My view is that the Australian dollar could be on the back foot now as investors become more concerned about the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) cutting interest rates. The RBA will meet next Tuesday and there are some who think there is an increased chance of an interest rate cut, owing to some lower inflation numbers released in April. We also have the Australian election due on the 18th, the Australian dollar could therefore be in for a busy month.
The RBA has been in a holding pattern on interest rates for quite some time despite various changes in sentiment since 2016 when the RBA last cut rates. There has been continued speculation the RBA would need to cut again following increased concerns over the economic outlook in Australia, following the trade wars between the US and China.
With the trade wars concerns gently fading under the impression the two sides will strike an agreement, there has been less pressure on the Aussie dollar in recent weeks but the backdrop of such issues looks like it will continue to weigh on sentiment. Even if the US and China do pass a new deal, it is clear that global trade has changed forever under Trump, and the Aussie dollar as a currency so closely linked to global trade, will continue to be influenced by this news.
For me, May is more about the domestic issues facing Australia with low inflation prompting analysts to believe a cut is the way forward for the RBA. Whilst I am not overly confident the RBA will cut, I expect they will comment that they may well do in June, which I believe will weaken the Australian dollar.
The election on the 18th May is also a reason for concern in May, with the Labour party looking to perform well which could well have a negative outcome for the Australian dollar, since they have numerous plans to spend more. The election is likely to be a very topical even over the next 2 weeks and may well sway the Aussie dollar, increased volatility should be expected.
May looks set to be a very busy time for the Australian dollar so if you have any transactions that you are considering, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss the latest news and forecasts, which will influence the value of your transfer. I work as a currency broker and can offer guidance as to some of the best strategies to consider when making an Australian dollar currency transfer.
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