Market Update – 20th March 2019 – AUD Declines With Aussie House Prices, FOMC Decision Tonight

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AUD Declines:

Well that might just be it for the time being for the AUD’s good little run with the local currency making a swift retreat from the 0.7100 level vs the Greenback but is also lower against all the other majors. The Home Price Index was released yesterday and showed that in the December quarter prices declined by 2.4% nationally taking the total losses for the full year to around 5.1% nationally with Sydney and Melbourne the worst performers. More recent data for the latest quarter won’t be released by the ABS for another 2 months, however CoreLogic’s more recent data is showing continued steep declines.

RBA Minutes: 

While the RBA have watched the deteriorating housing market and lending conditions, in their minutes released yesterday they suggested that a lack of dwelling investment was expected to subtract from growth and the decline “could be sharper” than currently expected however “members agreed that there was not a strong case for a near-term adjustment”. Strange when you consider that our economy is built on just a few pillars of which housing is a major part. I think a rate cut is still likely at some point this year. As such for Importers Forward Contracts in my opinion are the best way to play the current scenario especially if protecting your costing levels is the main focus.

U.S Interest Rate Decision: 

The FOMC meet to set U.S interest rates early tomorrow morning, however no change is anticipated as the U.S Fed take a wait and see approach to monetary policy. The market may still move on comments from Jerome Powell, so clients wishing to avoid risk should probably book USD payments today.


AUD/USD – 0.7056

AUD/GBP – 0.5310

AUD/EUR – 0.6210

AUD/NZD – 1.0309

AUD/JPY – 78.639


All Ords (XAO) – 6,276

Gold – A$1,843/oz

Silver –  A$21.69/oz

WTI – US$59.29/barrel


GBP – CPI at 8.30pm

USD – Federal Funds Rate & FOMC Statement at 5.00am (tomorrow morning)

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