Over the last year Australian banks have found themselves tightening lending standards to the recommendations given by the Royal Commission in Australia and reports are suggesting further recommendations are on the horizon. Research found that banks were not checking peoples incomes and spending patterns correctly which meant the public were borrowing money they could not repay.
Early next year the Royal Commission are set to release their final report in regards to lending and if the commission decides further tightening is needed this is going to have a major impact on the Australian housing market and consequently the economy and dollar. If the banks stop lending UBS believe that the market will crash 30%. It’s key to note that house prices have dropped 13% in Perth and the figures are similar in other major cities.
For clients that are holding Australian dollars and are looking to purchase a foreign currency in the months to come, I’m expecting the dollar to have a tough start to 2019. It’s clear in my opinion that the Reserve Bank of Australia have their hands tied in regards to raising interest rates. House prices are falling and no ‘new’ money is coming into the market. If the RBA hiked interest rates it would put further pressure on Australian’s pockets and you would see people trying to sell their houses for cheaper and the housing market would fall further.
However it’s always important to analyse the other currency you will be converting. For example the pound is back under pressure due to Brexit, and opportunity has presented itself. If Theresa May manages to get the Brexit deal through Parliament you would expect the pound to strengthen in the upcoming months and the Australian dollar will lose value against the pound.
However on the other hand the US economy has been producing magnificent economic numbers over the last 12 months, however reports are suggesting a slow down in raising interest rates is on the horizon and now that Trump has lost the House, next years congress is going to be extremely interesting. Will they ask to see Trump’s tax returns and could this put major pressure on the dollar?
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