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Australian Dollar Boosted on Strong Growth Report (James Lovick)

Australian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers released yesterday have helped support the Australian dollar after a strong number was produced. GDP rose by 0.9% which was higher than expected due to higher consumer spending which is lending support to the dollar. On an annual basis the figures have highlighted the fastest growth since 2012. Whilst the data presents a positive outlook the implications of the current trade wars are unlikely to have yet been realised.

Chinese import and export data this weekend could see a big market reaction for the Australian dollar. With heavy trade tariffs imposed on US and Chinese imports there are fears this could filter through into the wider global economy. Any signs that China’s economy is slowing down could see the Aussie come under renewed pressure. The trade wars between these two superpowers show no signs of easing at this time and so the outlook for the Aussie looks less stable. There is a high chance this could hamper the Aussie going forward with room for a sizeable drop.

GBP AUD

Rates for GBP AUD have seen a boost higher this week with rates jumping higher to 1.80 for the pair. In fact the pair has risen by around 7 cents since the beginning of August creating a good opportunity for those clients looking to buy Australian dollars. The pound was boosted against the Australian dollar yesterday on reports that Germany and the UK were softening their stances with regards wording for the withdrawal agreement although this proved short lived.

Politics and Brexit are the number on driving force for GBP AUD and now that parliament has resumed after the summer recess then these next few months will be paramount in the future direction for the pair. I am expecting a hugely volatile few months and with this come opportunity for buyers and sellers alike.

For more information on the Australian dollar and how to make the most of any market movement when either buying or selling Australian dollars then please feel free to contact me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar Forecast – Trump Agrees Zero Tariffs with EU (James Lovick)

The pound has made a small recovery against the Australian dollar with rates back over 1.77 for the GBP AUD pair. The ongoing theme for the Australian dollar in recent weeks has been the trade war story which has stemmed from trade policy decisions made by US President Donald Trump. The latest in the story is that the President has now agreed with the EU tariff free trade between the US and EU. Whilst this does not directly have an impact on the Australian economy it does signal a change in tact by President Trump and could suggest there is light at the end of the tunnel in this escalation of trade tariffs with China. The concern for the Aussie is that if there is a global trade war then the commodity currencies could suffer so any softening in trade policy coming out of the US could actually be seen as good for the Australian dollar.

Economic data from down under has been stronger in this last month with retail sales and consumer confidence performing better than expected. The recent employment data was strong and highlighted a buoyant workforce which has also proved beneficial for the Australian dollar.

Now that the British parliament has ended for the summer recess there are unlikely to be any major developments on Brexit until the end of August or early September. The pound has been left on a weaker footing after the high profile resignations in government and some concern over the dreaded no deal scenario. Clients looking to buy Australian dollars could find some better opportunities on the horizon if a deal can be reached on Brexit, but we are still probably a few months away from such an outcome.

For assistance in making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars at the best rates then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar Strength – Economic Outlook Positive

The Australian dollar is in a much better place at present finding considerable support including having made gains in excess of 3% against the pound in the last month. Australian Gross Domestic Product has performed very well climbing to 3.1% in the first quarter of 2018 which has restored some confidence in the Aussie. A small boost in global growth and specifically in the Chinese economy seems to be paying dividends for the Australian dollar and this rally may have further to go. Chinese retails sales data next week could create some market reaction and a strong number could prove beneficial for the Aussie.

As things stand the dollar has not been as adversely affected from the trade tariffs imposed between China and the US. The advantage for Australia is that it shares very close trade ties with China so unless a global trade war escalates that drags Australia in too then this relationship could in fact boost the dollar further. Clients looking to sell Australian dollars for pounds are seeing a much better opportunity to convert and may wish to consider taking the risk out of the volatile currency markets. Rates for AUD GBP are sitting at 1.7680 and are considerably better than the 1.85 highs seen in recent months.

