What to Expect from this Weekend's Australian Federal Election
Tony Sycamore May 16, 2019 9:36 AM
This coming Saturday, Australians head to the polls to vote in a Federal election which appears destined to deliver a change in government, prompting the question should traders be preparing for a rise in volatility?
In terms of key policy differences, the Liberal National Coalition (LNP) has promised a range of long-dated tax cuts out to 2025 and to promote economic growth via infrastructure spending. On the other hand, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) has promised increased spending on health and education to be funded by higher taxes. Both parties have committed to budget surpluses and paying down debt.
Although the lead has narrowed, the polls continue to point towards a comfortable win for the ALP. As such, an ALP win is likely to largely be priced into Australian equity prices and the Australian dollar.
Of course, as we learned from Donald Trump’s shock win in the 2016 U.S. election and before that the Brexit referendum in 2016, polls are not infallible. However, without a hugely polarising personality like Trump or an issue like Brexit, it seems reasonable to take the polls on the Federal election on face value.
Changes in PM’s
Over the past decade, Australian politics has delivered the same number of PM changes as Italy. As such, Australian voters and investors have become used to changes in PM’s and this is likely to have numbed the financial markets to another change in PM.
The risk - a positive shock?
Some of the ALP’s policies which include proposed changes to franking credits and negative gearing are viewed as not particularly “market-friendly”. Should the LNP coalition pull off a surprise win and retain power, it may result in both Australian shares and the Aussie dollar enjoying a brief relief rally of sorts.
While we would never say never, the upcoming Federal election is unlikely to have a meaningful impact on Australian equity prices or the Aussie dollar. Instead, the primary driver of both markets will continue to be U.S. – China trade issues, the dovish pivot undertaken by major central banks at the start of 2019 and other fundamental and technical factors.
Source Tradingview. The figures stated are as of the 15th of May 2019. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. This report does not contain and is not to be taken as containing any financial product advice or financial product recommendation
Trading foreign exchange, futures and CFDs on margin carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. The high degree of leverage can work against you as well as for you. Before deciding to invest in foreign exchange, futures or CFDs you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss in excess of your deposited funds and therefore you should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. You should be aware of all the risks associated with foreign exchange, futures and CFD trading, and seek advice from an independent financial advisor if you have any doubts. It is important to note that past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.
Any advice provided is general advice only. It is important to note that:
- The advice has been prepared without taking into account the client’s objectives, financial situation or needs.
- The client should therefore consider the appropriateness of the advice, in light of their own objectives, financial situation or needs, before following the advice.
- If the advice relates to the acquisition or possible acquisition of a particular financial product, the client should obtain a copy of, and consider, the PDS for that product before making any decision.
Disclaimer: The information on this web site is not targeted at the general public of any particular country. It is not intended for distribution to residents in any country where such distribution or use would contravene any local law or regulatory requirement. The information and opinions in this report are for general information use only and are not intended as an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase or sale of any currency or CFD contract. All opinions and information contained in this report are subject to change without notice. This report has been prepared without regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and needs of any particular recipient. Any references to historical price movements or levels is informational based on our analysis and we do not represent or warranty that any such movements or levels are likely to reoccur in the future. While the information contained herein was obtained from sources believed to be reliable, author does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness, nor does author assume any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss that may result from the reliance by any person upon any such information or opinions.
Futures, Options on Futures, Foreign Exchange and other leveraged products involves significant risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. Losses can exceed your deposits. Increasing leverage increases risk. Spot Gold and Silver contracts are not subject to regulation under the U.S. Commodity Exchange Act. Contracts for Difference (CFDs) are not available for US residents. Before deciding to trade forex and commodity futures, you should carefully consider your financial objectives, level of experience and risk appetite. Any opinions, news, research, analyses, prices or other information contained herein is intended as general information about the subject matter covered and is provided with the understanding that we do not provide any investment, legal, or tax advice. You should consult with appropriate counsel or other advisors on all investment, legal, or tax matters. References to Forex.com or GAIN Capital refer to GAIN Capital Holdings Inc. and its subsidiaries. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options.