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November 6th 2007

The Other Side of the Debate

Yesterday, I posted about how market volatility could spell the end of the carry trade, bringing down the Australian Dollar in the process. Today, I will explore the opposite side of the debate, by looking at the factor(s) which support a continued appreciation of the AUD.  A rise in global commodity prices have provided a windfall to Australia, which is rich in natural resources. Unfortunately, the boom in exports and the surge in domestic demand has trickled down in the form of inflation.  As a result, the Central Bank of Australia recently embarked on a campaign of tightening monetary policy.  While this may curb domestic demand, it may attract more foreign capital in the form of carry trades. The gap between US and Australian interest rates is now 2.25%, and looks set to widen further. The Australian Business reports:

The [Australian] dollar’s trade-weighted value rose by 20 per cent between late 2002 and early 2004 but was much slower to respond in the 1970s boom, when the exchange rate was set by government.

Read More: Action needed as current boom echoes overheating of 1970s

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Posted by Adam Kritzer | in Central Banks, Major Currencies | No Comments »

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