Those clients looking to buy Australian dollars with pounds should pay very close attention to developments in British politics next week. The Brexit withdrawal bill is finally going to go through the House of Commons and will be voted on. If UK Prime Minister Theresa May is unable to push through her vision of Brexit should Conservative rebels vote against what was in the manifesto then this could spell danger For the Prime Minister and the government. Any vote of no confidence pushed by Labour could see major volatility for sterling exchange rates and major market reaction.

For assistance in making transfer when either buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me at jll@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar after New Trump Tariffs (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar looks set for another volatile period after the announcement this afternoon for US tariffs to be imposed against the EU, Canada and Mexico. US President Donald Trump is moving forward with tariffs on steel and aluminium imports which could result in a trade war across the globe. The Australian dollar could see a period of weakness if this outcome materialises as the Aussie is a higher risk currency and generally performs worse in times of global uncertainty. Things could escalate quickly as the EU have made clear it will look to apply tariffs on American brands such as bourbon whiskey and Levi’s jeans. The US tariffs will take effect at midnight this evening so there could be some considerable volatility when the Australian markets open and a particularly volatile end to the week.

The Aussie did come under added pressure at the start of the week following developments in Italy which could have seen fresh elections. The outlook in Italy has improved throughout the week although it wouldn’t take much to see tension rise and an anti-establishment push from the two new parties seeking to form a government. Expect more uncertainty for EUR AUD on the back of developments in Italy.

Clients with a GBP AUD requirement should pay very close attention to what is happening in the UK with the ongoing Brexit. Whilst we may have been talking about it for over two years the process is about to become very interesting in these coming weeks as a vote on the Brexit withdrawal bill in the House of Commons approaches. There are whispers of a potential vote of no confidence in the government if UK Prime Minister Theresa May is defeated and this scenario could see major volatility for GBP AUD exchange rates. Clients looking to buy Australian dollars should plan around this event to avoid disappointment.

For assistance in making transfers either buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar Gains Considerably against the Pound after Bank of England Holds Interest Rates (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar is seeing a volatile time and is continuing to come under renewed pressure having fallen against all of the major currencies yesterday. The Australian dollar has now dropped to the lowest level against the US dollar since June 2017. The reason for the most recent slide is really down to geopolitical concerns over the US pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. With the perceived risk of escalating tensions in the Middle East this is proving negative for the Australian dollar.

The US dollar is strengthening as one would expect in uncertain times especially as the US dollar remains a safe haven currency. The flip side is that the perceive riskier currencies such as the Australian dollar do not perform as well with funds moving out of Australia. The outlook for retail sales in Australia is not looking too bright at the moment either which is also keeping the dollar at bay.

GBP AUD

The Bank of England held interest rates today as widely expected although the pound has fallen dramatically against the Australian dollar today with rates dropping below 1.80 for the GBP AUD pair. There is currently an excellent opportunity for those clients looking to sell Australian dollars for pounds. The Bank of England have cited Brexit uncertainty as reason not to hike after a poor run of economic data.

Those clients looking to buy Australian dollars with pounds could see some better opportunities to come although Brexit uncertainty could still prove to a burden for the price of sterling. Any wobbles here in the negotiations could see a drop for sterling although it must be said that the outlook on Brexit is starting to look considerably better and negotiations are now in the third and final round.

Over the water the Reserve Bank of New Zealand held interest rates last night but was interesting to hear is that the new Governor Adrian Orr signalled no desire to raise interest rates. In fact he cited inflation as too low and that it would need to rise to 2% before the central bank considered raising interest rates, something the bank does not foresee happening until late 2019. There are some similarities between the New Zealand and Australian economies as they are both commodity currencies and in my view this is a signal that Australia too is unlikely to hike any time soon. With no rate hikes on the horizon down under this is likely to be negative for the Australian dollar.

