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Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast (Daniel Johnson)

Inflation & US/China trade war a concern for Australian Dollar Investors

The Pound has lost ground against the Australian Dollar of late which can be largely attributed to the lack of clarity surrounding Brexit.  Australia has had it’s own trouble however.  Inflation continues to be a problem down under and it is still some way behind the Reserve Bank of Australia’s  (RBA) 2-3% target. The RBA cut rates earlier in the year to 1% in an attempt to combat inflation and there is the possibility of further rate cuts during 2019. The next interest rate decision is due during the early hours of tomorrow and although rates are expected to remain unchanged the statement following the decision from the RBA could influence markets if it is again reiterated there is the possibility of further cuts later down the road.

The heavy reliance on China purchasing Australia’s exports is also causing problems for the Australian Dollar. As the US impose increased tariffs on China, China’s growth slows which in turn has a knock on effect to the Australian economy. Investors are choosing to move away from riskier commodity based currencies in favour of save haven currencies such as the Swiss Franc or US Dollar.

Increasing probability of a Brexit No Deal

Despite the problems in Australia, Sterling still could face further losses. Boris continues to threaten no deal and stated last week he would be ‘turbocharging’ preparations to leave the EU without a deal. Boris is using the threat of a no deal as ammunition to gain a more favourable deal on Brexit. Basically speaking however, the higher the probability of a no deal the weaker you would expect the Pound to become. Brussels stance remains unchanged again reiterating there will be no concessions to the current deal on the table. It is not in Brussels interest to let the UK leave with a decent deal, they do not want other members of the bloc to consider following suit.

The timeline is also a concern. The parliamentary recess concludes 3rd September leaving less than 8 weeks to get a deal in place, keep in mind Theresa May had two and a half years. According to Bet Fair there is a 57% chance of a general election, if you look at when previous elections have taken place the currency in question tends to considerably weaken.  The British 2010 general election serves as testament to this.

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 authorised 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 . (Daniel Johnson) Thank you for reading

GBP/AUD rate remain under pressure as Bank of England cuts growth forecast

The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate remains close to the lowest levels seen in over 6-months as pressure continues to mount on the Pound across the board of major currency pairs. Since becoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ramped up the no-deal Brexit rhetoric and this has rattled the markets which has seen the Pound lose considerable value over the past month or so as his appointment as Prime Minister became a forgone conclusion.

Yesterday the Bank of England opted to hold interest rates where they currently are, but the highlight of the day was BoE governor Mark Carney’s warnings regarding the economic outlook for the UK economy now that a no-deal is looking increasingly likely.

The BoE now expects to see a 33% chance of a recession due to Brexit uncertainty, and earlier in the day the new government outlined plans to spend up to £2.1bn on no-deal Brexit preparations which demonstrates the intent of the new government.

The growth forecast for the UK this year has been cut to 1.3% from the previous 1.6% expectations, and much of the slowing economy is being put down to both uncertainty as well as a lack of foreign investment.

Moving forward we could also see the Aussie Dollar come under pressure, as this week US President Donald Trump has outlined plans for additional tariffs on China and trade talks between the two appear to have stalled once again which has seen a global stock market sell-off. A slowing of the Chinese economy would likely result in a weaker AUD due to the interconnectedness of the two economies.

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.

Australian dollar forecast – Will the Aussie weaken?

The Australian dollar has been stronger in recent weeks as investors back the currency, following a series of events which were originally predicted to weaken the currency. Firstly, we saw the trade wars of the last 2 years escalating to the point the Australian central bank were keen to cut interest rates. This saw pound to Australian dollar exchange rates rise to almost 1.88 on the interbank rate. We are currently 1.77, and part of the reason for this is a much stronger Australian currency.

The pound has also weakened following the continued uncertainty relating to the Brexit, which so far has seen the pound losing value as no-deal Brexit becomes more likely, as both Conservative leadership candidates look to keep a no-deal Brexit as an option. It has been said Boris is perhaps more keen on no-deal, with the possibility of him as leader opening a greater prospect of this market viewed, potentially pound sinking option.

This week will see increased news also on Australian interest rate prospects, with the latest Speech by RBA (Reserve Bank Australia) Assistant Governor Kent potentially offering up some news. The market is eagerly awaiting to see if the RBA will be looking to cut levels again in the future, the market has been getting mioxed signals with Chinese growth coming in at 27-year low, but still continuing world beating growth and creating demand for Australian exports.

GBPAUD levels could be influenced by the latest news on the Brexit from the new UK Prime Minister, who will be announced tomorrow morning, before being sworn in on Wednesday evening with a speech planned for around 5pm. Any clients with an interest in GBPAUD exchange rates have plenty of news to be conscious of for this week ahead, please do contact our team to learn more.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you soon, Jonathan Watson – jmw@currencies.co.uk

Australian dollar forecast: Will the Australian dollar weaken ahead?

The latest movements on the Australian dollar have seen the currency slightly stronger as investors buy into the Aussie following a more optimistic outlook on the Trade War concerns, plus the lack of any more immediate cuts from the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia).  The RBA in their commentary have seen potential for more cuts ahead but have not directly signalled them, hence the Aussie rising.

