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Pound remains strong against the Australian Dollar even after poor UK GDP figures

The Australian Dollar has continued to struggle against the Pound hitting 1.82 during today’s trading session creating some good opportunities for anyone looking to convert Pounds to Euros at the moment.

The Reserve Bank of Australia was relatively dovish during its recent press conference and accompanying statement and it appears as though the next rate change for the central bank down under could be a rate cut in the future.

One of the reasons why the RBA has yet to make a change to interest rates is owing to the recent higher than expected inflation data, which although lower than the 2-3% target has been rising recently.

Typically if inflation rises then the usual strategy to combat this would be to increase interest rates but as the property market in Australia is showing real signs of slowing down then an interest rate rise down under could cause big problems for the Australian housing market and could send home owners in to negative equity.

According to many sources an interest rate cut before the end of 2019 now seems like a certainty and this is part of the reason why the Pound continues to remain relatively strong against the Australian Dollar.

Whilst the Trade Wars between the US and China continue to rumble on then global investment appears to be bypassing the Australian Dollar in favour of the US Dollar and this is another reason for the continued weakness of the AUD vs the Pound.

Earlier on today UK GDP showed a slowdown for the final quarter of 2018 combined with some lower than expected Industrial and Manufacturing Production data but this did little to negatively impact Sterling as the market appears to be waiting to see how the Brexit talks will progress during the course of this week.

I have worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers since 2003 and I’m confident that not only can I help you save money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank but also help you with the timing of your currency transfer. For a free quote then contact me directly via email with a brief description of your currency requirement and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

Pound sees signs of a struggle against the Australian Dollar after Brexit discussions

The Pound has started to fall during the course of this week against the Australian Dollar as the Brexit talks appear to be struggling to make too much headway.

The recent amendment about the Irish backstop was voted through the House of Commons, which means that Theresa May will try to go back to the European Union in an effort to change the current terms of the backstop.

However, all throughout yesterday European leaders confirmed that the current Brexit deal on offer will not be renegotiated and this moves us towards the chances of even having a no deal Brexit.

Overnight, the Australian Dollar had a boost after the announcement made by the US Federal Reserve that they will be keeping interest rates on hold.

The statement made by Jerome Powell suggested that the Fed would not simply look at economic data but also listen to businesses and this means that the cycle of rate hikes may not be as quick as many had previously anticipated. Clearly, there is room for further interest rate hikes to occur in 2019 in the US but the statement from last night means that they may be slowing down their cycle.

The good news for the Australian Dollar is that global investors will move money away from the US and back into more riskier currencies including the Australian Dollar and this is in part a reason for the strength overnight.

I have worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers for 16 years and I’m confident that with my experience I can help you with the timing of your currency transfer.

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 for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

The reasons why the Pound could break 1.80 this month against the Australian Dollar

The Pound has briefly touched 1.80 against the Australian Dollar this week but has yet to make a sustained break past this particular level of resistance. However, I’m confident that the Pound will keep knocking on the door of 1.80 before eventually breaking through before the end of this month.

The political uncertainty in the UK has actually done the reverse of what many expected to happen in terms of the value of Sterling.

Clearly the Brexit deal on offer is not something that MPs have much confidence in, which saw a majority vote of 230 against the deal. Since then, the Prime Minister Theresa May has managed to once again survive a vote of no confidence with the Tories and the DUP voting in favour of supporting the Prime Minister.

The reason why the Pound has found support against a whole host of currencies including vs the Australian Dollar is because it looks more and more likely that the withdrawal from the European Union with a no deal Brexit will not happen.

Theresa May has yet to confirm officially if the UK will rule it out and I think that she is doing so to keep her negotiating power as strong as possible when she next meets with the European Union.

It appears also that the UK will attempt to extend Article 50 as it is clear that neither the UK nor the European Union is ready for the end of March.

Even though the uncertainty as to what may happen next with the Brexit talks still exists the good news for the Pound is that the finite period before the end of March may not now happen and this either moves the UK towards a softer Brexit or perhaps even no Brexit if MPs do not manage to agree on the terms of any future deal.

The market will ultimately want trade not to be adversely affected and therefore this is why I think we will see the Pound break through 1.80 during January.

I have personally worked in the foreign exchange industry since 2003 for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers and I’m able to offer you bank beating exchange rates so if you would like to save money then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

The Pound hits a 6 week high against the Australian Dollar owing to Australian housing market problems

The Pound vs the Australian Dollar has hit a 6 week high which is good news for anyone looking to send money to Australia.

The spike has occurred in part due to the tightening lending standards in Australia which has caused a problem for the Australian housing market and this has seen house prices fall in recent times.

This is a big reason for the Reserve Bank of Australia keeping interest rates on hold and with the US Federal Reserve recently raising interest rates for the final time this year global investors have been selling off the riskier based commodity currencies including the Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar and South African Rand in favour of a more stable US Dollar.

The mortgage companies as well as the banks have been previously lending to people without clearly identifying whether or not they would be able to afford to pay back the loans and this means that Australian banks are now paying the price for the previous problems.

