The Reserve Bank of Australia cut their base interest rate recently which has seen the Australian dollar weaker in recent weeks. Interestingly, the currency itself did not weaken massively on the news of the cut to historical lows last week, partly because the market was expecting it. It appears to me that the future, we might well in find the RBA forced to cut rates again.
My overall belief is that the factors which contributed to a weaker Aussie dollar in 2019 will by and large remain. A key factor in all of this is of course the trade wars with Donald Trump putting pressure on the global economy, in particular the Chinese economy which is a major customer for Australian exports.
The resulting slowdown globally is only going to continue in my opinion, this will surely keep pressure on the RBA and perhaps force their hand again down the line. It is probably worth pointing out that the Australian economy has been through one of the longest periods of economic growth in history in the Western world. Economic history suggests that at some point that growth will struggle with tougher economic times and the current trajectory and stagnation seems tricky to just shake off with just one interest rate cut.
There is important economic news for Australia this week with the release of the latest news from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, releasing more detailed information on Australian Unemployment data. This has been a key component of decisions on interest rates, as the RBA grapples with falling Unemployment and also falling Inflation.
The future looks far from straightforward for the Australian dollar, clients with a position to buy or sell Australian dollars might benefit from a quick review with our team, to get the latest news and information on their options and the best strategy to maximise any transfers.