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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 weakens as trade wars hit the headlines

The Australian Dollar can be impacted by global attitude to risk and news that Donald Trump and China are still locked in battle over their trade wars is not helping the value of the currency.

The G20 summit in Japan this weekend will be key for where this may head next, should the rift continue and both sides continue to throw more and more tariffs at each other then this could damage Australian Dollar exchange rates.

Chinese economic data has also had an impact on the Australian Dollar overnight, as inflation posted at a 15 month high last night. Poor economic data from China can have a negative impact on the value of the Australian Dollar due to the strong trading ties and the number of exports from Australia to China. Should China start to struggle then you can tend to see a ripple effect onto the Australian economy so the markets tend to move in advance of this. Chinese Retail Sales figures are released on Friday so this will be one to watch.

In terms of Australian data, we have a few key releases this week with unemployment figures out tomorrow and investors and speculators alike will also be looking out for any hints or comments from members of the RBA as to their plans for what to do next with interest rates.

There are growing expectations that we may see an interest rate cut from the RBA in the near future, and this has the potential to result in the Australian Dollar losing a little ground.

My personal view is that I feel that the Australian Dollar may weaken a little in the coming weeks due to the various points above, so if you have Australian Dollars to buy then it may be one to watch very closely, if you have Australian Dollars to sell then it may be tempting to start considering making a move on soon. Of course with all the worldwide politics going on the market and opinions can change in an instant so it is key if you are in the position where you have an exchange to carry out that you have a proactive broker on your side, with various options on offer.

If you have a transaction to carry out and you would like our assistance then feel free to get in touch with me directly. You can email me on djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be happy to help you.

Austrlian dollar forecast: Is the Austrlian dollar set to lose further value?

Last week yearly Australian inflation fell to 1.3%, when many market forecasters were predicting 1.8%. Lower global oil prices at the back end of 2018 is being labelled as the main contributor. Now that inflation has fallen, bookmakers are predicting that there is a 50% chance that the Reserve Bank of Australia will now cut interest rates next week. Last time yearly inflation dropped this low was in 2016 and former Governor Glenn Stevens cut interest rates. The question is, will Philip Lowe follow suit?

Over the years, when a central bank cuts interest rates we tend to see the currency devalue. Furthermore this can actually happen before the event as speculators begin to second guess the decision. For clients that are selling Australian dollars to buy a foreign currency short term, there is a strong argument to buy your currency sooner rather than later.

Australian dollar to sterling predictions

Even though the Australian dollar could face pressure in the upcoming weeks due to monetary policy decisions, sterling has problems of it’s own. The pound has lost momentum over the last 4 weeks once Theresa May accepted a 6 month extension to the Brexit process. At present the PM and the leader of the opposition continue to negotiate in London and the customs union debate is at the centre of the negotiations. Labour leaders Jeremy Corbyn wants to remain part of a customs union, where as for Theresa May this a red line she is not prepared to back down on.

Personally I believe the PM is running out of time. If she doesn’t want to take part in European elections a decision will have to be made very soon. Therefore I expect her to announce that the negotiations have failed and therefore are over and consequently will give MPs another vote in the commons to try and reach a majority. All in all, it doesn’t look good news for clients holding onto sterling.

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 the currency pair you are converting, 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.



Pound to Australian Dollar: Brexit continues to Dictate GBP/AUD

The Brexit saga continues and now we are looking at an extension. GBP/AUD rates had recently risen to the highest levels since June 2016, breaching 1.88. This can be attributed to positive news surrounding Brexit, rumours were circulating that Brussel’s could make concessions on the Irish border and the chances of a no deal scenario dropped considerably.

PM Theresa May addressed the nation yesterday evening and made a plea to MPs to support her deal ahead of what is likely to be a third and final meaningful vote.

May also confirmed she had written to President of the European Commission, Donald Tusk to request an extension to Article 50. she has requested an extension until 30th June.

She also stated that she would not approve a long term extension to Article 50. This immediately raises the question whether this means she is prepared to step down as Prime minister should her deal be voted down and and then vote for a lengthy extension for talks.

She also said “this House will have to decide how to proceed”, if her deal is rejected for a third time.

If May were to resign you can expect this to hurt Sterling significantly.  GBP/AUD has now dropped into the 1.84s.

 US/China Trade War –  Due to Australia’s heavy reliance on China purchasing its goods and services and slow down in Chinese growth has a kick back on the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar.

The US/China trade war is currently hurting the Australian Dollar and if it were not for Brexit I think Sterling could be making decent gains against the Aussie.

There were rumours the trade war could be resolved by the end of the month, but Trump yesterday threw a spanner in the works saying the following:

“We’re not talking about removing them, we’re talking about leaving them for a substantial period of time,”  “Because we have to make sure that if we do the deal with China that China lives by the deal because they’ve had a lot of problems living by certain deals.”

Brexit will continue to be the key driver on GBP/AUD. I think at this point we are looking at an extension as both parties do not wish to deal with a no deal scenario. I think if an extension is called there will not be any great shakes on the market. If Brussels do give concessions on the Irish border however, expect substantial Sterling strength.

If you have a currency requirement I will be happy to assist. It is crucial to be in touch with an experienced broker if you wish to maximise your return. If you let me know the details of your trade I will endeavour to produce a free, no obligation trading strategy for you. If you have a trade to perform I will also happily provide a free quote and I am confident our rates are among the best in the industry. I would be willing to demonstrate this in form of a comparison with any competitor. You can trade in safety knowing you are dealing with company FCA registered and one that has been trading for 18yrs. Foreign Currency Direct PLC.

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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


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.

Australian Dollar loses ground against most major currencies as trade war tension rises

Australian Dollar exchange rates have dropped away against all major currencies in treading today as tensions between the U.S and China rose once again over the weekend.

The Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar topped the weakest major currencies of the day and much of this can be pinned down to the uncertainty surrounding the trade negotiations between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.

As many regular readers will be aware any heightened tensions between the U.S and China can lead to weakness for the Australian Dollar, as the Australian economy can be susceptible to bad news from China.

 RBA meeting minutes tomorrow morning

We have seen a slight improvement in certain areas of the Australian economy recently, however most analysts do not believe that there has been enough to warrant a change in stance from the Reserve Bank of Australia regarding any interest rate changes. Interest rates have remained stable in Australia for a long time now and this is also another reason why the Australian Dollar has lost ground against a number of major currencies over the course of the year.

An higher interest rate will make a currency more attractive to investors as it means they are offered a greater level of return for their money, and with other central banks such as the Federal Reserve in the U.S raising rates on numerous occasions over the past year or so the Australian Dollar has been somewhat left behind.

Should the RBA take a more positive tone in their meeting minutes tomorrow then we may see a little strength back for the Australian Dollar, should their stance remain the same then focus will be back on any political news, such as the trade wars and for those that have an interest in the Australian Dollar against the pound then Brexit and Theresa May will be key.

Should you have the need to buy or sell a large volume of Australian Dollars in the near future and you would like my assistance then you are welcome to contact me (Daniel Wright) directly. You can email me on djw@currencies.co.uk with a brief description of what you are looking to do and I will be happy to contact you personally.


Australian unemployment figures due out tomorrow – Trade wars still key

Tomorrow we have the release of Australian unemployment figures and expectations are for the unemployment figures to have dropped off a little from 5% to 5.1% for October. This would be in stark contract to the latest release in New Zealand where the release came out at 3.9% recently, the best unemployment figures seen there since 2008.

Should the figure have risen a little as analysts are expecting then we may see a little weakness for the Australian Dollar in early trading on Wednesday, but in my own opinion I feel that political issues around the world are still the most important factor for the Australian Dollar against most major currencies.

First and foremost we have Donald Trump and his trade wars with China, one moment it looks like Trump is willing to compromise and broker a deal with his Chinese counterpart and then in the next breath he seems to go back into attack mode, aiming to lower tariffs for the U.S and to heap lots of them on China. With China being a major importer of Australian goods and services and a large volume of tourist dollars spent in Australia any move from Trump that is seen as negative for China tends to weaken the Australian Dollar and any positive vibes that come from the talks can give the Australian Dollar strength.

For anyone that has an interest in Sterling against the Australian Dollar, buying or selling then the next 36 hours are key. A Brexit deal appears to be edging ever closer however both sides are ‘cautiously optimistic’ which suggests that although a deal could be initially agreed by chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier’s latest deadline of tomorrow evening, if that does happen then GBP/AUD should surge through the 1.80 level however should talks fall through then we may be looking at trading closer to 1.76.

If you are in the position that you need to exchange Australian Dollars into or out of any major currency and you would appreciate my assistance then I would be more than happy to help you. Not only could I act as your eyes and ears on the market but we pride ourselves on getting the very top rates of exchange too. You can contact me (Daniel Wright) for a no obligation chat about your current position and I will get in touch with you personally. Feel free to email me on djw@currencies.co.uk or call the trading floor on 0044 1494 725 353 and ask to be put through to Daniel Wright, quoting Australian Dollar Forecast.

RBA interest rate decision tonight to impact Australian Dollar exchange rates – Positive Brexit news helps the Pound make gains against Australian Dollar

In terms of Australian Dollar news, all eyes will be on the RBA interest rate decision and monetary policy statement overnight tonight. One of the key factors that has led to Australian Dollar weakness over the past few months has been the fact that interest rates have remained static at a record low now for 26 months.

With other economies such as the U.S gradually raising interest rates we have seen a huge flow of money out of the Australian Dollar and into the U.S dollar as investors seek a better rate of return in what is perceived as a safer and more stable currency.

Historically a higher interest rate has strengthened a currency as it makes it more attractive to investors. It is now expected that due to the spiralling household debt and house prices in Sydney and Melbourne dropping off significantly in the past 12 months, an interest rate hike may only add pressure to the economy, so the RBA may remain reluctant to make any bold moves for the time being.

The rate is unlikely to change tonight but the rate statement will be key, as speculation on any future changes will move the markets accordingly.

We have seen a slight uplift in the value of the Pound against the Australian Dollar in the past week or so, this has been mainly down to apparent Brexit progress and the U.K seemingly edging closer to an initial deal with the EU.

As many regular readers will know the Australian Dollar exchange rate against the Pound is fairly susceptible to Brexit news, and the fact that things are looking up for the U.K negotiations team has led to strength for the Pound.

All in all this is an important time for the Australian Dollar, with trade wars between Trump and China seeming to progress, interest rates remaining static and for those looking to carry out an exchange involving GBP having Brexit to contend with too it really is vital that you have an experienced and proactive currency broker on your side.

If you would like my assistance then I have helped thousands of people buy or sell Australian Dollars for well over a decade and I will be happy to have a chat with you to see if I can assist you too.

Feel free to email me (Daniel Wright) on djw@currencies.co.uk and I will be more than happy to have a no obligation chat to discuss a pending transaction with you. Not only should I be able to help you achieve a better rate of exchange than you are currently being offered but I would like to think our level of service is second to none too.