The Australian dollar takes the top spot this week, rallying after an early week knock down. It’s likely that improving risk sentiment after the oil crash then bounce was a contributing factor, and arguably Australia’s relatively strong performance against the coronavirus may have prompted traders to take more Aussie risk as well.
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Global risk aversion sentiment dominates the markets, sparked by the historic crash in oil, which likely contributed to the Aussie’s fall on Monday & Tuesday against the majors.
Australia’s March retail sales jump 8.2% on account of panic buying – This event correlates with the Aussie bottoming out against the majors on Wednesday, so it may have been the catalyst for the rally.
It’s also arguable that risk sentiment played a role in Aussie’s rally as well given its positive turn as oil bounced higher from record low levels.
Australia is steamrolling the curve: Nation records just 17 cases in one day – It’s arguable that Australia’s early actions to combat the virus may lead to an easing of the lock down sooner than other countries, and this may have been a contributing factor to the Aussie’s strong performance this week.