For more information on the Australian dollar and how to time your own transfer when either buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me at jll@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar Weakens on Uncertain Outlook (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar remains under pressure having fallen to a 4 month low following a decline in commodity prices including the price of metals. The US dollar has also seen a rise in US bond yields and this is something that impacts negatively on the Aussie. The Australian dollar has traditionally performed well when global investors have invested their funds into the higher yielding Australian dollar when interest rates have been considerably higher than in the US for example. The tide has turned now though after the US has begun raising interest rates and looks set to continue doing so throughout 2018. Funds have been moving out of the Aussie and back to the safety of the US dollar which has resulted in a stronger US dollar and a weaker Aussie.

The trade tariffs which have been imposed by the US and China also weigh heavily on the Australian dollar due to the wealth of raw materials down under and also considering the volume of exports that go to China. Any further signals that trade could slow down and impact negatively on global growth could see the Australian dollar weaken further.

In my view any progress on NAFTA which covers the trade agreement between the US, Mexico and China could end up having a positive impact on the Aussie if a positive trade arrangement can be reached. Pressure is mounting to have a decisions made by the time of the Mexican elections in the summer which could make for an interesting period ahead. Those clients looking to buy Australian dollars with pounds are seeing excellent prices available which are close to 1.85 for the pair. The Bank of England interest rate decision in May is also likely to throw up some sunrises and the rate hike that had been promised is no longer a certainty. In my view it is more likely the Bank of England will pause which could see GBP AUD come under some pressure.

For more information on buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me James at jll@currencies.co.uk

Will the Pound continue to improve against the Australian Dollar?

Sterling is now trading close to its best level against the Australian Dollar in almost two years as the Australian economy continues to shows signs of a struggle.

Australian inflation data is released on Tuesday and this could provide us with evidence of what the RBA may need to do in terms of monetary policy in the near future.

The RBA is under pressure at the moment as it appears as though the country is split between the east and the west with the western economy showing signs of a real slowdown compared to what is happening in both Sydney and Melbourne.

With the western part of the country so entrenched in the mining industry any slowdown in China will often cause the Australian Dollar to weaken and this is in part one of the reasons for the recent period of Australian Dollar weakness.

The Australian Dollar has also been affected by the decision made in the US to continue in their course of raising interest rates. In previous years Australia has had one of the highest interest rate yields available in the developed world.

However, the US has now overtaken them and this has caused global investors to move their money away from Australia and this has seen Sterling break past 1.83 during the course of this week providing some excellent opportunities to send money down under.

With the Bank of England due to meet on 10th May I think there is a strong chance of a rate hike coming in the UK as well and this could see further strength for the Pound vs the Australian Dollar. Therefore, if you’re considering selling Australian Dollars to buy Pounds it may be worth getting things organised in the near future.

For further information about how to save money when exchanging Australian Dollars and if you’d like to save money compared to using your own bank then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

GBP AUD Exchange Rates Rally on Uncertainty for Commodity Currencies (James Lovick)

The Australian dollar has weakened again after coming under pressure from the recent trade tariffs being imposed by China and the US. The Australian dollar as a commodity currency is impacted negatively when there is a threat to global growth and that risk is very real in the current climate. With tit for tat trade tariffs being imposed by both nations there have been concerns that things could escalate and end up in a global trade war.

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a conciliatory speech this morning and even suggested opening trade which would include a reduction on import tariffs on vehicles and even hinted at encouraging imports. It follows a tweet from Trump yesterday which highlighted that China has been slapping on tariffs to the tune of 25% whilst in the US that tariff has only been 2.5%

I don’t think anyone is expecting a fully blown trade war but there is still some nervousness about the trade disputes which also moves into the realms of the NAFTA trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico. The Canadian dollar is another commodity currency also feeling the pinch and how Trump handles these negotiations will almost certainly have a knock on effect on the Aussie.

