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  1. Susan from Moneycorp

    Weekly currency market update:

    Hi everyone ~ I hope we'll all be able to enjoy the best Easter weekend we can; friends, family and the things you love the most. Just wanted to send through our weekly round-up of the major currency movements from last week's Covid market - understandably a very volatile time - Weekly Update 10.April 2020 GBP Held back by PM’s absence The FX market was not at its most coherent over the shortened pre-holiday week. Initially the mood was upbeat, in anticipation that the tragic Covid-19 pandemic would soon have run its course and that life would return to normal. Then the doubts set in, and then they evaporated again. Sterling found itself in no-man’s land, left behind, in turn by the safe-havens and the commodity dollars. An eventual net average loss of 0.8% left sterling level with the US dollar and cost it a fifth of a euro cent. It lost appreciable ground to the Australian and NZ dollars. Sterling’s situation was not improved by the prime minister in the intensive care unit of St Thomas’s Hospital. In his absence the government found it difficult to avoid looking indecisive and investors were less than impressed. EUR No agreement on fiscal stimulus The purchasing managers’ index readings on Friday provided a reminder of just how difficult life has become for the services sector in parts of Europe. On a scale of 0-100, where 50 represents stagnation and zero means annihilation, Italy scored 17.4 in March. Euroland as a whole was not a whole lot better at 26.4 and the composite euro zone reading was a dismal 29.7 (UK 36.0). For the euro the biggest challenge was the failure of euro zone finance ministers to find common cause on joint fiscal stimulus. After a 16-hour video conference on Tuesday the Eurogroup was unable to agree on a way to provide emergency finance to the countries – particularly Italy – hardest-hit by the tragic Coronavirus. The impasse highlighted the EU’s national divisions but did not prevent it picking up a fifth of a US cent. USD Rides out job losses In the normal course of affairs the single most important US economic statistic is the monthly change in nonfarm payrolls. Over the last 12 months they averaged a 150k increase. Last Friday’s figure, nominally for March, was an aberration, falling 701k. However, the timing of the data completely understated the carnage that has taken place in the US labour market. In the last two weeks 10 million people signed on unemployed and another six million are likely to have joined them in this week’s figures. However, so inured are investors to miserable statistics that there was no reaction from the US dollar. It was unchanged against sterling and a fifth of a cent lower against the euro. AUD This week’s top performer Although the data and economic news from Australia were mostly mediocre, the Aussie was the week’s top performer, strengthening by an average of 1.7% against the other majors. It took more than five cents off sterling and added one and a half US cents. The main driver for the Aussie was the same one that demoted the safe-haven Japanese yen to the back of the field. Investors found renewed confidence that things would be alright as soon as Covid-19 has vanished. It may have been premature but, ‘Fear Of Missing Out’, took risk assets and commodity currencies higher across the board. February’s 0.5% monthly rise in retail sales was irrelevant but the downturn in international trade for the same month was at least in part a function of the shutdown in China. When the Reserve Bank of Australia left its benchmark Cash Rate unchanged at 0.25% on Tuesday it noted that “a very large economic contraction is… expected to be recorded in the June quarter and the unemployment rate is expected to increase to its highest level for many years”. NZD Following the Aussie True to form, the Kiwi shared some, but not all of the Aussie’s fate. This week it had a positive effect, taking the NZ dollar an average of 0.9% higher against its peers. It added one US cent and took three and a half cents off sterling. NZ data showed a 3.9% monthly fall for electronic card retail sales in March and a 1.2% fortnightly increase in dairy prices. The most interesting number, however, was the sharp fall in business confidence. NZIER’s Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion found confidence plummeting from -21% to -70% in March. A net 16% of firms plan to reduce headcount in the next quarter.
  2. Susan from Moneycorp

    Covid

    "We know that behind every currency transaction is someone’s ambition, passion or dream and we’re entrusted with something very important." Our Managing Director Lee McDarby shares some well-rounded thoughts here on the current situation for those changing currency, making foreign payments or buying shares ~ https://www.linkedin.com/posts/leemcdarby_stayhome-staysafe-moneycorp-ugcPost-6652844440283160576-Jnvf
  3. Susan from Moneycorp

