The ups and downs of a strong currency

As the Reserve Bank fights its currency war with a slingshot, forecasts on the Australian dollar have become incredibly fraught with risk.

Foreign exchange markets are playing an ever increasing role in domestic equity markets, especially in this day and age where currencies are being artificially lowered to help boost sluggish economic recoveries. This is often referred to as a global currency war whereby the likes of the United States, Europe, Japan and China are all trying to keep their currencies depressed.

Australia currently finds itself in largely uncharted waters due to a persistently high exchange rate and historically low interest rates.

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