If you’re holding British pounds or New Zealand dollars and have been waiting for the right time to convert these funds to Australian dollars, now might be the right time.

The GBP/AUD pair has reached its highest level since June 2016 as a result of renewed confidence along the way that a Brexit deal may actually go through by March 29. The pound soared another 1% after UK lawmakers voted to hypothetically take a ‘no deal’ Brexit off the table.

Closer to home, the NZD/AUD pair is close to parity following poor Aussie data. Australian quarterly GDP prints fell again in the December quarter, rounding off what has been a weak performance for the Australian economy.

Currency markets are unpredictable, but what this means is that now could be the right time to repatriate funds, particularly if you’re holding NZD or GBP.

The table below, using the market rate, shows repatriating £100,000 to AUD in December 2018 vs March 2019 could result in almost $15,000 more Aussie dollars.

Month Market Rate GBP AUD
Dec-18 1.7298  £100,000  $172,980
Mar-19 1.8742  £100,000  $187,420


GBP/AUD – 12 months

NZD/AUD – 12 months 

Source: Bloomberg

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All pricing comparison data obtained and prepared by WorldFirst through online research and reflects daily rates as at the last update marked by time/date stamp.
Based on transfers of AUD to GBP, AUD to USD, AUD to EUR, AUD to NZD and AUD to SGD (including inverse). Fees not included.
Big 4 exchange rates have been obtained from customer rates published publicly on websites of  ANZ, NAB, CBA and Westpac at time stamped on page. Rates in comparison obtained on Sept 4, 2018 at 8:43am.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information is accurate, you should confirm the latest exchange rates with WorldFirst prior to making a decision.
The information published is general in nature only and does not consider your personal objectives, financial situation or particular needs and is not recommending any particular product to you.

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