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Old Sep 8th 2009, 3:18 am
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Originally Posted by bcworld View Post
Except:



...these figures are a few days old. But in fact, the only one of these major currencies the GBP has lost value against since the start of this year is the AUD. Sure, it affects a lot of people who post here - but it certainly isn't indicative of the Pound being 'destroyed'.

1 GBP currently buys US$1.63 - I remember getting in the $1.30s a few years ago - was the Pound toast then?

Selectively comparing one currency to another to suit your argument while ignoring conflicting views (which you seem to be able to take a look at when analysing the AUD's relative strength) makes you just as bad as the BBC!
Last time I bought USD I got $1.60. The pound has certainly been destroyed, I don't think there's any argument there. In the 16th Century a pound would purchase one pound of silver, today you need over £80 to buy one pound of silver. This is a 99% debasement of the currency.

In the 1940s a pound bought you $4 USD, for example. More recently, the pound has lost massive value against the euro, the AUD, the CAD and a host of others. In fact in the last twelve months the pound has lost value against the USD, the Japanese yen, the Australian and Canadian dollars, the euro, and even the Thai baht just to name a few.

So in recap: yes, the pound is toast, yes it is toast against way more than one "selectively" chosen currency, and yes it is being deliberately destroyed by the government in order to prop up exports. And then the BBC write about the mighty Australian dollar being the reason behind the imminent 1.8 rate. What a joke.
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Last time I bought USD I got $1.60. The pound has certainly been destroyed, I don't think there's any argument there. In the 16th Century a pound would purchase one pound of silver, today you need over £80 to buy one pound of silver. This is a 99% debasement of the currency.


In Sep 2000 you'd need about A$400 to buy an ounce of gold. Today that figure is closer to A$1200. Has the A$ lost 2/3 of it's value in that time?

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What a joke.
Indeed.
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In Sep 2000 you'd need about A$400 to buy an ounce of gold. Today that figure is closer to A$1200. Has the A$ lost 2/3 of it's value in that time?



Indeed.
I presume your looking only at this part of my argument means you agree with the rest of my post. On the gold price, yes, relative to gold the AUD has of course lost this value.

You might be interested in the destrutive effects of inflation on fiat currency:

http://www.city-journal.org/2009/19_...inflation.html
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Old Sep 8th 2009, 3:41 am
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I agree, think twice about moving to somewhere like the sunshine coast unless you want a very long drive to work.

Originally Posted by Pearl&Wal View Post
The number of people that we see that have come from the UK, SA and particularly NZ, had a holiday on the Sunshine Coast and then move here thinking they'll be alright for work is very high. They then find it very difficult to find work when it's all about who you now and not what you know. The Coast is very parochial in an already very parochial State.
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Originally Posted by hereandthere View Post
Last time I bought USD I got $1.60. The pound has certainly been destroyed, I don't think there's any argument there. In the 16th Century a pound would purchase one pound of silver, today you need over £80 to buy one pound of silver. This is a 99% debasement of the currency.

In the 1940s a pound bought you $4 USD, for example. More recently, the pound has lost massive value against the euro, the AUD, the CAD and a host of others. In fact in the last twelve months the pound has lost value against the USD, the Japanese yen, the Australian and Canadian dollars, the euro, and even the Thai baht just to name a few.

So in recap: yes, the pound is toast, yes it is toast against way more than one "selectively" chosen currency, and yes it is being deliberately destroyed by the government in order to prop up exports. And then the BBC write about the mighty Australian dollar being the reason behind the imminent 1.8 rate. What a joke.
GBP has been weaker against the USD than it is at the moment - same against the Euro.
Currencies rise and fall - always have, always will and the reasons are many.
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Originally Posted by Amazulu View Post
GBP has been weaker against the USD than it is at the moment - same against the Euro.
Currencies rise and fall - always have, always will and the reasons are many.
Yes, but what's going to pull sterling up this time? There are no utilities left to sell, the oil is gone and London's reputation as a financial centre is ruined.
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I presume your looking only at this part of my argument means you agree with the rest of my post.
You presume wrong.

