Australian Dollar rises off the canvas after the RBA keeps rates on hold

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In short

  1. The RBA left interest rates on hold
  2. The statement that followed the decision was upbeat, helping the Australian dollar rise
  3. More reports and speeches from the RBA later in the week

AUD to USD exchange rates

Time Open Low High
Today 0.6737
In the last week 0.6684 0.6777
In the last month 0.6684 0.6955

The Aussie Dollar bounced back from 10 and a half year lows on Monday to move higher on Tuesday. The local currency bounced as soon as the RBA announced that official interest rates would remain at 0.75%.

What helped drive the Australian dollar higher was the upbeat statement that came with the decision. It painted a fairly positive picture of the Australian economy while still acknowledging the potential downside of the Australian bushfires and coronavirus.

 

The outlook for the global economy remains reasonable. There have been signs that the slowdown in global growth that started in 2018 is coming to an end. Global growth is expected to be a little stronger this year and next than it was last year and inflation remains low almost everywhere.

– Reserve Bank Governor Dr Philip Lowe

 

  • The AUD to USD exchange rate is up about 1% from it's low yesterday
  • The AUD to EUR exchange rate pushed above 61 cents for the first time this month
  • The AUD to GBP exchange rate is 1 cent higher (or nearly 2%)
  • The AUD to JPY exchange rate is up 1.5% to 73.80
  • The AUD to NZD exchange rate traded above 1.0400 for the first time in weeks before settling back to 1.0375

Up Next

This week there is lots of economic data for the market to digest, both locally and abroad.

 

Country Day Event
China Monday Caixin Manufacturing PMI
New Zealand Tuesday Unemployment rate
Australia Tuesday RBA Interest rate decision and statement
Australia Tuesday CBA PMI for January
Australia Thursday RBA's Governor speech
Australia Thursday Trade Balance data
Australia Friday RBA Monetary Policy Statement
USA Friday Nonfarm Payrolls