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AUD News: Foreign Currency Market Wrap Up | 5 March 2024

5th March 2024

In The News Today! 5th March 2024
– Market Conditions and what to look out for this week

The Australian Dollar experienced a decline this week, becoming the second-worst performing G10 major currency. The Pound to Australian Dollar exchange rate rose by a third of a percent, reaching 1.9506, following Australia's monthly inflation print falling slightly below expectations.

Inflation Outlook

The data, including the quarterly inflation figure, suggests that inflation is tracking at levels acceptable to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), they will look for further drops in inflation before taking action to cut interest rates.

What happened last week …

Last week, the pressure was back on the AUD after Australian CPI printed lower than the expected, coming in at 3.4%, vs an expected 3.6%. Investors moved away from the AUD, dropping the rate 0.9% from 0.6546, to 0.6487 throughout Wednesday afternoon.

The RBNZ held interest rates steady at 5.5%, dropping the NZD against most majors. The tone from the central bank was soften than previous updates, pushing towards an end to the rate hike cycle, in line with most major central banks globally.

Chinese manufacturing PMI’s came in higher than expected on Friday afternoon, giving the AUD a well needed boost towards the end of the week. It was expected to print at 50.9, though came in above at 51.4. A welcome sign that gave riskier currencies globally a boost against the USD.

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