Australian dollar extends gains

We continue to see strong movement from the Australian dollar, which has gained ground for a third successive day. The currency has gained 2.2% this week, recovering most of last week’s losses.

Lowe preaches patience

After an RBA meeting that contained no surprises, the markets were hoping to gain some insights when Governor Lowe spoke at an event on Wednesday which included a Q&A session. However, Lowe’s comments didn’t really add much and were largely a reiteration of what he said at the policy meeting.

Lowe repeated that there are significant uncertainties as to recent inflationary pressures and that it was too early to determine if inflation was sustainably within the central bank’s 2%-3% target band. He cautioned the markets that the end of the bond purchase programme this month did not mean that a rate rise was imminent and remained non-commital, saying that a hike could be a year away or even longer. The markets, however, are more hawkish and have priced in a rate hike in the second half of 2022, given that inflation remains at high levels.

Lowe has been preaching patience in his messages to the markets this week, and he doesn’t appear to have abandoned his view that inflation is transient. He said on Wednesday that the jump in inflation does not require an aggressive response. This sounds very different than what we have been hearing from the Fed and the BoE, and it remains to be seen if the RBA will stand pat as the Fed and BoE tighten policy or will the RBA follow the lead of the other two central banks and raise rates.


AUD/USD Technical

  • AUD/USD is testing resistance at 0.7133. Above, we find resistance at 0.7271
  • There is support at 0.6913 and 0.6831

Content is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Business Information & Services, Inc. or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. If you would like to reproduce or redistribute any of the content found on MarketPulse, an award winning forex, commodities and global indices analysis and news site service produced by OANDA Business Information & Services, Inc., please access the RSS feed or contact us at Visit to find out more about the beat of the global markets. © 2023 OANDA Business Information & Services Inc.

Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental and macroeconomic analysis, Kenny Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.