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You might be interested in the destrutive effects of inflation on fiat currency:

http://www.city-journal.org/2009/19_...inflation.html
All very interesting and inherently sensible - I'm struggling to find the part though where it fails to apply to other economies, including Australia?
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Originally Posted by bcworld View Post
You presume wrong.



All very interesting and inherently sensible - I'm struggling to find the part though where it fails to apply to other economies, including Australia?
All fiat currencies suffer inflation, I said nothing to the contrary. Again, sterling is being crushed at a faster rate. Frankly, I knew some card-carrying Labour members and BBC types were still trying to make out that sterling is doing OK, but I had no idea the general public still thought so.
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Old Sep 8th 2009, 8:48 am
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Not totally true - we've been here a year now and I still can't get a job. I have been trying all sorts but had no luck So getting a job isn't as easy as you portray

Lynn xx
I think thats definately the Sunshine Coast for you...it is paradise one day and perfect the next but the jobs on the coast are awful... to get a decent job its better to be in Brissy
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Old Sep 8th 2009, 12:23 pm
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The jobs market is starting to pick up, but the biggest problem anyone moving in recent months is have had is that Brisbane employers (and I'm only commenting on Brisbane here) have been reverting to preferring candidates with local experience, i.e. Australian experience. From what I can gather from employment agencies, and I do speak to a few of them, albeit only in one field, employers took the redundancy situations as the opportunity to clear out dead wood so if someone has a good skillset the problem is lack of local experience.

That is starting to ease now, and jobs are starting to increase again - career one actually had adverts for jobs rather than training courses in the last few editions.

Speak to employment agencies that deal with your field, that should give you an idea of what the market is in your area. Different areas have different speed and level of recovery.
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Maybe working at Bunnings isn't your dream, but it gets you a wage and a step on the ladder.[/QUOTE]

Working at Bunnings is my hubby's dream! At 60 he wants to wind down but not stop and Bunnings would be Eutopia for him! LOL
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I can totally understand where you're coming from. I was going to knock it on the head totally if I didn't get the job & told my family as such.

Got the job so it's all go.

I did however have a MAJOR wobble last night due to the initial costs of living when I arrive. Accomodation rental, car hire - man its shocking!!!

And the advice from a guy I know out there - buy property as soon as you can. No chance of that with the current exchange rate!
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Hi,

We talked again today, very emotional last night after a few bottles of wine. We will give it another two weeks, nothing to lose really. We will not get any money back.

One thing i was wondering though, we both would be owed money back from the Inland Revenue, as we both have worked full time up until now. But because we are leaving our savings in the UK; if we went, then we will both will wait until the end of the tax year to claim what we are owed. As some of the money will come from overpayment of tax due to savings interest. So, we will submit i think its callled a R43 in April 2010, if we were in Australia, but do you need to tell the Inland Revenue that you are leaving the UK, even if at the time you are Not claiming any money back?

Thanks Sooty.
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I'm not going to bother, not earned any money this tax year so not going to get any back!!
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Originally Posted by Sooty and Sweep View Post
Hi,

We talked again today, very emotional last night after a few bottles of wine. We will give it another two weeks, nothing to lose really. We will not get any money back.

One thing i was wondering though, we both would be owed money back from the Inland Revenue, as we both have worked full time up until now. But because we are leaving our savings in the UK; if we went, then we will both will wait until the end of the tax year to claim what we are owed. As some of the money will come from overpayment of tax due to savings interest. So, we will submit i think its callled a R43 in April 2010, if we were in Australia, but do you need to tell the Inland Revenue that you are leaving the UK, even if at the time you are Not claiming any money back?

Thanks Sooty.
You need to notify them that you will be a non resident - and you also need to notify your bank that holds the savings (assuming you're on PR). The bank can then deduct tax from the interest at source (i.e when they pay it to you), and you can still get your tax refund.
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