Australian Dollar

Highly correlated with global commodity demand, AUD/USD often sees volatility in response to world growth indicators, particularly from Asia.

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Interesting facts

The Australian dollar is commonly referred to by many traders as the “Aussie”. The AUD has grown in popularity over the past few years since it tends to have a higher yield than many other currencies in the developed markets. Thus, it makes it attractive for traders  looking for yield. Additionally, it also tends to attract attention because of its strong links to commodities, as Australia is a large commodity exporter, and consequently their growing trade relations with Asia. As such, the AUD is also known as one of the major “commodity currencies”.

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Price drivers

The AUD can be influenced by several macroeconomic factors, such as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) raising or lowering interest rates, GDP, employment figures, trade balance and inflation data. Rhetoric/comments from Australia’s central bank officials can also have a significant impact on the Aussie. The AUD/USD also tends to have a higher ‘beta’, thus it is more sensitive to rising or falling equity and commodity prices. Consequently, traders will want to keep a close eye on the S&P500 in the US as well as the prices of gold and copper as they have a high positive correlation with AUD/USD.