The pound has made a small recovery against the Australian dollar with rates back over 1.77 for the GBP AUD pair. The ongoing theme for the Australian dollar in recent weeks has been the trade war story which has stemmed from trade policy decisions made by US President Donald Trump. The latest in the story is that the President has now agreed with the EU tariff free trade between the US and EU. Whilst this does not directly have an impact on the Australian economy it does signal a change in tact by President Trump and could suggest there is light at the end of the tunnel in this escalation of trade tariffs with China. The concern for the Aussie is that if there is a global trade war then the commodity currencies could suffer so any softening in trade policy coming out of the US could actually be seen as good for the Australian dollar.
Economic data from down under has been stronger in this last month with retail sales and consumer confidence performing better than expected. The recent employment data was strong and highlighted a buoyant workforce which has also proved beneficial for the Australian dollar.
Now that the British parliament has ended for the summer recess there are unlikely to be any major developments on Brexit until the end of August or early September. The pound has been left on a weaker footing after the high profile resignations in government and some concern over the dreaded no deal scenario. Clients looking to buy Australian dollars could find some better opportunities on the horizon if a deal can be reached on Brexit, but we are still probably a few months away from such an outcome.
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