Clients looking to any Australian dollar transfers might wish to consider the latest developments in these scenarios, as whilst to a degree the potential for the Aussie to weaken is present, the actual turn of events does not seem to be causing this. Allow me to elaborate! Generally, the cutting of interest rates will cause the currency concerned to weaken.

Therefore, with the RBA cutting interest rates, it might be perceived that the Australian dollar would weaken. However, with the RBA not looking to make any more immediate cuts, the currency has actually strengthened. The cutting of rates up ahead could be a factor that would weaken the Australian dollar in the future, clients looking to buy or sell Australian dollars up ahead might benefit from a quick review of their situation with one of our team.

The Trade Wars are another example of the uncertainty up ahead that whilst generally negative for the Australian currency, have also been more positive for the currency lately. The Australian dollar is trading at some of the best rates this year against the pound as the uncertainty of Brexit, plus the recent optimism for the Aussie dollar itself, all helps to lead to the rate dipping below 1.80, into the 1.79’s.

The Australian dollar has not completely shifted the potential for weakness, but with the potential for further cuts ahead, and also the trade wars still possibly an issue in the future. If you have a Australian dollar transfer for the future, and wish for some of the latest news concerning the rates and the market, please do get in touch.


Australian Dollar Forecast : Will the Australian dollar rise or fall in July?

The Australian dollar has been under some scrutiny as the market gears itself up for two major events which might move the market, there is a growing pressure regarding the uncertainty surrounding the G20 Summit, plus an uncertainty surrounding the outlook from the RBA. The Australian dollar is driven through a variety of domestic and global events, I would not be surprised to see a turbulent week in early July.

There is a very important G20 meeting taking place currently, which may see the Trade Wars topic being discussed, a key factor on the Australian dollar rate since it links back to sentiments on global trade. The Trade Wars have seen the Aussie rise in fall in value, as the market appreciates or dislikes the progress and develops on the trade issues. As a major exporter to China, the Australian economy is sensitive to any news that might help or hinder the Chinese economy.

Domestically, the prospect of Australia lowering rates could see the currency weaker, as the RBA seek to cut interest rates following some weaker inflation data and concerns about the Australian economy. The Australian economy has been waning under various pressures, including the fact its economy has been growing without recession for 27 years. At some point the economy will suffer and struggle, much of the growth in Australia is attributable to China and its dominance, signs of a slowdown could see the RBA cutting interest rates next month.

All in all, it looks like a very interesting time for the Australian currency. The market is becoming increasingly concerned over the future outlook for the Australian economy domestically but also how global events will shape the market. If you have a transfer to make in the coming days, months and weeks, please don’t hesitate to speak to me directly to learn what else is driving the market.

Thank you for reading and best wishes.

Jonathan Watson


Australian dollar forecast : Australian dollar remains in the firing line!

The Australian dollar was always looking like it may struggle in the month of May, and so it has proved to be the case. A series of domestic and global events have all led to increased pressure on the Australian currency, as investors fear over the more immediate political and economic outlook.

On the side of the domestic issues facing Australia, there are numerous economic concerns including inflation being at a 16-year low with stagnating Unemployment a further concern. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has because of this been under pressure to cut interest rates and it is widely expected will cut at future meetings.

The raising and lowering of interest rates is a big factor in the strength and weakness of a currency, the current projection for lower interest rates down under will only serve to put more pressure on the currency in the future.

Politics is also key in Australia with the national elections due on the 18th May, there is a concern this could be a Labour government which would potentially see the Australian currency weaker. There has been a growing concern over the economic outlook and a Labour government and their spending plans could easily see a weaker currency.

Finally, the global events which are also concerns for the Australian dollar are numerous. This includes the trade wars between the US and China which could see the lack of any agreement weighing on global sentiment and hamper trade confidence in the global economy. As a global currency, the Australian dollar will weaken in times of uncertainty over the global economic outlook and the trade wars are a great example of this.

Moving forward, the Australian dollar looks like it will remain under some pressure and could easily weaken further. A sudden change in sentiment could easily develop however, and clients looking to predict and track movements on this currency should be aware of the potential for a sudden reversal.

To discuss strategy and ensure that you are fully up to date with the latest trends and themes in the market, please don’t hesitate to contact me Jonathan Watson to discuss further on jmw@currencies.co.uk.

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

Australian Dollar boosted as RBA chooses not to hike interest rates just yet!

The currency markets were dealt a surprise in the early hours of this morning, as the Reserve Bank of Australia opted to hold interest rates at the current record low levels of 1.50%.

Over recent months inflation levels have stagnated, prompting a number of economists to predict another cut in interest rates which last week helped push the Pound to Australian Dollar up up to within 1-cent from the annual high, which is 1.8881. Despite keeping rates on hold the RBA did has kept the door open regarding rate hikes, and there will now large emphasis on employment figures along with inflation levels which could impact AUD exchange rates moving forward.

