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  1. Good afternoon everyone ~ and a Happy 2021 to anyone I haven't spoken to already! I hope this year (& beyond) you'll be blessed with good health, good fortune and the continued support of good friends and family. Rather than reflect on the year that was - our Global Economists thought they'd take a look at what's coming up in the year ahead ~ hopefully a lot more positive than delving into the past! Here's what we're thinking for 2021: https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/the-future-of-currencies-in-2021/
  2. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....Issue 12

    A big surge in the Australian dollar; continued disharmony in the USA; slow but steady improvement in Europe - and Brexit Brexit Brexit. That Was The Week That Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-11-november-2020/
  3. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....Issue 11

    Australian Retail Sales up; Better than expected economic data for the UK; Low sentiment and low hopes in the Eurozone, and the relentlessly Un-United States of America. That Was The Week That Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-27-november-2020/
  4. Susan from Moneycorp

    What's been happening with the Economy?

    With so much economic and political news bombarding us all, especially in the most recent few months, we thought we'd clarify what's been going on for all our friends at Poms In Oz as we head towards the end of our year ~ Here's the round up: https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/aud-update-as-we-head-towards-the-end-of-the-year/
  5. Susan from Moneycorp

    That Was The Week That Was..... (11)

    The Reserve Bank confirms another AUD base rate cut; The new NZ Cabinet is officially assembled; The UK "unprepared for the changes coming" and; The citizens of North America finally go to vote. That Was The Week That Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-06-november-2020/
  6. With the U.S. Election, plus the Tuesday statement on Australian interest rates due from the Reserve Bank and ongoing Brexit discussion announcements from the UK, the market is expected to be understandably volatile this week. We suggest that anyone looking to reach a specific rate leave an order with your FX specialist so that, if there are sudden moves, you don't miss the opportunity to buy or sell your currency. GBP/AUD currently trading at 1.8420 - market currently seeing the emphasis to the upside with the next resistance at 1.8500 AUD/USD currently trading at 0.7008 - market seeing the trend to the downside with the next support at 0.6970, then 0.6900 Our team will be on-hand 24/7 for our Poms In Oz members - in Australian time on our Sydney office number from 8am: 0414 838586 and, after 7.00pm (AEDT) on 02 8228 1490.
  7. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....Issue 10

    Further rate cuts on the horizon for the AUD; an expected landslide for Jacinda Ardern; a barely-acknowledged Brexit deadline passes for Boris Johnson and continued chaos in the clearly un-United States of America. That Was The Week That Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-23-october-2020/
  8. Susan from Moneycorp

    The upcoming U.S. Election:

    With less than a month to go until the U.S. Election, we look at what may be in store for the currency markets: www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/can-trump-win-again/
  9. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....Issue 9

    Heightened tensions with China, Slow but steady in New Zealand, Encouraging numbers from the UK and the continuing demise of the extremely Un-United States of America. That Was The Week That Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-4-september-20203/
  10. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....(8)

    With division growing wider by the day in the US and Consumer confidence at a 6-year low, stronger than forecast Retail Sales seem to be giving the AUD and GBP something unexpected to smile about in the short--term ~ https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-14-august-20203/
  11. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....(8)

    A storming end to the week for the Pound; the Australian Dollar continues to soar; continued water-treading for the Euro and the division and disagreement continues in the US. That Was The Week That Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-31-july-202022/
  12. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....(7)

    The fears grow around an Australian second wave; true extent of UK unemployment causing concern; a few (Japanese) stumbling blocks for the NZD and the US seemingly going from bad to worse. Depending on whose Tweet you read. That Was The Week That Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-17-july-2020/
  13. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....(5)

    Continued good momentum for New Zealand; Steady as She Goes for the Australian Dollar; Strangely positive news for the Euro and a complete mess in the UK and the USA. That Was The Week That Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief-26-june-2020/
  14. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....(4)

    Further threats to Australia from China, Chaos and turmoil in the Un-United States of America, Painful statistics out of Europe, More concern in the UK and Nothing but good news out of New Zealand: That was the Week that Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief22/
  15. Susan from Moneycorp