    £/AU$ markets update from Moneycorp ~

    Hi Everyone, Here's the latest overview that we have regarding the GBP/AUD market: currently 1.9730 as we speak - What’s happening to the AUD/GBP exchange rate? A quick look at the performance of the Australian dollar in the FX market during the global pandemic The Australian dollar has been under pressure all year; as a commodity-based currency, it was among the first to struggle due to the impact of the coronavirus. Now, as the countries implement various forms of lock-down and governments scramble to deliver aid packages to support workers and stalled businesses, the picture has become more complex and there is further volatility in the FX market which is causing fluctuations in the Aussie. The initial stimulus plan announced by the Australian government, including AUD 25,000 to small businesses and AUD 750 to every welfare recipients, did nothing to help the Australian dollar. The measures were announced in concert with a second rate cut from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), which also announced a funding facility for SMEs and a 0.25% target rate for three-year government bonds. Neither did anything to help the Aussie, which fell by an average of 2.1% against a basket of currencies, including three cents to the pound. It isn’t all bad news; the RBA’s AUD 5bn stimulus by buying up government securities did give the Australian dollar a boost and it made gains against the US dollar. The move was seen as a positive for local stock markets which could help the currency in the coming weeks, although investors remain cautious. News from the US Federal Reserve inadvertently provided assistance to the Australian dollar this week at a time when the pound succumbed to the sustained pressure of the crisis. The Aussie made gains against sterling following the Fed’s plans to buy government-backed debt, which led to brief optimism in global financial markets. This optimism extended to a belief in the efficacy of the second coronavirus stimulus package from the Australian government. The relief is now equivalent to almost 10% of Australia’s GDP. At the moment, statistics are largely being ignored but the provisional purchasing managers’ indices from Australia showed a surprise 50.1 for the manufacturing PMI. The composite measure came in at 40.7, however, because the services PMI was recorded at 39.8. The reason that the numbers have such little impact is that such a drop in performance is expected across the globe. The challenge for the Australian dollar is that investors expect that the current crisis may put the country into a prolonged recession. Against the pound, the Australian dollar remains volatile. Both currencies are under pressure and much relies on the effectiveness of the respective government efforts to stem the spread of the virus as well as the economic measures designed to support the economy. The US will also be a factor for both currencies because of the impact on global financial markets and the US dollar is currently under pressure after a support package was stalled in Congress and the government aid response to aid was found lacking. The situation is changing by the hour and if you’re looking to send funds back to the UK or elsewhere in the world, it’s worth working with a currency specialist like moneycorp. As well as allowing you to organise your transfer online or over the phone while you’re staying at home, great rates, low fees and expert guidance on the rapidly evolving market will help you make the most of your money and get it where it needs to be in such difficult times. Moneycorp is a reference to TTT Moneycorp Pty Limited which is registered in Australia (business number 116612858). Its principal place of business is Level 15 Exchange Tower, 2 The Esplanade, Perth WA 6000, Australia. TTT Moneycorp Pty Limited is authorised to deal in foreign exchange contracts and buy/sell quotes to retail and wholesale clients as an Authorised Representative (reference number 445555) of Rochford Capital Pty Limited (AFSL License No. 361276).
  4. Susan from Moneycorp

    Saying Hello!

    Hi everyone! Just thought I'd say Hello and introduce myself - my name's Susan and I look after the Moneycorp Australia office over here in Sydney I've been here a while - originally from the UK - and have been through the Migration process myself; so I completely understand how frustrating/painful/maddening/exciting/brilliant/crazy it can be! I do a lot of travelling & have been in the Banking business most of my life, so if I can help in any way just ask the questions
  5. Susan from Moneycorp

    Extended Working Holiday visas - Fire relief 2020

    Not sure if anyone's seen this already, but I think it's fantastic! Win-win for everyone https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/extended-working-holiday-visa-for-australia/
  6. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/what-has-been-the-impact-of-the-coronavirus-on-the-australian-dollar/
  7. Susan from Moneycorp

    It's Valentine's Day!

    It hasn't slipped the minds of those fantastic people in our Copy team that tomorrow's a Special Day..... www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/sending-love-all-over-the-world/
  8. Morning everyone ~ With the Corona virus understandably having an impact on economies around the world, I thought I'd send through our overview of how trading and commentary went last week in our Australasian zone: https://www.moneycorp.com/globalassets/documents/terms-conditions/tcs/asian-currency-review---07th-february-2020.pdf
  9. I think the reason so many of us move to Australia is for the fantastic quality of life and the Work/Life balance the Aussie culture allows us. Something our marketing team recently wrote about ~ https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/finding-your-own-work-life-balance/
  10. Susan from Moneycorp

    Retiring to Oz ~

    Morning Everyone! Happy Friday from sunny Sydney I've recently had a large number of older clients making the permanent move over here for various reasons: some coming to join their children and grand-children, some from the UK because of their thoughts on Brexit, others because, now retired, they want a different life based more outdoors with kinder weather/lifestyle etc. They've all needed to bring over house-sale proceeds, savings, UK pensions, share-portfolios etc - something we can help with too. Here's a blog we created specifically with this in mind: https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/retiring-to-australia/
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