The Australian dollar is likely to come under increasing pressure in my opinion, as we approach a series of important domestic events in Australia and also some global issues which might driver its value. At home, concerns over the political outlook from a fractured government combine with concerns about the economy. Abroad the Trade Wars between Trump and China puts pressure on the Chinese economy, Australia’s biggest trading partner.
The Australian dollar has typically attracted investment from abroad owing to its high interest rates, a currency’s value can often be determined by the yield or return available to investors. Expectations for the Australian dollar are now lower with the US raising interest rates to a level now higher than Australia. Even the UK and Eurozone, both scarred by political and economic uncertainties in recent years, are on a path to raise interest rates.
This puts the Australian dollar on the back foot and means it cannot perform as well as it has done in recent years. Australian interest rates reached a peak of 4.75% but are now currently 1.75%. This has generally made the Australian dollar a less attractive currency to hold and I believe this will continue.
Some of the fundamental factors driving the currency markets are good indicators of future performance. The fundamentals on interest rates suggest that Australia will not be raising before either the UK, possibly the Eurozone and certainly not before the US. This will mean these currencies become more attractive to hold and might gain against the Aussie.
Political concerns in Australia have not diminished in Australia and these could see further weakness for the currency in the future. Wider global concerns could also be felt by the escalation of tensions from the Trade Wars in China, there is plenty to weaken the Aussie down the line.
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