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Great Graphic: Canadian Dollar and the Two-Year Rate Differential

Great Graphic:  Canadian Dollar and the Two-Year Rate Differential
The Canadian dollar is more than a petro currency.    It is also subject to the same forces of divergence that have lifted the US dollar more broadly.  Since the beginning of the year, the US two-year yield has risen 26 bp while Canada's two-year yield has fallen almost 39 bp.
This Great Graphic, created on Bloomberg shows two time series.  The yellow line is the US dollar against the Canadian dollar.  The white line is the two-year yield spread. 
Earlier today the US dollar tested the multi-year high set in late-September just below CAD1.3460.  Today's high (according to Bloomberg) was about CAD1.3435.   The two-year yield spread reached a little more than 32.5 bp.   The multi-year high set in early August was a tenth of a basis point higher. 
Consider what has happened since the middle of October, when the recent moves began.  The US dollar traded a little below  CAD1.2835. It rallied six big figures in a little less than six weeks.  The two-year differential fell to a low below 3 bp on October 15.  It has risen 29 bp over the same period. 
Oil prices also fell during this period.  Note that the January 16 light sweet futures contract put in the recent high near $52 a barrel on October 10.  By October 15 it reached a low of almost $46.60.  It traded almost $40.40 today. 

The argument here is not that the price of oil does not impact the Canadian dollar.  It is that the flow of capital is larger than the flow of oil and that the Canadian dollar is subject to the same divergence force that is lifted the US dollar against most currencies. 

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Marc Chandler
He has been covering the global capital markets in one fashion or another for more than 30 years, working at economic consulting firms and global investment banks. After 14 years as the global head of currency strategy for Brown Brothers Harriman, Chandler joined Bannockburn Global Forex, as a managing partner and chief markets strategist as of October 1, 2018.
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