• L. 1.90143
  • H. 1.90709
  • Ch. 0.002635
  • Ch.% 0.14%
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  • GBP/AUD is the forex ticker for the exchange rate between the British pound and the Australian dollar. It tells traders how many Australian dollars are needed to buy a unit of sterling.

    Trading GBP/AUD is seen as a key way of getting exposure to two major economies. They’re among the world’s 10 most traded currencies, but the pair is only considered a cross currency, as it doesn’t hold the US dollar.

    Historically, GBP/AUD has been impacted by commodity prices due to Australia’s reputation as a net exporter. It’s also been used as a ‘carry trade’ due to the interest rate differential between the two economies – but since the Covid-19 crisis, this difference has decreased to just a few basis points.

  • Margin From
    5.0 %
  • Trading Hours
    24 hours / day *
  • Min Trade Size
  • Long
  • Short
  • Min Stop Distance
    3.5 Points
  • Guaranteed Order Minimum
    16.0 Points
  • Guaranteed Order Premium
    4.0 units of quantity
  • Spreads
  • Spreads From
    0.00024 Points
  • Margins
  • 0 - 3 200
    5.0 %
  • 3 200 - 16 000
    7.0 %
  • 16 000 +
    10.0 %
  • Dealing
  • Spreads
    0.00024 Points
  • Guaranteed Order Min Distance
    16.0 Points
  • Margins
  • 0 - 3 200
    5.0 %
  • 3 200 - 16 000
    7.0 %
  • 16 000 +
    10.0 %

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Last Updated: 6/21/2024 9:00:00 PM
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Why do people trade currencies?

People trade currencies for lots of different reasons. You’ve probably traded a currency if you’ve ever bought goods overseas, for example, or gone on a foreign holiday. However, the vast majority of FX trading is done for profit.

Currencies are constantly moving in value against each other. On any given day, the pound might be rising against the dollar, while the euro falls against the Swiss franc. Forex traders buy and sell currency pairs to try and take advantage of this volatility and earn a return.

For instance, if the Australian dollar is rising against the US dollar, you might buy AUD/USD. When you buy this pair, you’re buying Australian dollars (AUD) by selling the US dollar (USD). Then, if Australian dollars continue to outpace US dollars, you can sell the pair to exchange your AUD back for USD and keep the difference as profit.

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Where is forex traded?

Forex is traded via a global network of banks in what’s known as an over-the-counter market – unlike shares and commodities, which are bought and sold on exchanges. Because of this, you can trade forex 24-hours a day five days a week.

FX trading is split across four main ‘hubs’ in London, Tokyo, New York and Sydney. When banks in one of these areas close, those in another open, which is what facilitates round-the-clock trading.

However, there’s no physical location where these banks and individuals trade with each other. Instead, it is entirely online.

Learn more about how to trade forex.

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When is the forex market open for trading?

The forex market is open for trading 24 hours a day, five days a week. That means with FX, you can build your trading strategy around your schedule, instead of having to conform to when a stock exchange is open.

However, there are times when the market is much more active, and times when it is comparatively dormant. To learn the best times to trade forex, read our FX market hours page.

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