If tracking the GBPAUD exchange rate it has been a rather rocky year with a drop of 25 cents since January when the rate stood proudly at almost 2.10. At that time a drop below 2 seemed unlikely given most analysts were predicting an interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia in February or March. Well the worst fears on the Aussie itself have failed to materialise resulting in the great spike we have seen in this space of time. combine the AUD’s attractiveness with the near panic on sterling and we can see why the pairing has moved over 10% in the last 90 days. The big question of course is what is around the corner and I have no hesitation in predicting the rate will deteriorate lower perhaps to trade in the 1.70’s and were we to see a Brexit or in the weeks and days before Brexit potentially the 1.60’s.
Such a mammoth fall can only be explained by the mammoth political uncertainty Brexit brings to financial markets and sterling will struggle to hold its head above water in this environment. GBPAUD buyers should be seriously planning an exit strategy as we know from previous politically uncertain events the pound will struggle to make gains with so much uncertainty and negativity around.
Its not quite all doom and gloom
Of course it is never one sided on the currency markets and whilst I do believe the scenario above is the more likely we may well see some weakening of the Australian dollar should an interest rate cut become more likely again over there. Current forecasts put this at a 50% chance by August, this indicates to me that GBPAUD will have some way to fall before making a recovery later in the year depending on the outcome of the EU Referendum.
A Remain vote for the UK could see sterling spike much higher and if at that time (23rd June) the Australian economy is under pressure and an interest rate cut looming then we may well see rates in the higher 1.90’s and possibly over 2 again.
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