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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Reiterating AUD support

The merits of the NZD are however overshadowed by the outlook for the AUD. The AUD:USD offers better exposure to commodities for several reasons. I think the Australian food commodity export prices are rising faster than NZ food exports, Australian natural gas exports cover its oil imports, making it effectively a slight net oil equivalent exporter. Subdued property market is slowing consumption like in NZ, but Australia has solid buisness investment in mining industry - thats future productive capacity. Iron ore, coal, gold, copper prices remain high, and most of these revenues are locked in for the next year. For this reason I think the AUD is the currency to hold at least until September, then I would be switching to USD I suspect.
Andrew Sheldon

NZD makes sense as a carry trade

The NZD has been having a rally of late. If you focus on the negative press you might have thought otherwise about holding NZD. The reality is that a weak domestic economy is good for the NZD since it undermines credit growth and domestic consumption, which in turn reduces imports, whilst exports remain resilient. NZ has the benefit of being a food exporter, so it should benefit more in future as we see more general increases in the prices of food. NZ produces little oil so there is some basis for weakness there. NZ is not a great story, but if you are looking for a interest swap (yield) proposition it makes a lot of sense, whether as a carry trade.
Andrew Sheldon

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Westpac second to call $A-greenback parity

According to the SMH Online "Westpac has become the first major Australian bank to predict that the Australian dollar will achieve parity with its US counterpart". Having forecast that the USD parity twice in the last 2 months, I'm glad the banks finally recognise the reality. I was hounded on Japan Forum for my bold forecast. The error of many was to overstate the importance of the current account deficit and foreign debt (55% of GDP). These factors are not as important in the current context as they were back in the 1980s. The reasons are:
1. The current account deficit (7% of GDP) will fall as interest rates rise
2. A significant amount of the CAD is due to capital inflows which are actually financing much-needed mining & energy production capacity. That capacity of course is going to increase our export earnings.
3. The outlook for metal prices looking forward 10 years is very good
4. We have yet to see the farm sector make any real contribution to our exports, and food prices are starting their own price rally. This is truly the era for commodities.

The implications is that rising interest rates will curtail spending, and thus imports, whilst exports will continue to increase. As far as the foreign debt is concerned, its a sign of Australia's attraction as an investment destination. In fact, we have good quality housing stock as collateral, aside from the mines. Who wouldn't want to invest in Australia's high yielding currency. Actually the AUD can be considered a 'hard currency'.

Westpac forecast today that the Australian dollar will reach $US1.01US by the start of next year as interest rates in Australia stay high and the benefits of the resource boom remain strong in the economy. I personally think the AUD will perform even better. I can see it topping out at $1.05 by year end because of rising rates in Australia, but falling rates in the US. That situation will reverse come year-end, though I still see the AUD staying in a high range, with $A0.95 a likely support in coming years. The Australian dollar was 94.84 in the New York after the Reserve Bank left official interest rates at 7.25%.

The AUD will benefit from further cuts in interest rates by the US Federal Reserve, and this is occurring at a time when the AUD is under pressure to raise rates. Its possible the RBA will hold off too, as I suspect it will not want to push the AUD higher, particularly if it too perceives the Fed as subsidising the US banking system prior to an election. There is potential for a widening in the so-called yield gap between US and Australian rates. Apart from the yield gap, there is the attraction of portfolio investment in the Australian mining industry. We have yet to see any significant investment in gold companies, and I believe we might yet see a lot of Chinese investment in Australian mining, just as the Japanese did decades ago.

The reality is that the banks never understood the metal sector. They thought this was just another unsustainable commodities rally. "Before today's update, Morgan Stanley had the strongest Australian dollar outlook among major financial firms with its prediction the currency would be at 96 US cents by the first quarter 2009". Pathetic. Can one expect their fund managers to be any better? Overpaid dicks.
Andrew Sheldon

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

AUD-USD going to parity with USD

I have long argued that the AUD is moving towards parity with the USD. I can see the AUD rising as high as 1.05USD, however I remain to be convinced of that. Technically the AUD looks like gathering momentum, and I see the Fed keeping interest rates low in the lead up to the US presidential elections. Post-election I actually see US interest rates being raised aggressively, which will send the AUD into a tail-spin. So it will be a short term ascension for the AUD. I expect the Fed to start raising rates just prior to the election, if only to create the perception of independence. Who are they kidding?
Andrew Sheldon

EUR-USD returning to USD1.60

The EUR-USD is set to rally again to USD1.60 based on technicals. The EUR is currently lying at USD1.55 support. -------------------------------------
Andrew Sheldon

AUD-JPY will break Y100 again

The AUD has had a good run against the Yen as expected. Although I can see short term delays breaking Y100, I actually believe the AUD is going to return to its previous high of Y108. At this point it will be sold off. The outlook for the AUD is going to remain positive. Strong capital inflows is supporting the market, whilst high oil prices and higher interest rates are helping to curb spending. It doesn't get any better. Higher interest rates is required to curb imports, which paradoxically result in a stronger AUD. At some point (Y108) the traders take their Yen and run though, and the likely reason will be weaker outlook for industrial commodities. Iron ore & coal though look good, so do the agricultural commodities. Inflation remains a problem.
Andrew Sheldon

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