Australian Dollar (AUD)

QUOTE AND NEWS
News.com.au  Mar 19  Comment 
THE Australian dollar is one US cent weaker as traders pile back into the greenback.
The Australian  Mar 19  Comment 
THE Australian dollar is one US cent weaker, unwinding the gains made on a temporary fall in the greenback.
The Australian  Mar 19  Comment 
THE Australian dollar and shares soared on expectations of further interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank.
Forex News  Mar 19  Comment 
The Australian dollar leaped higher earlier on the news that the Federal Reserve was revising its economic forecast. Now, after a jump, the Aussie is down against the dollar and the pound, although it is still higher against the euro....
WA Business News  Mar 18  Comment 
The Australian dollar has surged by two-and-a-half US cents after the US Federal Reserve surprised financial markets with weaker American growth forecasts, before falling back.
The Australian  Mar 18  Comment 
THE Australian dollar has shot up after the US Federal Reserve hinted at a less aggressive outlook for rate hikes over the coming 12 months.
News.com.au  Mar 18  Comment 
THE Australian dollar has soared by more than one-and-a-half US cents after the US Federal Reserve signalled it would need to see an improvement in the jobs market.
News.com.au  Mar 17  Comment 
THE Australian dollar is weaker as the US Federal Reserve begins its two-day meeting on monetary policy.




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The Australian Dollar (also known as "Aussie" [1]) is the currency of the Commonwealth of Australia. It is denoted with a leading $, though in an international context the $ is often appended to an "A" or "AU" to distinguish the currency from other dollars. For example, within the nation of Australia $27 is read "twenty-seven dollars," while in an international context the same value might be written AU$27 and read "twenty-seven dollars, Australian".

The chart at left shows the USD/AUD currency pair; the number of Australian Dollars equivalent to 1 U.S. Dollar (USD).

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Trading Hours

The most active AUD trading hours are from Tokyo Open (7:00PM ET / 0:00 GMT), AUD Economic Releases (7:30AM ET / 0:30 GMT) and U.S. Economic Releases (8:30AM ET/ 13:30 GMT).

Things to know when Trading the Australian Dollar (AUD)

The chart below showcases the relationship between gold and AUD/USD. Australia happens to be one of the biggest producers of gold; therefore, gold prices have an impact on the pair.

Nickname – The only nickname for the Australian dollar is the Aussie which is a shortened version of the name.

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The 10 year chart of Gold vs. AUD / USD

Central Bank - The Reserve Bank of Australia conducts monetary policy meetings 11 times a year and their decisions on interest rates could have significant ramifications for the currency market. Glenn Stevens is the central bank governor for Australia. He assumed the post in 2006 and can serve up to 7 years.

Most Active Trading Hours – We tend to see the most significant volatility in the Australian dollar when Australian economic data is being released which is usually around the Tokyo open.

What Does the Economy Rely On? – Australia is a service sector economy but the country produces a tremendous amount of key commodities such as gold and copper. Therefore the Australian economy can be very sensitive to the moves in commodity prices.

Who Does the Economy Rely on for Trade? – Australia’s largest trading partners are in the Asia-Pac region. They do the most trade with Japan followed by China and South Korea.

Market Moving Economic Releases – Central bank rate decisions are usually the most market moving indicators, which mean that they can create the greatest volatility for any currency followed by the employment report, the consumer spending and inflation reports

The Australian Economy

Key Facts

The Australian Economy is comprised of 71.1% Services, 26.4% Industrial, and 2.5% Agriculture. It's largest trading partners are Japan, China, South Korea, US and New Zealand. Some other key facts about the Australian Economy:

  1. Sixth Most Traded Currency
  2. RBA Holds Highest Rate out of All G10 Central Banks
  3. Depends Heavily on Export Demand from China
  4. World’s Fourteenth Largest Economy
  5. Home of the Eight Largest Stock Exchange – the Australian Securities Exchange

General Economic Statistics

2008 GDP Estimate(USD $1.069 Trillion)
Population:22.3 Million
Interest Rate*4.5
Inflation**2.50%
Trade Balance***AUD $2.1 Billion

Market Moving Economic Releases

  1. RBA Rate Decision
  2. Retail Sales
  3. Consumer Prices
  4. Employment Change
  5. GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
  6. Trade Balance
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