Let’s dive into the intriguing world of Australia’s trade balance and the fascinating Foreign Exchange (FX) realm.


Australia’s Trade Balance: In December 2023, Australia’s trade balance data revealed that imports of goods surged by 4.8% month-over-month, reaching AUD $36.17 billion. Exports totalled AUD $47.13 billion. But how is this massive import bill getting paid for? The answer lies in FX transactions.


Corporate Perspective: While not all of this activity is solely from corporate Australia, a substantial portion does come from businesses. Here’s where it gets interesting: A 2019 ECB Report surveyed over 10,000 companies and found that, on average, corporates paid 25 times more to hedge their FX than “more sophisticated” clients.


Global Precedents: In 2021, Wells Fargo settled with the SEC for overcharging small and mid-size businesses for foreign exchange transactions in Europe and the US. But what about Australia? Surely, such practices wouldn’t occur here, right?


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In summary, understanding FX dynamics and managing spread costs can make a significant difference in navigating the complex landscape of international trade. We provide an analysis and monitoring service, giving you an independent benchmark for foreign banking costs. If FX is part of your business, consider making an appointment with your ERA consultant.


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