It seems that the Australian dollar is unstoppable continues to surge against various other major currencies such as the dollar and the pound.
It recently broke through the 80 US cent marker, which is no doubt good news to Australians, as it brings with it numerous opportunities to be taken advantage of. Here are some of the ways they might exploit the strengthened currency.
One of the main ways Australians could benefit from the Australian dollar surge is through cheaper imports, as a stronger currency means greater purchasing power. These could range from raw materials to technical equipment, and so the surge will undoubtedly serve to boost various sectors of the Australian economy, such as manufacturing.
Businesses which buy their goods overseas will be pleased that they can get more for their trade without having to do any extra work. This will encourage growth and allow them to attract more customers through potentially being able to reduce some of their prices.
The strong currency is representative of the Australian economy as a whole, and so Australian’s are also likely to feel the many knock on effects of having a growing, confidence filled economy. A significant reason for the Australian dollar’s strength is Australia’s trade with China and other Asian countries, who heavily invest in many of the country’s key commodities.
Australia’s reputation as an economic powerhouse is set to remain, so there is plenty of scope for the country to be viewed as a valuable trading partner by other countries around the world (although its goods will be expensive to overseas investors).
Those investors who have a forex trading account will have no doubt had their eye on the movements of the Australian dollar recently, and those who hold many units of the currency could well be in the make a hefty profit, especially if the currency continues to rise further.
More investment opportunities are likely to arise, and those companies which import goods from overseas are likely to see the value of their shares rise significantly as they take advantage of the Australian dollar’s buying power.
How Long Will it Last?
There is no telling how long the surge in the Australian dollar will last, although it is fair to say that the Australian economy’s strength has showed no signs of faltering, especially with the level of foreign interest and investment it is currently receiving.
A surging currency, however, is often prone to a sudden downturn, given that it becomes less affordable for outside countries to invest, so this current surge should still be viewed with caution. For now, most Australians will be happy that their currency is performing well and that their economy stands out as one of the strongest in the world.
The many opportunities which the Australian dollar’s rising value has created could prove to be lucrative to a number of different groups, at least in the short term. In 2013 the Australian dollar was trading at a little above parity with the US dollar, so this current surge could well be a step towards achieving this once again.