In the past week, the Australian Dollar witnessed notable fluctuations, a high of 0.6821 and a low of 0.6624 to close out the week, a trend driven by the strong performance of the U.S. Dollar supported by impressive GDP figures.
The U.S. economy surprised analysts by registering a 2.4% year-on-year growth until the end of the second quarter, surpassing expectations of a 1.8% expansion. This robust growth prompted the Federal Reserve to raise its target rate by 25 basis points, with future rate decisions to be guided by incoming data.
The Federal Reserve's move has led to discussions in the market about the potential implementation of a more stringent monetary policy in the United States, considering the tight labour market and the overall strength of the economy.
On the other hand, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is now expected to postpone potential rate hikes following a lukewarm inflation report. The June quarter-on-quarter headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) came in at 0.8%, falling short of the anticipated 1.0% and the previous 1.4%. The RBA's preferred trimmed-mean CPI measure stood at 5.9% year-on-year until the end of June, slightly below the estimates of 6.0% and the prior 6.6%. Additionally, the trimmed mean quarter-on-quarter CPI reading of 1.0% was lower than the forecasted 1.1% and the 1.2% seen in the first quarter.
In light of these economic developments, the prevailing sentiment in the market suggests that the RBA is likely to keep interest rates unchanged for the time being. Consequently, rates continue to remain within the range observed since February, fluctuating between 0.6580 - 0.6780, with occasional deviations that tend to revert back within this band.
Given the current rate landscape, it may be strategically prudent to consider bringing money back into Australia from the US. Additionally, if possible, delaying outbound currency transfers could prove to be a beneficial approach in this situation.
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