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Melbourne returns to lockdown

Australia's positive coronavirus containment story has been soured by the resurgence of cases in Melbourne, prompting a resumption of restrictions across the city. This will hurt Australia's Q3 growth but A$ has found support from global commodity prices and equities. The calendar in the week ahead is very crowded.

Check back each Friday afternoon, Sydney time, for a new episode (except public holidays), or browse through past episodes on our YouTube channel.

About Sean Callow

Sean analyses the key factors driving the Australian dollar and other G10 currencies. With three years experience in Westpac’s Singapore office, Sean continues to keep a close eye on Asian FX trends. Before joining Westpac, Sean spent 13 years in New York and London, as a senior currency strategist and has also been a financial markets economist in Melbourne. He has a Bachelor of Economics degree (with Honours) from Monash University.

About Robert Rennie

Robert heads up the FX Strategy Group at Westpac. He specialises in Australasian currencies with particular focus on the AUD, JPY and North East Asian currencies. Robert is widely recognised for his market leading analysis of capital flow in these specialist areas. Prior to joining Westpac in 2000, Robert spent 14 years as an Investment Banker in London with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Midland Bank. He has a Bachelor Degree in Economics (Honours) and a Masters in Economics from universities in the UK.

About Richard Franulovich

Richard analyses global macroeconomic trends with a particular focus on the FX markets. After a 17 year stint in Westpac’s New York branch, Richard returned to Sydney in late 2019. Previously an economist in Westpac’s Economics team in Sydney and the Australian Federal Treasury in Canberra, Richard holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree (Honours).

Market insights on currencies

If you want to know more about what is happening in the foreign exchange markets, have a look at the publication below.

Weekly Market Update
A brief discussion of the week's developments in the Australian dollar against a range of currencies including the US dollar, New Zealand dollar and euro.