Monday 22nd February 2021
There was a big rise in the Aussie dollar and the pound on Friday, both reaching multi-year highs. NAB’s Ray Attrill says rising commodity prices are the single biggest influence on the Australian dollar and the prediction that it could reach 80 US cents by midways through the year could be realised before the end of the first quarter. The pound meanwhile is going strong on an expedited vaccine rollout program, which offset the poor retail sales numbers last week. In the US yields rose sharply. Inflation continues to be a concern, although the technical indicators are that this concern is easing.