In Perth, which is one of Australia’s largest cities, house prices have fallen by over 15% in the last four years and Sydney and Melbourne have also started to see a small slowdown and this means any interest rate hike down under in unlikely to be coming any time soon as this would have a direct impact of the Australian property market.

With the Reserve Bank of Australia due to be keeping interest rates on hold for the foreseeable future and the US Federal Reserve likely to keep on raising rates in the early part of 2019 I think we are due to see further Australian Dollar weakness ahead so if you’re looking to exchange Australian Dollars into Sterling it may be worth getting this organised in the near future.

The one problem that could halt Sterling in its tracks is that of the ongoing Brexit turmoil which could cause a problem for Sterling.

With the next Brexit vote due to be held in the second week of January this could cause further volatility so make sure you’re well prepared for any eventuality.

Having worked in the foreign exchange industry for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers since 2003 I am confident not only of being able to save you money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank but also help you with the timing of your transfer.

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

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast and the impact of the Brexit deal

After hitting above 1.80 earlier this month the rate to buy Australian Dollars with Pounds has fallen in to the 1.75 levels on the Interbank.

Primarily this was caused by the huge losses in the value of the Pound against a number of major currencies owing to the issues surrounding the proposed Brexit deal.

However, it was not just the news in the UK that caused the Pound to fall against the Australian Dollar.

During the course of this week the economy down under showed an improvement in the unemployment rate which fell to 5% and this caused investors to move money in to the AUD as it shows signs of a more positive economy.

The main news that caused the drop in the value of the Pound was the proposed Brexit deal. This caused a number of senior ministers to hand in their resignations including Brexit secretary Dominic Raab. He left citing differences in the deal and that he could not be part of the government owing to certain issues in the proposed deal which he could not agree upon.

Could the Brexit deal be changed?

Meanwhile this weekend a number of senior ministers in the Conservatives are planning to try and make changes to the draft Brexit deal.

Included in the group are Michael Gove and Liam Fox who have previously thrown their support behind Theresa May.

The Prime Minister has been busy trying to persuade the British public that she is determined to see this deal through.

The next stumbling block could come on 25th November when the EU summit takes place. The likelihood is that this is likely to get ratified but the real sticking point will come when the parliament has its say.

The current expectation is that the EU will approve the deal but that parliament will reject it and then the UK government will have 21 days to put forward a new plan and I think this will will increase the pressure on the value of the Pound.

Therefore, if you’re planning to buy Australian Dollars in the near future it may be worth getting this organised relatively quickly.

If you are thinking about making a currency transfer and would like to save money when transferring Australian Dollars then contact me directly for a free quote and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

 

Pound to Australian Dollar Forecast – Huge week ahead for Brexit

The Pound has once again broken through 1.80 against the Australian Dollar as it appears as though the UK has significantly taken steps forward over the Brexit talks.

A draft Brexit agreement has been put in place and today Theresa May will be holding a cabinet meeting in order to win support over the current deal between the UK and the European Union.

Since yesterday, Downing Street has been meeting ministers one by one in to discuss the draft agreement and the deal includes an agreement whereby there is no separate customs border for Northern Ireland.

There are divided opinions among MPs as to what they think of the proposed deal but Theresa May is hoping to get the backing from the cabinet at 2pm today.

I think owing to the changes made previously to the staff in the cabinet then I think it will get approved, which could then mean a meeting could take place at an emergency EU summit on 25th November.

If the cabinet agrees to sign off the deal then the European Union are likely to publish the 500 page draft agreement and also the shorter papers on both economic and security deals between the UK and the European Union.

However, even though I fully expect the agreement to be approved later on this afternoon this is just one step closer to a deal being done. Parliament will then still need to back the government’s proposal and at the moment some Tories as well as members of the DUP appear to be opposed to the current deal and so getting it through the House of Commons in the future could appear very difficult.

Economic Data in Australia

Turning the focus back to what is happening in Australia we will see the release of Australian Unemployment data due out tonight with expectation of a rise from 5% to 5.1% highlights problems with the economy down under.

With the Reserve Bank of Australia announcing earlier this month that they will be keeping interest rates on hold for the foreseeable future I think with unemployment rising this could cause further problems for the Australian Dollar.

If you would like a free quote when transferring Australian Dollars and would like to save money compared to using your own bank or another broker then contact me directly and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

Australian Dollar strength vs the Pound but is it just short term?

Despite some very positive gains for the Pound against a number of major currencies Sterling failed to make any real advances vs the Australian Dollar.

Weaker than expected Australian Retail Sales would have typically weakened the Australian Dollar vs the Pound but this was not the case.

The Australian Dollar could even continue its recent rally against the Pound as it appears as though US President Donald Trump is gearing up for talks with the Chinese President about stopping the current Trade Wars which has been taken as good news for commodity based currencies including the Australian Dollar.

As we head in to next week the Reserve Bank of Australia will be meeting to announce their latest interest rate decision and I fully expect interest rates to be kept on hold but it will be the comments made as to whether we’ll see any suggestion of a rate hike coming in the future.

