AUD Exchange Rate

Ahh, Australia: the sunburned island continent home to plentiful marsupials and the good ol’ vegemite sandwich.

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What influences the USD/AUD exchange rate?

Since the 2005 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the U.S. and Australia, goods and services trade has more than doubled between the two countries.1 According to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. is the largest foreign investor in Australia accounting for more than 25% of foreign investment.

 

Because the AUD or Aussie dollar is considered a commodity currency, factors that affect the USD/AUD exchange rate may be based, in part, around demand for Australian commodities such as iron ore, coal and gold. Because 85% of Australian exports go to Asia, the value of the Aussie dollar may fluctuate when growth reports for major Asian economies differ from expectations.2

 

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Australia is a vital ally and partner of the United States. The United States and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests, and cultural affinities. Economic, academic, and people-to-people ties are vibrant and strong.3

---The U.S. State Department

 
  • The U.S. remains the world’s largest economy by nominal GDP whereas Australia ranks 13th.4

  • Higher education is a popular export for both countries. For Australia, it’s an A$ 19 billion industry, while for the U.S., it’s a $30 billion contributor to the economy.5, 6

  • Australia’s richest native is Gina Rinehart, mining mogul. As of 2016, her $10 billion dollar stockpile (down from a peak of almost $31 billion in 2012) leaves her at number 12 on the list of the world’s richest women well behind the heiresses of Walmart and Mars (candy).7

 
 

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Currency Name: Australian Dollar

Currency Code: AUD

Currency Symbol: A$

Central Bank: The Reserve Bank of Australia

Countries Used In: Australia, some Pacific Islands

Major Unit: One Australian dollar

Minor Unit: One cent

Note Denominations:  5, 10, 20, 50, 100

Coin Denominations: 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, one dollar, two dollars.