Inflation a growing concern for the UK
The pound continues to weaken against the Australian dollar. The latest UK interest rate decision did the pound no favours. Interest rates closely linked to inflation. Inflation is a major concern for the UK at present and at one point threatening to breach 3%. We have now seen a a drop to 2.6% and many believe this is a negative for the economy. I do not share this view, inflation is only beneficial if average wage growth is close to being in sync, it is currently some way behind inflation at 1.8%. If consumers are not prepared to pay over inflated prices for their goods and services this is when growth dwindles and there is the potential for a recession.
Their have been rumours circulating the Bank of England (BOE) could hike interest rates should inflation rise above 3%, so the fall to 2.6% was seen as negative to investors and the pound fell in value as a result. The previous monetary policy committee (MPC) vote came in at 5-3, with three members in favour of a hike. Kristin Ford has left the MPC however, and has been replaced by Silvana Tenreyo who voted to hold rates. The vote now at 6-2 did little to help Sterling against the Euro.
RBA fear the strong Aussie could damage exports
Down under the strength of the Australian dollar is a concern due to the heavy reliance on trade partners buying Australian raw materials. Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Philip Lowe will know doubt attempt to jaw bone and talk down the value of the Aussie rather than making a more drastic change to moneatry policy. I doubt jawboning will have the desired impact.
Hans Redeker from Morgan Stanley recently stated “We expect the AUD to continue to move higher in the short-term as yield-seeking behavior continues,”
The high interest rates offered in Australia are currently very attractive to the investor, especially considering the weaning of the US dollar of late.
In order for the pound to rally we need a stable government and the stance on Brexit to be made clear. A rise in inflation could force the BOE’s hand on a rate hike, but this it is not a healthy move for the economy and a long shot if you are hoping for this to bolster Sterling against the Aussie.
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