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  1. The Australian Dollar set a new December low last week as international risk appetites waned but events in the global arena are now expected to provide breathing space to the Antipodean currency during the week ahead. Australia's Dollar had trended gently higher last week until dire Chinese economic figures sent it tumbling into the Friday close, although Sterling's own unique weakness meant the Pound-to-Aussie rate simply moved sideways. Looking ahead, the Aussie can rise over the coming days if the China story proves supportive. This is a busy week for the Communist Party, which celebrates 40 years of unprecedented economic growth under its leadership.
  2. After opening last week at the level of 1.7678, GBP/AUD plummeted and briefly touched on a low of 1.7295 amid UK political fears. GBP/AUD recovered over half of its weekly losses however, closing the week at 1.7530. On Monday morning, fresh market risk-aversion made it easier for GBP/AUD to trend closer to the level of 1.7586. Despite broad market uncertainty about how the Brexit process could unfold, the volatile Pound edged higher against a weaker Australian Dollar. Investors sold the relatively risky trade-correlated Australian Dollar, amid market concerns that global growth is slowing. Weaker data in China, Australia’s biggest trade partner, has also weakened the ‘Aussie’.
  3. The Tories have triggered a vote of no confidence in Theresa May, which causes further uncertainty surrounding Brexit. The 1922 Committee chair, Sir Graham Brady has now received more than the 48 letters required from Conservative MPs for a leadership challenge. Sir Brady has stated there will be a ballot this evening. Over 20 Conservative back benchers have publicly announced their letters of no confidence have been submitted, among those are several prominent figures of the Tory Party. Former Brexit minister Steve Baker and Chair of the European Research Group, Jacob Rees-Mogg. It seems that the cancellation of yesterday’s vote has proved unpopular amongst Tory members and was the cause of the additional letters to the 1922 committee. This does not bode well for Sterling with GBP/AUD now in the 1.73s. May’s hopes for renegotiating the Irish Border deal were dashed yesterday when she travelled to the Hague as news emerged Angela Merkel and Jean Claude Junker both told the PM there would be no re-negotiation on the Irish back stop.
  4. Any idea that the Aussie had turned a corner in the sentiment stakes was put to rest this week as it moved lower on a broad front. It held its own until Tuesday but then headed decisively south. The Aussie lost almost one US cent and it fell by nearly two against sterling. Its troubles were the result of a cocktail of confidence denting developments. Reports of a trade deal between Washington and Beijing looked ever less plausible as the White House failed to spell out what had been agreed. Turmoil in global stock markets killed investors’ appetite for “risky” currencies. When the Reserve Bank of Australia kept its Cash Rate benchmark unchanged at 1.5% its statement gave no hint of any increase in the pipeline. As for sterling, investors became less boot-faced about it after a government defeat in the Commons appeared to hand more control of Brexit decisions to Parliament. Therefore, or so the thinking went, a no-deal Brexit had become far less of a possibility.
  5. The Australian dollar has weakened sharply after Australian GDP (Gross Domestic Product) data saw fresh concerns over the Trade Wars weigh on the AUD. This highlights just how volatile this pairing is after moving close to 6 cents in just a week. The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate could be about to enter an extremely volatile session as we get closer to the Parliamentary vote on Brexit in the House of Commons next week. The pound has been under real pressure against a much stronger Australian dollar as the market begins to question the likelihood of Theresa May getting her deal through Parliament.
  6. Despite an early-week surge and persisting Brexit fears, the Australian Dollar (AUD) plunged on Wednesday and the Pound Sterling to Australian Dollar (GBP/AUD) exchange rate was able to recover its losses. After opening this week at the level of 1.7447, GBP/AUD plummeted over a cent on news of a US-China trade truce. On Monday, GBP/AUD hit an 11-month-low of 1.7217. However, GBP/AUD rebounded from its lows on Tuesday and during Wednesday’s session Australian Dollar weakness made it easier for the pair to recover all of its weekly losses and trend nearer the week’s opening levels again.
  7. The Pound Sterling Australian Dollar (GBP/AUD) exchange rate slumped overnight on the RBA’s cash rate release after finding a ceiling at 1.732 in yesterday’s session, the static release of 1.5% prompted another spell to the downside. The pair is currently at 1.72454, slightly above yesterday’s low of 1.72089 and the yearly low of 1.70980. In line with institutional expectations, the RBA left the cash rate unchanged at 1.5%, where it has been since 2016. Speaking with regards to the decision, RBA Governor Philip Lowe painted a picture of global economic expansion but goes on to to comment that trade tensions (read US-China trade war) have the potential to prompt a slowdown in global trade.
  8. GBP to AUD forecast: The next 7 days could have a major influence on the future of GBP/AUD exchange rates as Theresa May is doing everything in her power to convince Conservative MPs to back her Brexit deal. Over the last 6 weeks GBP/AUD exchange rates have been dropping like a stone. Currently the currency pair has fallen 13 cents and the likelihood is further falls are on the horizon up until December 11th.
  9. While many countries are hoping for an end to the tensions between US and China which is having such a disruptive effect on global trade, a report suggesting the US-China trade war may not impact Australia as much as initially feared was good news for the country’s currency. Ecostats showed a wider than expected trade surplus but headline inflation slowed to 1.9% in the third quarter, in line with forecasts. Aussie strengthened by 0.5% against the US dollar after the result, and some smaller gains against the greenback after Australia’s employment rate held steady at 5.0% as the number of people in work increased to 33,000 in October, higher than the expected number of 20,000. However, the numbers were not good enough to counter the rising pound and euro after a tide of positive Brexit sentiment.
  10. The Pound Australian Dollar (GBP/AUD) exchange rate has recovered slightly after yesterday’s fall, and is now trading at AU$1.7646. The risk-averse ‘Aussie’ was hit by comments from the US President Donald Trump on Monday, with news that he planned to raise tariffs on US$200 billion in Chinese exports – an increase to 25% against the previous 10%.
  11. The Australian dollar rate has been struggling to find its feet against its counterparts, but against the pound it has made notable progress owing to Brexit uncertainties. The Australian dollar is volatile owing to US-China trade concerns and acts as a barometer of this topic and global trade in general.
  12. Pound boosted today. The Bank of England (BoE) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted unanimously to maintain the interest rate at 0.5%. There were hints that rate rises would be on the cards for the future as the Bank of England upgraded forecasts for UK growth from 1.6% to 1.8% for this year. If the economy progresses as forecast, the Monetary Policy Committee highlighted that “monetary policy would need to be tightened somewhat earlier and by a somewhat greater extent over the forecast period”.
  13. Not a great amount of movement with the GBP/AUD rate recently - Westpac Consumer Confidence index data out tomorrow which could have an impact on the rate.
  14. Happy New Year everyone. Compared with end of last year, Pound/Australian dollar at lower levels as we start off 2018. Strong commodity prices have helped the AUD.
  15. Hi everyone Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Best wishes John from moneycorp
  16. Pound looking to end the week on a high After some difficult weeks, the pound looks to be ending the week on a high, rising against most major currencies. Positive retail sales in the UK and snippets of good news on the Brexit front this week appear to be contributing from the pound’s perspective.
  17. Worth noting the change in the pound/Australian dollar exchange rate. The Australian dollar is weaker due to falling commodity prices and weak Australian wage growth.
  18. Good levels today for those transferring money from the UK to Australia - feel free to get in touch if you would like any quotes or information. Email - john.kinghorn@moneycorp.com
  19. Yesterday, the Bank of England continued to be supportive of sterling. Chief economist Andy Haldane told a TV interviewer that the Monetary Policy Committee is "nearing the point" where it will increase interest rates. He argued that "rather than being a source of fear or trepidation, this ought to be a good news story". The pound strengthened by an average of 0.2%. The coming two days bring speaking appearances by central bankers from Japan, Britain, Euroland, Australia and the United States. Recent experience suggests that their observations will have more impact on exchange rates than the growth and inflation data which also feature on the agenda.
  20. The Australian dollar had a strong week, although it stumbled slightly later on. The strength can largely be attributed to weakness elsewhere, from the US and NZ dollar and the pound. July retail sales data from Australia showed that consumer spending was stalling and the trade surplus was listed at $0.46 billion, the lowest number for three months.
  21. Australian dollar slightly weaker over last day or so. Follows risk aversion after tensions were raised again between the US and North Korea.
  22. The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee today announced its decision not to raise interest rates with a vote of 6-2 for no change. The last rate change came in August 2016, cutting the bank rate from 0.5% to 0.25% following the Brexit vote. The report also suggested “sluggish” growth in the UK economy, dropping forecasts from 1.9% to 1.7% in 2017. As a reason for the change, Governor Mark Carney cited weak wage growth and rising inflation reducing the spending power of households. Since the announcement, the pound has weakened.
  23. As expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia kept its cash rate benchmark unchanged at 1.5% after this morning's meeting. After dissecting the language of the RBA's statement investors decided that an early rate increase is unlikely. The Aussie lost a little ground on the news.
  24. AUD weekly currency update Wednesday was an interesting day for the Aussie. Early on, the consumer price index figures showed Australian inflation slowing by more than expected in the second quarter, down from 2.1% to 1.9%. It was a bigger fall than investors had been prepared for and gave new meaning to the deputy governor's warning, the previous Friday, that they should not be looking for any early increase in interest rates. The Aussie took a step to the rear. It more than made up for it later in the day when the US Federal Reserve dampened expectations of an imminent tightening of monetary policy, The net result was an Australian dollar that was virtually unchanged on the week against the British pound. It strengthened by three quarters of a US cent. The two were among the week's top performers, sterling helped by a provisional expansion of the UK economy by 0.3% in the second quarter.
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