GBP/AUD – We have seen Sterling strengthen over the Australian Dollar of late, breaching the 1.80 resistance point and remaining above it. One of the main catalysts is positive news on Brexit. Chief EU Negotiator, Michel Barnier stated recently that he believes it is realistic that a Brexit deal could be in place in 6-8 weeks. It has also been revealed that there maybe a solution to the Irish border. There maybe the opportunity to use technology to solve the problem using barcodes on shipping containers to verify where goods have come from and where they are going to.
The Australian economy does have it’s own worries however. Australia is heavily reliant on China purchasing it’s exports, with China engaged in a trade war with the US this will hit Chinese growth which in turn will hit the Australian economy. With global economic uncertainty causing investors to seek safer haven investments the Australian Dollar is not as popular as it once was. The US Dollar is the destination of choice offering the highest 10yr bond yields for several years and there is the prospect of further rate hikes from the Federal Reserve this year.
There is also problems with consumer spending. High wage growth areas are becoming increasingly more expensive which is forcing Australian’s to spend there funds on necessities rather than luxury goods.
I feel Sterling could be set for further gains against the Aussie, but be wary as Brexit talks intensify we could see volatility. If you are buying the Aussie short term aim for high 1.83s, possibly 1.84. I feel 1.85 will be difficult to breach unless we receive firm news on Brexit.
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