Market Update – 20th March 2020 – AUD Dives Before RBA Rate Cuts to 0.25%

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AUD Falls: 

The Aussie Dollar had one of those days to forget, losing 300 points in a matter of hours as the RBA went on to cut interest rates to a record low 0.25%. The majority of the falls occurred in the hours before the cut, with the worst fall happening around 12.56pm when the AUD/USD cross fell from 0.5660 to a low of 0.5508 in the space of five minutes. AUD/GBP held up OK yesterday, however similar falls were seen against the Euro and JPY (which is typically classified as a safe haven currency in times of uncertainty).

Many clients have been booking Forward Contracts lately, and I do think that remains the best course of action in this current market and with this increased volatility. AUD/USD while down substantially (10 cents) over the past month may still have further to go. As such prudent risk management for importers means hedging your currency exposures with Forward Contracts.

AUD EXCHANGE RATES:

AUD/USD – 0.5700

AUD/GBP – 0.4957

AUD/EUR – 0.5342

AUD/NZD – 1.0065

AUD/JPY – 63.266

OTHER MARKETS:

All Ords (XAO) – 4,809

Gold – A$2,564/oz

Silver –  A$21.05/oz

WTI – US$25.66 barrel

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