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  1. Sheena from Moneycorp

    AUD and GBP

    The Pound jumped by a percent against the Australian Dollar Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut its interest rate to a new record low and hinted strongly of more cuts to come, which some analysts say now risks pushing the antipodean currency to its lowest level for more than a decade. Australia's central bank cut the cash rate to an all-time low of 0.75% Tuesday, in line with the market consensus, citing a continued weakening of the global economy and concerns about the outlook for jobs down under as risks to its inflation target. The RBA said the economy needs a lower rate of unemployment if it is to see the wage pressures that would enable the bank to meet its inflation target, but warned that jobs growth is likely to slow even further in Australia up ahead, even though unemployment has recently risen Changes in rates are normally only made in response to movements in inflation, which is sensitive to GDP growth, but impact currencies because capital flows tend to move in the direction of the most advantageous or improving returns. Those flows tend to move in the direction of the most advantageous or improving returns, with a threat of lower rates normally seeing investors driven out of and deterred away from a currency.
  2. Sheena from Moneycorp

    GBP and AUD Update

    Dragging the Aussie lower was the latest Reserve Bank of Australia policy meeting minutes with guidance pointing to a clear easing bias moving forward. "They no longer talk about an accumulation of evidence in order to ease again, and highlight risks to the global economy,” wrote National Australia Bank senior FX strategist Rodrigo Catril, adding "It certainly sounds a lot more dovish than before.” For Sterling, Brexit remains the key to the outlook ahead of Wednesday's CPI and Thursday's BoE with focus falling on the Supreme Court on Tuesday as they open a case into PM Johnson's prorogation of Parliament. UK and EU officials are also set to resume Brexit talks after agreeing to host daily negotiations in a bid to thrash out a last minute deal. Risk-off was the dominant theme for currency markets on Monday while the GBP was facing the double-whammy of resurgent no-deal Brexit fears as Tory Brexiteers continue to insist the UK will leave the common currency bloc on October 31st. While there was some positivity out of a meeting between PM Johnson and the EU's Juncker in which the leaders agreed to daily Brexit talks moving forward, time's quickly running out to secure an outcome other than no-deal. "The fact remains there is still a decent chance of Britain not able to secure a deal and that is prompting investors to take profits after last week’s rally,” wrote currency strategist Thu Lan Nguyen of Commerzbank. For the Aussie, RBA minutes are due overnight which should set the tone moving forward while currency markets as a whole will likely take their cue from geopolitical risks - with a focus on the US response to the attacks on Saudi oil refineries - as well as central bank policy with the Fed and Bank of England releases likely to impact the cross.
  3. Sheena from Moneycorp

    GBP and AUD Update

    GBP/AUD UPDATE: The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate remained on the defensive on Tuesday afternoon, with the pairing trading at around AU$1.7867 in response to heightened political uncertainty in the UK.Markets are currently bracing for the unknown as MPs attempt to pass a bill compelling the government to seek an extension to Brexit, whilst Boris Johnson is preparing to call for a snap election if he is defeated. Helping the ‘Aussie’ to press its advantage was the Reserve Bank of Australia’s latest rate decision, where an upbeat economic outlook helped to boost AUD exchange rates. The Australian Dollar’s period of weakness in August has not been enough to keep the British Pound to Australian Dollar (GBP/AUD) exchange rate climbing, and after markets opened today the pair tumbled once again. The Pound’s volatility is worsening on a mixture of UK economic fears and expectations for Brexit chaos, but the Australian Dollar has been unable to capitalise on Sterling weakness amid global trade fears and anticipation for upcoming Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) news.
  4. Sheena from Moneycorp

    GBP and AUD Update

    The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate is holding on to its recent gains with rates for GBP Vs AUD sitting at 1.8140. The markets will now focus on all the latest Brexit developments this week with political fireworks expected as we approach the 31st October Brexit deadline. High volatility is to be expected for GBP to AUD exchange rates as parliament will return 3rd September after the summer recess. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson made clear to MP’s yesterday that there will be no way of stopping Brexit and that Britain will leave the EU at the end of October. There has been much talk of a vote of no confidence which could be issued by leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn although whether he could succeed in putting in place a caretaker Prime Minister remains to be seen. There is also the very real prospect of a general election something that could see additional volatility for GBP/AUD. Those looking to buy or sell Australian dollars are likely to see heightened volatility in these coming weeks with a big swing in either direction depending on whether or not a Brexit deal is reached. Those with a sizeable amount to transfer would be wise to consider planning around these developments as the 31st October deadline counts down. There has been much talk of a vote of no confidence which could be issued by leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn although whether he could succeed in putting in place a caretaker Prime Minister remains to be seen. There is also the very real prospect of a general election something that could see additional volatility for GBP/AUD. Those looking to buy or sell Australian dollars are likely to see heightened volatility in these coming weeks with a big swing in either direction depending on whether or not a Brexit deal is reached. Those with a sizeable amount to transfer would be wise to consider planning around these developments as the 31st October deadline counts down.
  5. Sheena from Moneycorp

