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Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Reserve Bank of Australia

Interest Rate: 1.50%

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2017: 47.1%

Trade Balance, 2017: $9.1 bln.

Inflation, 2017: 2%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:

Fitch
AAA
Stable
Moody's
Aaa
Stable
S&P
AAA
Stable

Supporting Factors

Major commodity exporter

medium

High-yielding interest rates

weak

Factors of Weakness

Domestic housing bubble

The Australian dollar is the official currency of the Commonwealth of Australia. It is often called the Aussie by Forex traders. The currency was implemented in 1966 and allowed to freely float at 1983. Australia has an export-driven economy (the mining sector represents 19% of GDP), therefore the value of the Aussie depends on commodity prices. Australia has strong trading ties with Asia, particularly China, so economic growth in that region has a particularly strong impact on Australia’s currency. The Aussie is used in carry trade because of the relatively high interest rates in Australia.



Australian Dollar News Archive

Australian Dollar Propelled by Solid Employment Data

The Australian dollar rose today, propelled higher by strong employment figures. The falling inflation expectations did not affect the currency at all. While the Aussie has trimmed gains against some of its most-traded rivals by now, the currency remains safely above the opening level.

Aussie Reacts Negatively to China’s Disappointing Retail Sales

The Australian dollar attempted to rally during the Wednesday’s trading session but fell later. Some market analysts attributed the decline to the worse-than-expected retail sales in China. China’s macroeconomic data often has strong impact on the Australian currency because China is Australia’s biggest trading partner. Economic reports released in Australia itself over the current session were good.

Aussie Falls Despite Improved RBA Economic Outlook, China’s PPI Weighs

The Australian dollar was soft today, falling against the euro and the Japanese yen for the first time after six sessions of gains in a row. Market analysts pointed at China’s slowing producer inflation as the most likely culprit in the currency’s decline.

Australian Dollar Bounces Despite Shrinking Construction Sector

The Australian dollar behaved in a fashion similar to its New Zealand counterpart, falling intraday but rebounding later. Unlike the New Zealand dollar, though, the Aussie did not have support of positive macroeconomic data.

Australian Dollar Rebounds After Falling on China’s Data

The Australian dollar dipped intraday following the economic releases in Australia and China. While Australia’s indicators were within expectations, China’s reports were disappointing. The currency has rebounded by now, trading near the opening level.

NZD & AUD Firm Despite China’s GDP Miss

The New Zealand dollar, as well as its Australian counterpart, was strong today. The currencies rose against their most-traded rivals even as economic growth in China, the biggest trading partner of both New Zealand and Australia, was slower than expected. The miss was small, though, and other Chinese macroeconomic indicators were within expectations.

Australia’s Data Doesn’t Look Amazing, Aussie Defies Fundamentals

The Australian dollar was among the strongest currencies today. That puzzled market analysts as Australia’s macroeconomic reports were not particularly favorable and the market sentiment was negative to riskier commodity-related currencies due to geopolitical tensions and prospects for additional monetary tightening from the Federal Reserve.

Australian Dollar Flat After RBA Minutes, China’s Inflation Data

The Australian dollar was basically flat against most of its major peers following the release of policy minutes by the Reserve Bank of Australia and inflation data in China, Australia’s biggest trading partner.

Australian Dollar Shows Resilience in Face of Adverse Fundamentals

The Australian dollar managed to hold its ground, trading near the opening level against its major peers, despite fundamentals that were rather unfavorable to the currency today.

Aussie Unable to Hold onto Gains Caused by Improving Consumer Sentiment

Positive macroeconomic data helped the Australian dollar to rise overnight but the currency has trimmed its gains by now, losing them outright against some of its major peers, including the US dollar and the euro.

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