Australian Dollar spikes higher today after the central-right coalition’s surprising victory in the elections over the weekend, securing an outright majority too. The Liberal-Party led coalition is seen by some economists as better manager of the economy. Also, returning to power, the coalition will continue with their promised tax cuts on July 1. That’s seen by some as stimulus equivalent to a 25bps rate cut, without the cut of course.
Nevertheless, upside in Aussie is so far limited. There are two major factors that’s clouding the outlook. Firstly, RBA Governor Philip Lowe Philip Lowe will deliver a speech on Tuesday. After surprised jump in unemployment rate in April, there are speculations that Lowe could make use of the occasion to chart out the course for rate cuts in the second half of the year. Secondly, after recent escalations in US-China trade war, there is only one way to go in tensions between the two countries. Relationships will only worsen.