    GBP and AUD Update

    The GBP/ AUD exchange rate is trading at around 1.7727 on Monday, 0.90%b lover than at the same point last week. The pair has started to sell off steeply after rebounding to a multi - week high at 1.82. Although the overarching downtrend is still intact a break back below the trendline is required to confirm the downtrend. We retain a neutral outlook over the next 5 days, with a break higher or lower above various levels required to confirm the next direction of the trend. The most important data releases for the Aussie in the week ahead are employment data on Thursday and Chinese data on Wednesday. Australian employment data is forecast to show a 14k rise in July whilst unemployment is expected to remain at 5.8% when released at 2.30 BST on Thursday. This suggests a slightly positive result. The data could impact interest rate expectations and therefore the Aussie. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has been aggressively cutting rates of late and this has been pressuring the Aussie lower since lower interest rates tend to weigh on currencies. A worse-than-expected result could increase speculation of a further interest rate cuts from the RBA in September - current market expectations are around 40% of a cut then.
  6. Sheena from Moneycorp

    GBP and AUD Update

    The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has declined since the start of May with sterling losing value against all major currencies. Last week the Bank of England confirmed that British companies are close to a near record in regards to sterling deposits switched into Foreign Currency for the month of June. The Bank of England’s commentary and the data that supports it shows that businesses within the UK that have exposure to foreign currency are buying upfront due to threat of a no deal Brexit and could be the reason why the pound is continuing to lose value. The ongoing Brexit saga is going to be the key driver for the pound against the Australian dollar in the weeks and months to come. Since the start of May mid market exchange rates have continued to fall. If it’s the case Pro EU MP’s fail to stop Boris from crashing out of the EU, then the pound could see further decline. This was supported by the Bank of England last week, as Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney warned that the pound could crash on the back of a no deal, and consequently also cut growth forecasts. If you are buying Australian dollars in the months to come and are concerned about how Brexit could impact you, feel free to get in touch with me and I will be able to provide you with guidance on the markets.
  7. Sheena from Moneycorp

    GBP and AUD Update

    The main events impacting the Australian Dollar in the week ahead are likely to be global and geopolitical in nature, with the only local data being a speech from Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Governor Philip Lowe. The Iranian special forces boarded and held a passing UK tanker in the Strait over the weekend in retaliation for the UK boarding and stopping an Iranian tanker in the strait of Gibraltar. Whilst further saber-rattling could drive up oil prices, it's not so integrally connected with Australia to spark a rout in the Aussie Dollar, although higher oil prices could become another headwind for the global economy and that could impact the Aussie over time if it came to pass. The major driver of the Pound this week is likely to be the announcement of the winner of the Conservative Party leadership election on July 22, but with little difference remaining between the two candidates' stated Brexit policies, the result may not cause as much volatility as previously expected. Jeremy Hunt is seen as more ‘moderate’ and less likely to take the UK out of the EU without a deal, so his election might provide some relief for Sterling. The opposite is true of Boris Johnson, who is the bookmakers' favourite to win, although such an outcome is likely in the price of the Pound by now.
  8. Sheena from Moneycorp

    GBP & AUD

    The Pound Sterling Australian Dollar (GBP/AUD) exchange rate remained muted and the pairing is currently trading at an inter-bank rate The Pound (GBP) is rangebound against the Australian Dollar and the majority of its other peers this morning, following the release of the UK’s latest housing data. Unsurprisingly, Brexit uncertainty continued to play a role in the dip, with both buyers and sellers seeking greater clarity before making any commitments. Looking ahead to next week’s session, we expect to see the Pound Australian Dollar (GBP/AUD) exchange rate come under pressure following the release of the UK’s monthly GDP figures.
  9. Anthony from Moneycorp

