Why is the GBP/AUD an important market?
The currency pairing of the British pound to Australian dollar (GBP/AUD) is a popular traded pair in the foreign exchange market, representing a significant quantity of daily trading. It's a pairing which is popular amongst veteran traders and newcomers alike.
GBP/AUD trading hours
The forex market is available 24 hours a day, but UK trading, in particular, tends to get active from 8:00 AM and taper off from 5:00 PM. Of course, there will be times during the day when this currency pair experiences higher volumes - typically around major market announcements.
History of GBP/AUD
The pound sterling dates all the way back to around 775. It evolved into its current, modern form following decimalisation in 1971. Currently, it is the fourth most-traded currency across the foreign exchange market and represents a significant amount of daily trades all around the world.
The Australian dollar was preceded by the Australian pound in the 1960s. Australia decided to replace the old imperial system and move forward using AUD. As the country is so close to the Asian continent, import and export between the two have impacted the AUD greatly over the years.
Look below at the historic pound Sterling to Australian dollar exchange rate:
Factors influencing the GBP/AUD
Role of GBP
A significant factor which affects the value of GBP is the overall performance of the economy across the United Kingdom. There are three gross domestic product (GDP) reports which are released, as follows; Preliminary GDP, Revised GDP, and Final GDP. Traders and investors will follow these reports when trying to determine the future movement in the market.
The price of the pound sterling is also impacted by monetary policies enacted by the Bank of England (BOE). Whenever the BOE deem inflation to be rising too quickly they will utilise monetary policy tools to try to control the rise. During these procedures, interest rates can rise, which is another factor that traders consider when analysing the market and possible future direction for the GBP-AUD pairing.
Role of AUD
Many political and economic factors come into play when trading the AUD. A particularly important point to look out for is the import and export industry of Australia. For decades, the price of the Australian dollar stayed strong, due to the successful export of commodities such as coal, iron ore, and a number of others.
Obviously, the data available about the economic health of a country is always useful to traders. In Australia, the Reserve Bank of Australia plays the central role in determining the value of the AUD at any given time. Another financial point to consider is the exceptionally low-interest rates on Australian Government debt.
How to trade GBP/AUD CFDs
An individual can trade the pound to Australian dollar (GBP/AUD) with either a forex contract or alternatively, they can trade a contract for difference (CFD) on a particular currency pair, and speculate on the price difference.
A CFD is a financial instrument typically between a broker and an investor, where one party agrees to pay the other the difference in the value of a security, between the start and end of the trade. You can either hold a long position (speculating that the price will go up) or a short position (speculating that the price will fall). This is considered a short-term investment or trade as CFDs tend to be used within a limited timeframe.
For instance, to trade the GBP/AUD currency pair using CFDs, you speculate on the direction of the underlying asset. If you think the pound will appreciate then take a long position by buying the CFDs. If you think the pound Sterling will lose value against the Australian dollar then you would take a short position by selling CFDs.
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For somebody new to the world of the foreign exchange market, it can seem like an intimidating place. However, once you've grasped the basics, trading on Forex is actually quite similar to other markets. There are just a few key differences.
Because there is no central exchange and it is a market driven by the world’s large financial institutions, the volumes can be huge in comparison to other markets. Not only does this lower the overall cost to traders but it also makes entering and exiting trades easy.
A pip is merely the smallest increment of trade in the foreign exchange market. It stands for 'percentage in point.' GBP/JPY is quoted to two decimal points, so a pip is just the lowest amount that can possibly be added to (or subtracted from) this figure.
The simple answer is 'no' – we at Capital.com make money through the bid-ask spread. This is different from traditional trading where a broker would earn commission on every buy and sell that the customer takes part in.