The RBA are in a tricky position as house prices in both Melbourne and Sydney have been falling recently so any interest rate hike could cause more problems for the economy so I think the tone may be rather cautious and this could see the Australian Dollar shows signs of weakness against the Pound following the announcement made on Tuesday.

Clearly the Brexit remains the over-riding factor in determining what may happen for the Pound against the Australian Dollar and with claims made by Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab that a deal could be reached by 21st November if there is any truth behind this story could we see the Pound make gains vs the Australian Dollar later on this month?

If you have a currency requirement involving Australian Dollars and would like to save money on exchange rates 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

Brexit talks hinder Sterling vs the Australian Dollar but are Australian house prices set for a crash?

Sterling has continued to drift lower vs the Australian Dollar as the topic of Brexit continues to rumble on. At the moment there are ongoing discussions about the Irish backstop arrangement and the current proposal is to keep the UK in a single customs area during the Brexit transition period which could be extended for another year.

Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested that the deal between the UK and the European Union is practically 95% done but with the Irish border issue far from being agreed I don’t think we’ll see the Brexit talks concluded in the near future and this could continue to weigh heavily on GBPAUD exchange rates.

If we turn the focus towards what is happening down under the Australian Dollar has been weakening against the US Dollar but remained fairly robust against the Pound highlighting the problems faced for Sterling by the ongoing Brexit uncertainty.

Property prices in both Sydney and Melbourne have started to show signs of falling with Deloitte claiming that some house prices are falling by as much as AUD$1,000 in a week.

Prices have been previously going up very quickly and with demand starting to wane this has caused the market to try and correct itself. Historically low interest rates have encouraged large amounts of borrowing and this has fueled the property market and with foreign investors being discouraged owing to previous reforms this has caused the housing market to come under pressure.

In my opinion the Australian economy will come under further pressure in the months ahead as we have also seen Chinese GDP at its lowest point in 10 years but until we get some positive news surrounding what is happening to the UK with its relationship with the European Union I expect Sterling’s advances to be relatively limited.

If you have a currency transfer to make and would like to save money on exchange rates when transferring Australian Dollars then contact me directly for a free quote. I have worked in the foreign exchange industry since 2003 and I’m confident that not only can I offer you bank beating exchange rates but also help you with various contract types that may suit your need.

For further information feel free to contact me directly.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

Chinese GDP falls but Brexit talks may be extended so Pound gains vs the Australian Dollar are limited

Overnight the world’s second largest economy China confirmed that it grew at its slowest quarterly rate in ten years as the problems of the US-China Trade Wars appear to be having an impact on the economy.

According to official sources the previous quarter showed growth of 6.5% compared to the year before and this was short of the forecast figure of 6.6%.

However, although the headline figure is clearly a concern for the country it was still in line with the government’s target for this year of 6.5%.

Typically this would result in Australian Dollar weakness as China is their largest trading partner so any slow down will often result in problems for the Aussie Dollar.  However, as we have seen during the course of this week the Pound has faced some problems owing to the roadblock concerning the latest Brexit talks which appear not to have gone anywhere at this week’s EU summit.

Indeed, the latest news appears to be that the parties involved are looking to extend the current time lines in order to ensure a smoother Brexit. The European Union has offered to extend the amount of time needed for the post-transitional period for the UK.

This has caused the Pound to come to a bit of a brick wall in terms of making further advances against the Australian Dollar and next month’s Brexit summit appears to have been cancelled for the time being.

I have worked for one of the UK’s leading currency brokers for 15 years and I’m confident that with my experience I can help you with both the timing of your transfer of Australian Dollars as well as being able to save you money on exchange rates compared to using your own bank.

Please send me an email with your requirement and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Holian teh@currencies.co.uk

 

Could the Pound improve against the Australian Dollar after RBA minutes and EU Summit this week?

The Reserve Bank of Australia published their latest set of minutes which confirmed interest rates would be kept on hold for the time being which has led the Pound to hit 1.85 against the Australian Dollar overnight leading to some excellent opportunities to buy Australian Dollars with Pounds this week.

With property prices starting to fall in both Sydney and Melbourne the RBA’s tone was rather cautious. Indeed, property fell by 6% in Sydney and 4% in Melbourne, which have previously been the best two performing markets in recent years.

The central bank went on to warn the markets that the trade policies between the US and China could continue to cause potential negativity for the Australian economy but that as Australian growth is at 3% the economy is still relatively robust.

However, as house prices are falling and wages are not going up that quickly this is why interest rates in Australia are not likely to be going up anytime soon and predictions are that the next interest rate hike may not come until 2020.

Meanwhile, the Pound is being affected by what is happening with the latest Brexit discussions and with the EU summit due to start tomorrow and conclude on Thursday the main topic will be that of the Irish border issue which appears to be far from getting sorted.

Previously, the discussions were due to end by this particular meeting but with an emergency Brexit summit planned for next month we may not see the talks concluding positively this week so be prepared for a lot of volatility coming in the next few days if you’re planning a currency transfer involving the Pound vs the Australian Dollar.

If you have a currency transfer to make and would like to save money when converting Australian Dollars then contact me directly for a free quote and a brief description of your requirement and I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom holian teh@currencies.co.uk