    Update on AUD and GBP

    The Australian Dollar (AUD) traded at a one - week low against the Pound on Thursday, after the 'Aussie' was driven lower overnight following the Federal Reserve rate decision. While no policy changes were made by the Fed this month, Fed Chair Jerome Powell reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to its ‘patient’ approach to monetary policy this year. This prompted a sharp drop in risk-sentiment in the mid-week as it gave no indication that the Fed could be planning to cut interest rates in the immediate future, despite recent speculation. Meanwhile the Pound (GBP) is clinging to its recent gains against the Australian (AUD) this morning following the publication of the UK’s construction PMI. While GBP investors welcomed the return to growth, with the sector only barely avoiding contraction and signs that activity could contract again in the coming months the PMI figures were ultimately unable to lend much support to the Pound.
  10. Anthony from Moneycorp

    Update on AUD and GBP

    GBP/AUD UPDATE: The Pound to Australian Dollar extended gains to post a fresh one-night best in overnight trade with Sterling reaching AU$1.86613 following a downbeat Aussie Building Approvals release. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of new building approvals issued over the last month declined by 15.5%, the sharpest contraction since February 2018. The Pound-to-Aussie trimmed gains marginally heading into Friday's session amid reports both the UK's main political parties, the Conservatives and Labour, look set to lose a significant number of seats in English local elections - suggestive of malcontent over Brexit choas. The session ahead is relatively sparse with the notable exception of the latest UK Services PMI, forecast to rebound into growth territory following a dip below the neutral 50 level in last month's print. Focus, as-ever, will also be on UK politics with final election results and any ad-hoc Brexit news-flow while for the Aussie, with the RBA set to review policy next week, upside may be capped by expectations of further dovish rhetoric or even a potential cut to key policy rates amid persistently underwhelming data.
  11. Anthony from Moneycorp

    GBP and AUD Update

    The Pound-to-Australian Dollar exchange rate starts the new week trading at 1.8348 having climbed over a percent during the week before. Gains came mainly as a result of a weakening of the Australian unit after lower-than-expected inflation data suggested the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) might actually lower interest rates over coming months. Lower interest rates tend to weigh on the local currency as they detract from foreign capital inflows which favour jurisdictions with higher interest rates where their money will earn a higher interest return. The main release for the Australian Dollar is probably Chinese data in the shape of manufacturing PMI out Tuesday at 2:00 B.S.T. The PMI data for April will show whether Australia's largest trading partner has indeed turned a corner from its recent soft patch. PMIs for March suggested this is indeed the case, the data is considered to be on of the drivers of the recent pick-up in global investor sentiment over recent weeks: conditions that would typically favour the Aussie currency.
  12. Anthony from Moneycorp

    GBP and AUD Update

    The Australian Dollar (AUD) was turbo - charged overnight on Tuesday with the currency racing higher against the Pound (GBP) and the majority of its other peers following the release of some stronger - than - expected economic data from China. According to China’s National Bureau of Statistic, Chinese GDP held at 6.4% through the first quarter of 2019. While this left growth at a decade low it beat expectations that growth would have slowed to 6.3% prompting suggestions that China’s recent slowdown may have bottomed out. This was also accompanied by some impressive Chinese industrial statistics, with year-on-year growth in industrial production reported to have rocketed up from 5.3% to 8.5%, blowing past forecasts of a modest rise to 5.9%. The accompanying industrial data may have been even more supportive of the rise in risk sentiment according to some analysts. Looking ahead, the Pound Australian Dollar (GBP/AUD) exchange rate may come under additional pressure on Thursday as the UK publishes its latest retail sales figures. Sterling looks likely to stumble following the data as economists forecast that sales growth will have slumped in March, falling from 0.4% to -0.3% as consumers limited their purchases amid heighted Brexit uncertainty. In the meantime the release of Australia’s employment figures overnight could elicit some weakness in the Australian Dollar.
  13. Anthony from Moneycorp

    GBP and AUD Update

    The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has made some small gains to start this week after a poorer performance from the GBP to AUD pair last week. The general move lower in the last couple of weeks has been influenced by a weaker pound due to continued Brexit uncertainty but also a stronger Australian dollar as commodity prices have spiked higher. In the UK, Brexit remains the single biggest driver for sterling exchange rates although news on this front it likely to be less in these coming weeks with Parliament taking the Easter recess. The UK is now preparing to contest the European elections following the agreed extension for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU until 31st October 2019. The markets are now preparing for the implications from this extension in that the Conservative party could lose a great deal of seats in the EU elections. With the newly formed Brexit party being campaigned by Nigel Farage there could be something of a revolution in British politics. The local elections could also see a major shift in voting patterns, with this carrying much risk for the pound. Any big changes could result in major volatility for the GBP vs AUD pair.
  14. Anthony from Moneycorp

