The pound has fallen lower against the Australian dollar with rates for the GBP AUD pair falling below 1.80 once again. What happens in the US in these coming weeks and months is likely to have a big impact on the Australian dollar. With the US midterm elections out of the way it will be interesting to see how investors react to the news and if the results have an impact on whether he is able to implement his planned policies of increased expenditure in the US.
More importantly the future trade policy from the White house especially with China will be a major driver for GBP AUD rates. There have been noises that a meeting between China and the US could bear fruits for a future trade deal. Investors are concerned that an escalating trade war could have a negative impact on the Australian dollar as funds move to the safety of the US dollar. If an agreement can be reached though then this should benefit the Australian dollar going forward as confidence is restored in the commodity currency.
The Brexit negotiations have advanced in recent weeks which has helped boost the pound against the Australian dollar. Reports are filtering through in the media that we could be days away from a Brexit deal. Expect a few more weeks of heightened volatility though as any deal will have to be put before parliament which could make for a bumpy ride.
The Reserve Bank of Australia meet this evening and any clues as to when the central bank next raises interest rates is likely to see added volatility for the dollar. The US Federal Reserve are still set to hike interest rates again this year and a meeting is being held this evening. The markets are expecting a rate hike to come in December although anything is possible this evening. As the differential widens between US interest rates and rates down under there is likely to be more weakness for the Australian dollar.
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