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AuthorBy Chris Cammack
Updated: July 5, 2022

AUD/USD Background

A major pair and one of the most heavily traded currency pairs in the world, the AUD/USD accounts for nearly 7% of global Forex trading and is linked to commodity prices. The commodity price link is due to the Australian economy’s reliance on commodity exports. The AUD/USD is also very sensitive to Chinese economic data, due to the close association between Australian exports and the Chinese economy.

Because it is so heavily traded, the AUD/USD is less volatile than many minor and exotic currency pairs. But its close link to commodity prices and Chinese economic data means that price movement can be sudden at times. The highest volume trading for the AUD/USD is usually the end of the US trading day until the Asia-Pacific’s trading day midpoint. Spreads are generally tight, about 1.5 pips on average, but are often below 1 pip if you trade with an Australian broker. 

Common events that affect the price movement of the AUD/USD are major announcements on interest rates by the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Federal Reserve and the release of economic data that measures the economic health of Australia and China. The price of iron, gold, coal, and copper are also key factors in the price. Being the world’s foremost haven currency, the USD tends to strengthen against the AUD during economic downturns and times of financial instability.

The table below shows the Forex brokers with the lowest trading costs for AUD/USD, including the spread and commission. It also details the industry average spread and industry average trading cost for 1 lot of AUD/USD.

Best AUDUSD Forex Brokers

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Ind. Avg. Trading Cost
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IG
4.69 /5
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0.60 pipsUSD 0USD 61.40 pipsUSD 22.65200:1FCA Regulated BrokersASIC BrokersFinancial Services Conduct AuthorityBundesanstalt für FinanzdienstleistungsaufsichtFinancial Markets Authority of New ZealandDubai Financial Services AuthorityFinancial Services AgencyCommodity Futures Trading AssociationMarket Maker
Capital.com
4.68 /5
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0.60 pipsUSD 0USD 61.40 pipsUSD 22.65100:1FCA Regulated BrokersCySEC Regulated BrokersASIC BrokersMarket Maker
Pepperstone
4.61 /5
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0.60 pipsUSD 0USD 61.40 pipsUSD 22.65200:1FCA Regulated BrokersASIC BrokersCySEC Regulated BrokersDubai Financial Services AuthorityBundesanstalt für FinanzdienstleistungsaufsichtSecurities Commission of the BahamasCapital Markets AuthorityNDD
HFM (HotForex)
4.49 /5
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1.50 pipsUSD 0USD 151.40 pipsUSD 22.651000:1CySEC Regulated BrokersFCA Regulated BrokersFinancial Services Conduct AuthorityDubai Financial Services AuthorityFinancial Services CommissionThe Seychelles Financial Services AuthoritySTP
Markets.com
4.49 /5
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3.10 pipsUSD 0USD 311.40 pipsUSD 22.65300:1FCA Regulated BrokersCySEC Regulated BrokersASIC BrokersFinancial Services Conduct AuthorityBritish Virgin Islands Financial Services CommissionMarket Maker
AvaTrade
4.48 /5
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1.10 pipsUSD 0USD 111.40 pipsUSD 22.65400:1ASIC BrokersFinancial Services Conduct AuthorityBritish Virgin Islands Financial Services CommissionFinancial Services AgencyCySEC Regulated BrokersCentral Bank of IrelandMarket Maker
Tickmill
4.48 /5
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0.10 pipsUSD 4USD 51.40 pipsUSD 22.65500:1CySEC Regulated BrokersFCA Regulated BrokersLabuan Financial Services AuthorityFinancial Services Conduct AuthorityThe Seychelles Financial Services AuthoritySTP
IC Markets
4.46 /5
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0.77 pipsUSD 0USD 7.701.40 pipsUSD 22.65500:1CySEC Regulated BrokersASIC BrokersThe Seychelles Financial Services AuthorityECN/DMA
Admirals
4.34 /5
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1.00 pipsUSD 0USD 101.40 pipsUSD 22.651000:1ASIC BrokersCySEC Regulated BrokersFCA Regulated BrokersFinancial Services Conduct AuthoritySTP
Axitrader
4.34 /5
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1.40 pipsUSD 0USD 141.40 pipsUSD 22.65500:1FCA Regulated BrokersASIC BrokersFinancial Markets Authority of New ZealandDubai Financial Services AuthorityECN/DMA

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