UK & Brussels at Impasse
Although investor concerns may have been eased following the Brexit extension the Pound still remains fragile and I would be surprised to see any significant gains against the Australian Dollar until we have firm news on Brexit. It seems as though the UK and Brussels are at a complete impasse, Theresa May has put several different alternatives to her deal to the House of Commons all of which have failed to gain a majority and Brussels have stone walled the UK stating it is the current deal or nothing.
European Council President, Donald Tusk sent out a warning to his “British friends” saying “please do not waste this time .” It seems as though another extension will be unlikely.
Brexit remains in Limbo and I would not be surprised to see us in a similar situation come October.
The Australian Dollar has its own problems however, Housing prices remain inflated in high wage growth areas such as Melbourne and Sydney. It mean Australians are being forced to spend their hard earned money on necessities rather than luxury goods and services.
Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing its goods. The US/China trade war is causing a slowdown in Chinese growth which is having a knock on effect to the Australian economy and in turn the Australian Dollar. Iron ore is Australia’s primary export and fluctuations in its price can cause a change in Australian Dollar value, it is worth keeping an eye on if you have a trade involving the Aussie.
Recent news coming from US/China trade talks suggest an end could be in sight. US Treasury Secretary , Steven Mnuchin has stated we could see a conclusion to the trade war in under a month. If this is the case we could see substantial gains for the Aussie.
There are still however key points of contention. The US would like to keep existing tariffs in place in order to keep pressure on China , while Beijing would like them stopped immediately.
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