive.

The Pound is coming under pressure as Brexit negotiations take place this week in Brussels, and I think there is always the chance of a update on these which could move the markets.

If you have a 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.