The good news for the Aussie Dollar is that on Thursday in Europe, AUD/USD broke Wednesday’s 0.7553 low by only 5 pips before subsequently rebounding. The bad news is that the rebound extended only as far as 0.7585 and heading into the New York close it was back down once more at a fresh cycle low of 0.7550. This morning in Europe, it has been lower once more, albeit only modestly, and its streak of six consecutive daily declines matches its worst run since May 2015. Against the Canadian Dollar, however, AUD/CAD has bounced off the 0.9710 area and thus far at least has avoided breaking down on to 96 cents for what would be the first time in more than five months.
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics this week show that for the first time on record, Sydney’s population grew by more than 100,000 people in one year. Sydney’s population hit 5.1 million at June 2017, an increase of 101,600 people (2 percent) since June 2016. But it was Melbourne that recorded the largest - and fastest growth - of Australia’s capital cities in 2016-17, increasing by 125,400 (2.7 percent) to reach 4.9 million. Together, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane accounted for over 70 percent of Australia’s population growth in 2016-17. Darwin, Adelaide and Perth, on the other hand, experienced relatively low rates of population growth, each at 1 percent or less.
In Melbourne, net overseas migration was the major contributor to population growth, adding 80,000 people in 2016-17 (64 percent of total population change). Natural increase contributed 29 percent, while net internal migration accounted for 7.3 percent of population growth. Net overseas migration was also the major contributor to Sydney's population growth (84,700 people) although, unlike Melbourne, the Harbour City experienced a net internal migration loss (-18,100 people) in 2016-17, meaning more people left Sydney for other parts of Australia than arrived. Sydney lost most people to other parts of New South Wales (40,000 people) and Melbourne (14, 400). These fascinating numbers help explain both the vibrancy of the country and the challenges that lie ahead in terms of infrastructure to service the needs of these rapidly growing urban populations. The Australian Dollar opens in North America this morning at USD0.7560, with AUD/NZD at 1.0705 and AUD/CAD0.9735.