The Australian dollar - where to next?

By Tim Strube

The Australian dollar has seen an impressively strong period for the past 2 months, trading from 0.7164 in late December to the current 0.7664 USD per AUD.

According to analysts at HSBC, US President Trump has been a key factor behind recent US dollar weakness. They warn that Trump’s desire for a weaker US dollar will likely be undone by his policy mix, which is largely US dollar positive.

Momentum remains positive for the AUD/USD and should be considered at a fair value despite these elevated levels looking back 12 months. It has been a rollercoaster where back in April 2016, we have seen the high just above 0.7800 only to see a new low of 0.7180 a month later. A new high was reached just after the US presidential election of 0.7750 followed by the low again in December.

Even though the markets prefer to remove an excessive volatility from the AUD/USD, the outcome and direction is to a large degree dependent on the US fiscal and monetary discussion and actions.

With the US federal reserve assertive tightening bias, this should maintain upside pressure on US interest rates and the US dollar. On the other hand, one has to be more cautious on any RBA action this year. Analysts at Westpac are calling for a lower AUD/USD @ 0.7400 with a 1 – 3 months time frame in mind.

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