    Considering locking in your exchange rate

    Hi everyone ~ A lot of members have been asking me recently about the direction of the Pound & Australian Dollar - especially people who have to make regular international payments or have a payment deadline coming up, where exchange rate fluctuations could make a big impact. We've spoken about the benefit a Forward contract could bring. Thought I'd post a short blog here so that everyone can see how it works: https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/content-hub/blogs/20192/march/a-currency-forward-contract/
  16. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....(4)

    Evening everyone ~ China imposing taxes on Australian exports, NZ’s Performance Services Index showing the lowest activity since 2007, The potential for negative interest rates in the UK and, Nothing good whatsoever coming out of America: That Was The Week That Was. https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/weekly-brief/
  17. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....(3)

    New Zealand bounces out of lockdown - and their currency falls heavily; America announces it's highest unemployment rate - but the USD rises; The UK, especially, seems to be going through a particularly low point and Australia looks best-placed to emerge soonest and more positively than most - but the AUD lost ground to the USD. That Was The Week That Was.... https://www.moneycorp.com/en-au/news-hub/coronabrexit-woes/
  18. Susan from Moneycorp

    That was the week that was.....

    HI everyone, With the currency markets being understandably volatile at the moment, I'm going to start posting our weekly reviews to clarify what really happened once the headlines died down. Here's a summary of last week: https://www.moneycorp.com/en-gb/news-hub/weekly-brief-24-april-2020/ As always, feel free to call for a chat anytime: there are a lot of questions at the moment - and they're all valid ones! 0414 838 586 Susan Watts Director of Business TTT Moneycorp PTY Ltd Australia T: +61 414 838586 Weekly currency summary - 24 April 2020.pdf
  19. 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.
  20. Susan from Moneycorp

    USD market update:

    Happy Friday evening everyone, I'm not sure if too many people follow the USD movements, but at the moment the USD and the Dow Jones is having a significant effect on the world's currrencies. I thought I'd add our USD weekly round-up tonight for anyone who's interested. I hope everyone has a restful weekend ~ USD weekly roundup – Friday 27. March. The US dollar has remained relatively resilient so far during the pandemic, but events have shown that it is not entirely invincible. As the virus continues to spread across the US and it is clear that the country isn’t insulated against such global woes, and this has impacted the US dollar. The US Federal Reserve cut its Funds rate twice in March; it now stands at 0-0.25%. This isn’t the only action available to the Fed and they’ve taken a comprehensive approach, making swap arrangements to provide dollars to the central banks of Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and New Zealand, allowing them to tap up to $450 billion. It has also pledged to soak up a wide range of securities in order to calm markets, support businesses and keep credit flowing. A decade ago the Fed’s early rounds of quantitative easing purchases were limited to US Treasury instruments. The criteria broadened in subsequent rounds of QE. The Fed’s latest “whatever it takes” programme opens the floodgates to all manner of instruments and sets no limit on what it will spend, which means almost unlimited quantitative easing. This week, US equities fell by 16% at one point and some investors are starting to look forward to life after the worst of the pandemic has receded. Investment bank Morgan Stanley estimates that the US economy will shrink by 30% in the second quarter. St Louis Fed President James Bullard is more optimistic, suggesting that “a potential $2.5 trillion hit coming to the economy is both necessary and manageable… an investment in public health that lays the groundwork for a rapid rebound.” In either case, it may be that it is too close to call at the moment. Pressure on the dollar has come from the perception of the government’s response to the pandemic; the USD2trillion package is expected to be approved by the end of the week. Many feel that the US have been late off the blocks when it comes to offering support and may not have done enough to prevent the spread of the virus in the meantime. Employment numbers are expected to show a jump of 2m people unemployed, but in the circumstances this may not prove catastrophic of the dollar when the results are published. While it is difficult to project with any certainty, what is clear is that for some time the US dollar may have been operating business as usual, but there is nothing usual about the situation that the world has found itself in. Liquidity is in short supply and fluctuations this week have shown that the US dollar is not entirely immune to the same pressures as its currency rivals. The situation is changing by the hour and if you’re looking to buy or sell US dollars, 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 transfer 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.
  21. Hi Everyone, I've been working abroad for the past 5 years. I have savings in USD and GBP... I've held them in the hope the Aussie would fall... it just keeps rising :arghh: Any opinions on which way you think the Aussie dollar will head over the longer term? (next 1-2 years....) Any advice/ ideas are much appreciated :biggrin: