The Australian dollar has been strengthening lately as investors predict that it will be sooner than later the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) has to raise interest rates. Where the RBA had previously been adopting a ore neutral stance which had see the Aussie weaker for part of 2017, the expectation is now for the to raise rates in the future. What this means is that the Australian dollar could strengthen even further and we could see rates to buy Aussies with pound getting more expensive. If you need to buy Australian dollars with pounds or even sell AUD for sterling understanding the market and your options in advance is key to maximising the position.
Expectations for the AUD to rise even further against the pound do seem likely but at the same time it would not be all too surprising to see the currency soften now. For Australia to raise interest rates they have to consider the negative impact on the Australian dollar since as a net exporter (they sell more overseas than they import) it is not good for the country to have an expensive currency. They want a weaker currency to encourage inwward investment and stimulate the economy.
Raising interest rates could easily cause the currency to weaken since with their base rate currently sitting at 1.5% it represents a very good investment compared to other currencies to invest in. Therefore I believe if you have a transfer to consider whilst the rates are uncertain you should be looking to make sure you don’t take too much risk and suddenly find the rate has unexpectedly become more expensive.
If you have a transfer to make current levels to buy pounds with Australian dollars are much improved from the last few weeks but this might not last. And for Aussie buyers the outlook is still shaky and we could easily see rates sub 1.60 once again. For more information on the best way forward with your transaction please speak to me Jonathan Watson by emailing [email protected] to get a fresh overview of the market and analysis of the best way forward.
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