    AUD and GBP Update

    The Australian Dollar was trading on its back foot Tuesday ahead of the release of February retail sales data, which will help markets to answer the question of whether 2018's economic weakness carried forward into the New Year. Economic growth has faltered, in large part, due to the impact that declines in house prices have had on household confidence and spending. However, President Donald Trump's trade war with China also dented business confidence the world over in 2018, as well as the Australian Dollar. Currency markets care about the retail data because of the impact rising and falling demand has on inflation. It's changes in consumer price pressures that central banks are attempting to manipulate when they tinker with interest rates, which are themselves the raison d'être for most swings in exchange rates.
  15. Anthony from Moneycorp

    Quarterly Overview of the AUD

    The numbers presented a mixed, but largely steady picture in Australia. The gross domestic product data showed that Australia's' economy grew more slowly in Q4; by 0.2% instead of the expected 0.3%. Annual growth was 2.3%, down from 2.8% three months earlier. At the beginning of the year, there were signs that the trade surplus was narrowing. One of the more influential statistics for the Australian dollar was the AiG Performance of Manufacturing Index. It was up by a point and a half in February at 52.5. Data relating to housing and employment also had an effect on the Aussie’s value. House prices in Australian capital cities fell an average of 2.4% in the fourth quarter of 2018, leaving them 5.1% lower on the year. It marked the longest run of losses since 2011. At the end of the quarter, data showed that unemployment fell to 4.9%, its lowest level since 2011. However, less than 5,000 of the jobs were new ones and there was a 15k swing from full-time to part-time employment. Investors were not totally impressed. Consumer confidence deteriorated by 4.7% to 99.6 in December, according to a Westpac survey and this trend continued into January. February's rebound did little more than reverse the previous month's decline and the onepoint improvement in business confidence, from 3 to 4, still left the measure below trend. However, by March surveys by NAB and Westpac found business confidence fading from 4 to 2 while consumer confidence was down by 4.8% to 103.8.
  16. Anthony from Moneycorp

    AUD Update

    The Aussie took third place behind the Japanese yen and US dollar. It lost narrowly to the USD and strengthened by two thirds of a cent against the pound. Australian economic data were conspicuous by their absence. The only ones to appear were for private sector credit in February. Lending to individuals and companies increased by a monthly 0.3% and was 4.2% higher on the year. Investors did not really notice. What they did notice, though, was guidance from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand that its next change to interest rates was likely to be a cut. Although there is no direct link between the RBNZ and the Reserve Bank of Australia, investors decided that such a move would be likely to affect the thinking of the RBA. It does not have much room to take rates lower but it might be inclined to try to find some.
  17. The Pound to Australian Dollar rate is set to beging trading around 1.8648 Sunday after falling more than one percent in the previous week, although studies of the charts suggest the outlook for the days ahead is a bullish one. The GBP/AUD pair fell at the start of last week after it the government requested from Brussels only a very short delay to the Brexit process. It recovered later, however, after the EU left the door open a much longer extension of the Article 50 negotiating window, and potentially an indefinite one if Prime Minister Theresa May fails again to get the EU Withdrawal Agreement through parliament. Pundits are still suggesting she will struggle to win enough votes for her deal to be approved next week so there is at least one fundamental reason for why the Pound could rise during the week ahead as a third failure of the Withdrawal Bill to clear parliament might see the market fixate on the odds of Brexit being abandoned by the government or prevented through a second referendum. The main event for the Australian Dollar in the week ahead is likely to be geopolitical in nature since the domestic data releases in the calendar are fairly low key. U.S.-China trade talks are scheduled to kick off again on Thursday, 28 March. Any positive opening statements may support the Chinese Renmimbi and Australian Dollar although markets could soon begin to grow impatient with a lack of detail on the final shape of the trade deal.
  18. Over the last 4 weeks GBP/AUD exchange rates have increased by 6 cents making a AUD $300,000 purchase £5,340 cheaper. The slowdown in Australia is putting a major strain on Australian dollar exchange rates. The housing market is under severe pressure due to the tightening of lending standards throughout 2018. China is slowing due to the ongoing trade war which means less commodities are leaving Australian shores and the Reserve Bank of Australia have hinted at cutting interest rates in a bid to stimulate economic growth. All in all, it’s hard to see how the tides will change for the Australian economy unless major changes are made to monetary policy and the US and China secure a trade deal that works for both parties. One positive is that unemployment numbers have remained stable over the last couple of months. This week Australia will release their latest unemployment numbers and 5% is expected. If the number is released at 5%, I expect the Australian dollar could benefit on Thursday morning. However earlier in the week, the RBA minutes and House Price index numbers are released on Tuesday morning. Both releases I expect could disappoint, therefore waiting till Friday to sell Australian dollars seems a risky strategy.
  19. Further volatility looks likely for the GBP/AUD exchange rate in the wake of Parliament’s next round of votes, with markets still weighing up the likely outcome of the Brexit process. If an amendment paving the way for a second referendum gains sufficient support this could offer the Pound a fresh boost. However, the prospect of an extended period of Brexit-based uncertainty and political anxiety may weigh on GBP exchange rates in the wake of the results. Even if MPs vote in favour of extending the deadline unless there are signs of progress towards a workable deal the upside potential of the Pound is likely to prove limited.
  20. Anthony from Moneycorp

