The Australian Dollar moved a tad lower, but largely ignored a number of key economic data releases today. This morning, Australia got a key barometer of consumer confidence from Westpac’s index that showed consumer confidence is not exactly healthy.
The Westpac index on consumer confidence contracted 0.7% on the month in April. The index rose 0.1% the month before. While not a major concern, this data release fits with the already-released indicator from Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ). Although that release, from ANZ, showed a monthly gain, that release showed that the underlying trend remains downward.
Waning consumer will be an ongoing concern for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The central bank is focusing, a lot, on the country’s reliance on it mining sector to a more diversified economy. One with a more consumption base. The Australian dollar was already on the back foot from a weakness in home loans.
The Aussie Dollar is not too concerned with Australia
The Aussie dollar, and other financial instruments in the region, are more focused on rising global tensions. From Syria to North Korea, safe haven assets are getting a boost. Especially spot gold (XAU/USD). There is also a pervasive weakness in the US Dollar, especially against the Japanese yen. The yen is a regional safe haven currency.
Around the release, the AUD/USD was steady around 0.75040. After the consumer confidence hit the news wires, the Aussie hit a low of 0.75020 right after it and then recovered.