Retail sales is another area of the market that I expect to be followed closely, as retailers had their worst quarter in 7-years in the first quarter of this year.

Markets will continue to watch the Pound closely, and as we saw towards the end of last week the markets are sensitive towards Brexit related updates as this topic is the main driver for GBP exchange rates at the moment. On Friday GBP/EUR amongst other major pairs hit a 1-month high when the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn of Labour, stated that parliament must break the deadlock over Brexit and ‘get a deal done’ to exit the EU.

Talks have been ongoing behind the scenes regarding a deal, so moving forward I expect this matter to have an influence on the Pound’s value along with an speculation regarding PM May’s position.

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 vs Australian Dollar Forecast and the impact of inflation and an election

The Australian Dollar has been performing a little better as of late vs the Pound however things could be different over the next few days when Australia releases its latest inflation data.

Expectations are for a fall from 1.8% to 1.5% and if this happens I think we could see some Australian Dollar weakness ahead.

The reason is that if inflation falls this could put pressure on the Reserve Bank of Australia to consider cutting interest rates in the near future.

The Australian economy has been under pressure during the last few months for a number of reasons with one big factor that of the housing market.

Property prices across the country have fallen and a central bank will often look at cutting interest rates in order to give the sector a boost.

The impact of an interest rate cut usually results in weakness for the currency involved and that is why I think the Pound could increase on Wednesday when the RBA announces the latest inflation data.

However, although I think the Australian Dollar could weaken I do think that the RBA will keep rates the same over the next few weeks as we are just over a month away from the next elections in Australia and a central bank will often keep monetary policy the same as changing it can result in a lot of uncertainty for markets especially when an election takes place.

The Labour party down under is gaining more votes and this is not popular for big business as the result would likely to be increased taxation and this could be another reason why the Australian Dollar could suffer if the party wins next month.

If you would like to save money on exchange rates when buying or selling Australian Dollars and 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 this week?

The Australian dollar exchange rate has been trending lower in 2019 on the increased expectation that we will in the future see the RBA, Reserve Bank of Australia cut their base interest rate. Numerous commentators have for now many months been commenting that we could soon see the RBA forced to take action against numerous global and domestic factors.

In Australia there has been a growing concern over Inflation levels which the RBA had targetted to see at 2-3% but has been averaging around 1.5%. To boost Inflation levels which are now at close to 10 year lows, the RBA might need to cut interest rates to help provide some stimulus to the economy.

Cutting interest rates by a central bank can do various things which can help an economy to grow. Firstly, it can make the currency cheaper to buy which can help the country to increase exports, thereby improving the economy. Secondly, it makes loans and borrowing less costly which can encourage business and consumers to spend more, thereby increasing economic activity.

The currency becomes less valuable from the cutting of interest rates in a similar fashion to the way a lower or higher rate of interest makes a particular savings account more or less attractive.

Interest rates are of importance on the Australian dollar and are a major factor in determining the relative strength or weakness of the currency. There is a growing expectation that we could in the future see the RBA cut rates which will see the currency weaker.

It is not just the domestic issues of a sluggish economy, it is also the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the more global problems and concerns which are relating to the economic outlook on global trade.

A key example is the ongoing Trade Wars and spat between China and also the US, this has seen global trade drop and with China being such a key partner to Australia, could continue to be a major factor.

With such global pressures on trade continuing, as evidenced by the United States Federal Reserve stating they will not be raising interest rates as soon as many thought earlier this year, the Australian dollar might continue to suffer from weakness, as it responds to continuing and ever-changing global shifts.

Brexit chaos continues as Conservative MP’s trigger a vote of no confidence in PM May, will this put pressure on GBP/AUD?

This morning it’s been announced that a vote of no-confidence has been triggered by the Conservative Party after Sir Graham Brady, the Chairman of the 1922 Committee confirmed that he has received at least 48 letters of no-confidence from Conservative MP’s.

The Chairman of the 1922 Committee isn’t required to announce how many letters he’s received but we do know that it’s at least 48 as this number constitutes 15% of the Tory members. Since the news broke the Pound has actually remained unchanged and this is probably because the vote will take place this evening between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm so until shortly afterwards we won’t know the outcome and therefore, the next steps for Brexit.

Since the announcement which was around 7.45 am this morning, there have been a number of Conservative MP’s that have outlined their plans to support May, with the general consensus that a change in leadership this far into the Brexit process would be chaotic. If there are a number of votes against against her though, there is a chance she may resign even if she’s not obliged to owing to the lack of support from her own political party.

May has already given a speech outside Downing Street this morning whereby she’s highlighted that if she’s replaced a new leader would have to delay Brexit, as they wouldn’t have enough time to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement.

With regards to the Pound to Aussie Dollar exchange rate I would expect to see the next potential market movement to come after the vote this evening, with the result expected to be released shortly after the vote.

AUD exchange rates have been influenced over the past week and a half by the concerns that the US-China trade war tensions could resurface, as China is Australia’s main trading partner. Those of our readers planning a GBP/AUD trade should follow this matter as it’s the main driver of AUD value at the moment.

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.