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Westpac Markets Update: Sean Callow, 17 January 2020


The US-China trade agreement this week met expectations but we regard the details as very notable, especially the scale of US energy products imports China is pledging. The deal is good for risk appetite but ultimately raises some concerns for Australian exporters. In the week ahead, domestic data will be key for A$: Jan consumer sentiment and Dec labour force.

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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.

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.