Aussie Slides Lower In APAC Trade

The Australian dollar has briefly dropped below 74 US cents after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen flagged a rate rise is on the horizon.

At 1200 AEDT on Friday, the local unit was trading at 74.03 US cents, down from 74.79 cents on Thursday. It hit a low of 73.9 US cents at 1135 AEDT.

Ms Yellen said the Fed could raise its interest rate “relatively soon” due to further improvement in the US job market and a pick-up in inflation.

That has boosted market expectations of a rate hike in December.

Stephen Innes, senior currency trader at FX and CFD provider OANDA Australia and Asia Pacific, said the Aussie has been under pressure all week because of the steeper US yield curve and softer outlook for commodity prices.

“Yesterday’s underwhelming domestic employment data was the driver for traders to stick the fork in the pair,” Mr Innes said.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes