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Australian Dollar Has Best Week in 9 Months; Sterling Has a Shocker


A gain last week of 1.9 percent marked the Australian dollar’s best weekly performance versus the US dollar since December. The Aussie rebound continued with a touch of the $0.73 handle on Friday. Australia’s currency had been worth less than $0.71 just 10 days earlier. It settled for the week at $0.7285.

Further to gains against the US dollar, the Aussie, like everything else, had a windfall on Friday against the British pound, which slumped after the UK’s proposed terms for Brexit were comprehensively rejected by European leaders. The Australian dollar now buys £0.557.

Doing best against the pound on Friday was the euro—that had its best day versus sterling since November and ended the week buying £0.898.

With Brexit at the forefront, the euro continues to struggle against other European G10 currencies. While the euro-Swiss franc rate stabilized, albeit near one-year lows, the euro lost value in all five days of last week versus the Swedish krona, against which it now buys only Kr10.316—a six-week low.

With risk appetite returning, the US dollar and yen declined last week. Against a basket of currencies, the greenback has lost value in five of the past six weeks. Dollar-yen now trades at ¥112.55.

The New Zealand dollar, like its Australian cousin, is in recovery mode. At $0.668, it’s now 2.7 percent higher than the $0.65 print from September 12th, which was a nineteen-month low at the time.

In Asia, the Thai baht settled on Friday at a rate of ฿32.45 to the dollar, marking a fifteen-week high. One narrative that never seems to go away is the weakness of the Philippine peso which, at ₱54.12 to the dollar, approaches a thirteen-year low.

In the Americas, a NAFTA deal, or variation thereof, is still up in the air. The Mexican peso was little changed last week at Mex$18.81; meanwhile, the Canadian dollar tested, but failed to break, August’s low of C$1.2887.

Prominent events on next week’s economic calendar include Wednesday’s FOMC meeting, at which US interest rates are widely expected to be raised to 2.25 percent; ANZ’s measure of New Zealand’s business confidence, also on Wednesday; Thursday’s meeting of the RBNZ, which is unlikely to offer much in the way of new information; and Friday’s “flash” estimate for eurozone inflation.

 

Further Reading

 

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Last update: 11 Dec, 2019

AUD/GBP Between a Rock and a Hard Place – USD Strength

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Both the Australian dollar and British pound sterling have had a hard time of late caught between the rock of the China/US trade war and the Brexit hard place.

Last update: 27 Aug, 2019

Australia Cuts Interest Rates to Record Low

RBA Australian dollar AUD currency news and forecasts

The RBA has cut Australian interest rates to a record low of 1 percent in an effort to boost inflation. The Australian dollar is slightly stronger following the widely expected decision but is expected to lose 5–7 percent of its value before year-end.

Last update: 14 Aug, 2019

  

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