In response to a number of requests for an analysis of the Australian Dollar, this article seeks to conclude towards a forecast trend for the British Pound against the Australian Dollar for 2010. Thought readers should note that I neither track nor trade this currency cross and nor do I have the time to spend several weeks performing an in depth analysis of the Australian economy, therefore I am instead will relying upon existing analysis of the U.S. Dollar and GBP as a relative guide in terms of currency trends.
U.S. Dollar Bull Market - Current analysis suggests that the U.S. Dollar is in a bull market that targets USD 84.
GBP Bear Trend - The current analysis concludes towards Sterling being short-term oversold and could bounce higher to £/$1.52-53. However any bounce would be temporary as sterling continues to target a break of £/$1.40 which looks set to occur before the end of March. Further out, the technical picture of support at £/$1.40-37 could yet be blasted in a meltdown towards sterling hitting parity with the DOLLAR, never mind the EURO!
Therefore the above implies relative dollar strength and relative sterling weakness that is manifesting in the forex markets.
Aussie Dollar / U.S. Dollar Cross
The trend in the Aussie dollar is very strong, with the most recent price action resembling a corrective pattern. This is as a consequence of a stronger Australian economy and higher interest rates as illustrated by the metals and mining industry. At this point there is no sign of an end to the correction which looks set to continue to correct within the channel indicated. However it does suggest that ultimately the trend should resolve to the upside to target the 98.50 peak.
Aussie Dollar / British Pound Cross
It would not be an exaggeration to say that the British Pound has crashed against the Aussie Dollar given the move from 0.37 to 0.60 or a 60% drop. I am sure holders of Aussie dollars must be drooling over the relative gain in purchasing power in such a short space of time. i.e. for Australians UK houses are now some now 60% cheaper in a little over a year. Which is a manifestation of the Inflation Mega-trend that I have been warning off as nominal house price falls are replaced by real terms house price falls so as to delude home owners that UK house price are rising when they have in fact crashed at a far greater pace than that witnessed during the nominal house price fall period.
Fundamentals - UK's engine for growth was the financial sector that is now crippled for many years. Australia's is the commodities sector that continues to boom. UK has now passed £1 trillion of official debt with another £3+ trillion of unofficial debt in part as a consequence of bailing out the bankrupt banks that Australia never had to do. the UK economy crashed, Australia's just spluttered, UK economy is experiencing an anaemic economic recovery, Australia's is racing ahead. UK interest rates stand at just 0.5%, Australia has just raised rates to stand at 4%.
Technical Analysis - I see nothing on the chart that indicates an imminent reversal to the strong trend, as the up-trend line is expected to contain corrections during 2010. The breakout above 0.58, has triggered a strong Aussie dollar rally that could carry for some more weeks to probably as high as 0.65, however it will likely retrace back to 0.60 later in the year.
Investing - Clearly the long-term trend continues to favour sterling holders diversifying into australian companies such as large miners i.e. BHP Billinton to benefit both from corporate profits AND the currency advantage. For more on how to profit from the inflationary sterling bear market, see the New FREE 100 page Inflation Mega-trend ebook.
Migration - Sterling's collapse strongly favours migration from Australia to the UK and acts as a disincentive for Brit's to migrate to Australia.
Australian House Prices - Just as the crash in sterling is masking the real terms house price falls in the UK, however the strong Aussie dollar trend also suggests that Australian house prices should be heading for a large fall despite the stronger economy, as in real-terms they have become significantly more expensive over he past 12 months. Furthermore a strong currency should have a deflationary impact on the Australian economy as inflation is exported abroad, this also means australian wages should be under pressure and therefore further depress Australian house prices in terms of affordability. So I would conclude that many Australians must be eyeing selling their properties to lock in any gains, as the outlook should be for weakening Australian house prices.
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By Nadeem Walayat
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