Since the end of August the pound has been recovering against the Australian dollar and exchange rates have increased by 13 cents (8%). To put this into monetary value a £200,000 transfer into Australian dollars would achieve our clients an additional 26,000 dollars.
In recent weeks the commentary coming from the Reserve Bank of Australian is that interest rates will remain on hold at 1.5%. There is a strong correlation between the US and Australia. Currency speculators tend to trade between the two and in recent weeks the Federal Reserve have been hinting toward hiking interest rates in December therefore I expect Australian speculators have been selling off the Aussie and buying US dollars.
The pound has also been strengthening in recent months off the back of an interest rate hike in the UK and positive news coming from Brexit negotiations. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has hinted that the UK and EU are close to securing a deal in regards to EU citizens rights and reports are emerging that the PM is close to offering £38 billion as a divorce settlement bill.
The EU have given the UK a deadline for this Friday for clear progression to be made. Once the statements are released by the UK and EU I expect to see major volatility. Positive news that trade negotiations will start in the upcoming weeks could see GBPAUD exchnage rates rise towards 1.80.
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