Those clients looking to buy Australian dollars with pounds could see some more positive movement as the trade disputes intensify but at some point an outcome should be reached and this should be beneficial for the Aussie. Rates for GBP AUD are hovering around 1.83 and are proving to be some of the best levels we have seen for some time. A rally in commodity prices on brighter global outlook could see material gains for the Aussie and reverse the good gains that have been witnessed.

For more information on Australian dollar exchange rates and assistance in making a transfer either buying or selling Australian dollars then please get in touch with me at jll@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar on the ropes vs the Pound during March. – is there further weakness ahead in April? (Tom Holian)

The Pound has had one of its best months in recent times against the Australian Dollar hitting the best rate to buy Australian Dollars with Pounds since June 2016 when the EU referendum was announced.

The Australian Dollar has been struggling with an imbalance between the western part of the country where the mining industry appears to be slowing down whilst the east coast cities seem to be performing better.

The issue for the Reserve Bank of Australia is how they will be able to manage monetary policy going forward. The RBA is due to meet next Tuesday and I think the tone will be very dovish and any talk of a rate hike will be a long time coming.

Inflation has been struggling and the economy is showing signs of a slowdown in Australia and this is another reason for the weakness of the Australian Dollar with GBPAUD rates hitting 1.85 earlier on this week.

America now has a higher interest rate than Australia and this has meant global investors has begun to bypass the previously attractive yield available down under in favour of placing money in the US.

The trade wars between the US and China have caused big problems for the Aussie Dollar and I think there could be worse to come with this particular topic as Trump has already been rather vocal about putting America first.

Meanwhile the economic data from the UK has been improving and only recently the Bank of England announced a 7-2 vote in favour of keeping interest rates on hold which suggests a rate hike may be coming fairly soon with odds relatively high of a rate hike coming in May.

On Wednesday Australia announces the latest Retail Sales data and I think this could come out lower than expected putting further pressure on the Australian Dollar vs the Pound.

Therefore, if you’re in the process of buying Australian Dollars it may be worth holding on until later on next week.

However, if you’re selling Australian Dollars it may be worth organising this very soon.

If you would like further information about how to save money on exchange rates or you would like a free quote then email me directly with your requirements and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Pound hits referendum high to buy Australian Dollars (Tom Holian)

As predicted in a number of my previous articles covering the Pound vs the Australian Dollar I did say that I thought we could see GBPAUD rates break through 1.80 this month.

During Friday’s trading session my prediction came true after the one of the RBA members Debelle suggested that Australian interest rates are likely to be kept on hold for quite some time to come.

This saw GBPAUD rates move past 1.80 creating some excellent opportunities to buy Australian Dollars with Sterling.

Indeed, the Pound had a good week against most of its counterparts in anticipation of a lot of movement during the course of next week.

On Tuesday the UK releases its latest inflation figures for year on year with the latest Consumer Price Index for February.

Inflation is currently at 2.9% which is a long way above the target of 2% so another high reading could provide support for another interest rate hike in the UK.

Indeed, interest rates were raised towards the end of 2017 following a long run of high inflation so on Tuesday this could provide further justification of another rate hike currently 75% priced in for May.

On Wednesday UK unemployment figures are due to be published which are close to the lowest since records began over 40 years ago. However, one issue is that of Average Earnings which will be announced at the same time as the jobs data. Wages are struggling to keep up with inflation so this could see a potential banana skin for the Pound.

On Thursday the Bank of England will announce their latest monetary policy and although there is almost no chance of a rate hike if there are any suggestions of this coming in the near future I expect Sterling to rise in the value against the Australian Dollar.

However, arguably the biggest impact for anyone with an Australian Dollar requirement will come on Thursday when the EU Summit takes place. At the moment the future of the UK’s relationship with the European Union is very uncertain and uncertainty often results in heightened volatility.

Therefore, if you’re concerned about what may happen it may be worth getting things organised prior to Thursday.

If you would like further information about how to save money when buying or selling Australian Dollars and would like a free quote then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Email me directly Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk