GBP/AUD – Brexit continues to dictate GBP/AUD and at present the situation remains in Limbo. Theresa May has now failed on three separate occasions with her deal and at present the default action if a deal is not reached by 12th April is the UK will leave the EU with no deal. Both sides are desperate to avoid this situation and it looks as though the outcome will be an extension.
How long the extension will be and with what stipulations is what is being hastily negotiated. May favours a short extension whereas Brussels would like a flexible year extension in place.
I believe an extension is already factored into current GBP/AUD levels as the market moves on rumour as well as fact. I would expect Sterling to gain value if an extension is confirmed as investor concerns are eased. Do not expect any great shakes however.
GBP/AUD has remained above the key resistance point of 1.80 despite the lack of progress in Brexit talks, I think this can be mainly attributed to the probability of a no deal remaining low with the vast majority of the House of Commons set against allowing a no deal scenario to occur.
I think Sterling will however remain fragile until we have firm news on Brexit, which now could be some way off. The Australian Dollar has it’s own concerns however. Housing prices in high wage growth areas continue to inflate and Australians are being forced to spend their money on necessities rather than luxury goods and services which is hurting the economy. The ongoing trade war between the US and China is also a key concern. Australia has a heavy reliance on China purchasing it’s exports, particularly iron ore. In fact iron ore value has been known to cause sways in the value of the Aussie. The trade war is influencing Chinese growth which in turn has an impact on the Australian economy and the Australian Dollar.
Investors are choosing to shy away from riskier commodity based currencies in favour of what is considered to be safe haven currencies such as the Swiss Franc or the US Dollar.
I think if it were not for Brexit we could be seeing gains for Sterling against the Aussie, but at present you really need someone with an eye on the markets for you if you wish to take advantage of any spikes on the market, which recently have only been small windows of opportunity.
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