GBP/AUD rates spiked during yesterday’s trading, with the pair gaining almost two cents.
The Pound hit 1.6422 at the high before retracting slightly today slightly today, with the AUD finding support moving it back towards 1.63.
Sterling’s value had soared, following UK Prime Minister Theresa may’s speech regarding the UK’s Brexit.
This was her most detailed speech to date regarding how the government hopes to facilitate our exit from the EU, with Article 50 still scheduled to be triggered in March to start the formal process.
The Pound benefited from positive comments regarding a future relationship with the remaining EU states and made significant gains against all the major currencies.
The markets have been left in limbo for months regarding how the UK economy intends to prosper following our exit, so yesterday’s more detailed plan will have come as a relief to investors who have been craving some solid information to work with. Personally, I don’t think the speech gave us a real insight into future policies but of course the noises being made were that the UK would create a stronger economy, which still had a relationship with our closest neighbours.
Theresa May did state that we would no longer be part of the single market but hoped for new custom arrangements with the remaining 27 EU states and that we would still contribute to the EU budget but wasn’t specific regarding how much.
The AUD has benefited from a run of positive economic data and the uncertainty surround the UK economy at present. However, due to the fact the AUD is a commodity based currency and as such relies heavily on its export trade, in particular the export of its raw materials to China, any global slowdown in this sector will hit their economy hard and the AUD would likely lose value as a result.
If you have an upcoming GBP or AUD currency exchange to make and you are concerned by the increased market volatility of late, it may be wise to look at protecting the gains you’ve made, or limiting your losses with one of our forward contracts, rather than gamble on what has become an increasingly volatile and unpredictable market.
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