    On the road to recovery?

    The Australian Dollar weakened on Wednesday, helping the Pound-to-Australian-Dollar rate to recover onto a firmer footing, although analysts say the Brexit saga playing out in London is a double edged sword for the Antipodean and British currencies. A messy turn of events in London over the coming days would send Pound Sterling reeling once again but it could also have adverse implications for the Aussie Dollar in its own right, given the likely impact on the U.S. Dollar and the Antipodean unit's sensitivity to changes in risk appetite. "AUD/USD has been largely unaffected by Brexit developments. However, if the UK Parliament vote for a hard Brexit tomorrow, AUD/USD could fall as the USD gets bid in the global foreign exchange market, and if/as global equities decline," says Richard Grace, head of FX strategy at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
  21. Anthony from Moneycorp

    Brexit Uncertainty for GBP and AUD

    Over the last 12 months, the property market down under has been causing major problems for the Australian dollar. Lending standards alongside the global slowdown has caused property prices to take a tumble in the major cities. If the home loan numbers fail to hit 1%, the Australian dollar could have a tough week as it increased the chances of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cutting interest rates this year. However Brexit negotiations are likely to be the most important driver for GBPAUD exchange rates. If Theresa May has managed to sway MPs to vote in favour of her Brexit deal I expect the pound to make further inroads against the Australian dollar. However, if MPs decide to extend Article50 or vote to crash out of the EU this could have a negative impact on the pound and rates could fall to levels we become accustom to last year.
  22. Anthony from Moneycorp

    AUD Declining due to economy

    The Pound-to-Australian Dollar exchange rate is trading at 1.8456 at the start of the new week after declining a percent in the previous week, cutting back the pair's 2019 advance to 2%. The losses suffered by the pair over recent sessions appear to have come largely from the Sterling side of the equation as opposed to independent Australian Dollar strength, with markets paring back exposure to the UK currency ahead of a key week of Brexit votes in the House of Commons. major weakness in the Australian economy is the state of the housing market which has seen steep discounts recently. This has pressured the Australian Dollar lower as it could prompt the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) into cutting interest rates: lower interest rates, or expectations thereof, tend to weigh on a currency.
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  24. Mattcouts

    FX transfer UK to Aus

    Hi My partner and I are moving to Aus (she's an Aussie) in the autumn 2018. We have quite a bit of savings which we are keen to move over to Aus for a house. We will look to buy early/mid 2019 between North Sydney and the Central Coast. GBP/AUD is at a low but clearly it could get worse if Brexit negotiations go badly/ no deal but could do better if we get a decent deal/ not a terrible deal. What I and no one else can do is predict what is likely to happen but I am interested to know if anyone has been in a similar situation and what strategies you used to move money over, did you do it in stages, wait for the uptick, do it in £5000 chunks?... any/ all ideas welcome. Thanks Matt
  25. Hi there, I am looking to transfer money from the UK to buy a house in Oz within the next year or so. I've used a forex company to transfer smaller sums and I'm aware of options like forward contracts and limit orders to help protect against exchange rate fluctuations when moving larger sums. But I'd really like advice from someone who understands the markets on the best time to move the money. Does anyone know whether there are companies that offer this? A fellow Pom mentioned having transferred the proceeds of a UK house sale some years back, and says he paid commission to an advisor who helped him decide on the best moment to make the transfer, and the commission paid was well worth it. He can't remember who he used, and I can't find a service like this on google. My forex company say they don't offer anything like this. Obviously no one has a crystal ball, but I'm guessing an expert broker would be in a much better position to make the call than I am! Many thanks for any help!