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  • Writer's pictureChris Broadfoot

Australian Dollar stumbles at 4-month high!

On Thursday, the Australian dollar experienced a stumble against the US dollar and other major currencies in early European trading. This drop came after government data indicated a continued softening in the labour market for April.

The AUD/USD exchange rate fell to 0.6687 following an announcement by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. They reported that the unemployment rate had increased to 4.1% in April, up from the previous 3.9%. This rise exceeded expectations, as the consensus had predicted no change. Despite an increase in employment by 38,500—higher than the anticipated 23,700—the unemployment rate still rose.

Earlier in the day, the AUD/USD had peaked at 0.6714, marking the highest level since January 12th this year. These developments suggest a possible interest rate cut, with major banks anticipating such a move by November.

In contrast, US inflation data showed a slowdown to 0.3% in April, down from 0.4% in March and below the forecasted 0.4%. This information, released on Wednesday, highlighted that year-on-year core inflation—which excludes volatile food and energy prices—dropped to a three-year low of 3.6%. Additionally, flat retail sales hinted at favourable conditions for potential Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.

These statistics triggered a market sell-off of the USD, reducing bets on a future rate hike by the Federal Reserve. The US dollar weakened against major currencies on Wednesday after April's US consumer price data indicated a continued downward trend in inflation for the second quarter. This increased optimism that the Federal Reserve might implement an interest rate cut as early as September.

The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy is affecting major currencies, exerting downward pressure.

Australian Dollar to US Dollar Exchange Rate
AUD / USD Chart

Meanwhile, European inflation has remained steady at 2.4%, prompting speculation that the European Central Bank might start cutting rates as soon as June.

Additionally, April's unprecedented gold purchases have raised questions among experts about their impact on currencies. With 60% of these global gold buys made by the People’s Bank of China, there is speculation that this could be a strategy to rival the US dollar, especially as discussions around a BRICS currency gain more traction.

The coming months are expected to be intriguing for the currency markets. Given the unpredictable nature of these developments, it's often prudent to adopt a defensive stance, reducing risk and repatriating funds when multi-month or year highs are observed.

Understanding these fluctuations can be complex, but international athletes and global businesses need to stay informed. Exchange rates and market conditions can have significant impacts on your financial decisions.

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