Category Archive: 4) FX Trends

Main Author Marc Chandler
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.

Emerging Markets Preview: Week Ahead

(from my colleague Dr. Win Thin)Risk sentiment ended last week on a strong note, and that should carry over into this week.  The global liquidity backdrop remains positive for EM, with the ECB widely expected to add more stimulus on Thursday.  I...

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Investment Climate Improves

Sometimes the news stream drives prices, and sometimes the price action drives the narratives.  We argued that the sharp decline in equities at the start of the year was fanned the doom and gloom in the media and market commentary.  Many had been taking about a new financial crisis and parallels were drawn between the … Continue...

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Near-term Dollar Outlook is Nuanced

The US dollar fell against all the major and most of the emerging market currencies last week.   Risk appetites have been rekindled, and the yen has gone from the best performer in recent weeks to the worst over the past week.   Major equity markets advanced for the third week.  The MSCI Emerging Market equity index … Continue reading...

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Weekly Speculative Positions: Speculators Add to Short Euro and Sterling

Speculators in the currency futures made mostly small adjustments to their gross foreign currency exposure.  There were only three position adjustments of more than 5k contacts.   Since the markets turned on 11 February, the Canadian dollar has been the strongest of the major currencies, appreciating a little more than 4.5% against the US dollar.    Gross …

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Ray Dalio: Central banks will get so desperate they will give money away

“If you look around the world, our risk is not inflation and it’s not overheating economies,” Dalio said.

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Emerging Markets: What has Changed

In the EM equity space, Brazil (+17.8%), Singapore (+7.1%), and India (+6.4%) have outperformed this week, while Qatar (+0.6%), Poland (+1.1%), and Malaysia (+1.7%) have underperformed.  To put this in better context, MSCI EM rose 6.8% this week whil...

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US Jobs Headline Better than Details

The optics of the US jobs report was better than the details, which is the exact opposite of the January employment report.  The US dollar strengthened on the news. The US created 242k jobs in February.  The consensus was for around 195k.  The January gain of 151k was revised up to 172k The household survey … Continue reading »

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What’s next after non-farm payrolls

Adam Button talks about the outlook for the currency market, oil and equities in a quick video following Friday’s non-farm payrolls report. Visit ForexLive for real-time news, analysis and technical analysis of the forex market. http://www.forexlive.com/ LET’S CONNECT! Facebook ► http://facebook.com/forexlive Twitter ► https://twitter.com/ForexLive Google+ ► https://plus.google.com/+Forexlive Linkedin ►...

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US Jobs Data Awaited, but Barring Significant Surprise, May Not be Key Driver

The US dollar is mixed ahead of the US employment data.  The Antipodeans and Scandis are doing best while sterling and the Canadian dollar are under-performing.  Investors appetite for risk has increased.  The market is confident that the next ...

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Great Graphic: Inflation Expectations via 10-Year Breakevens

Over the next fortnight the major central banks, including the ECB, BOJ, Fed and BOE will hold policy-making meetings.  Of the four, expectations are the highest for the ECB to ease policy. Given the poor economic data, including deflationary pressures, and the tightening of financial conditions, the BOJ could also adjust policy.  However, after the …

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FX Daily, 03/03: Markets Calm; Waiting For…?

The global capital markets are quiet today, as investors await fresh impetus which could come in the form of tomorrow's US national employment figures.  There is also next week's ECB meeting that looms large for investors.   The euro is tradin...

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Are Central Banks Exaggerating Deflation Risks?

Deflation is portrayed as the great economic scourge.  It exacerbates debt servicing costs and encourages consumers to defer purchases.  Central banks in Japan and Europe have responded with aggressive, unorthodox measures, often combining asset purchase programs with negative interest rates.   However, deflation is not very deep, and the measurement is not very precise.  In recent years, …

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FX Daily 03/02: Markets Take Another Step Away from the Edge

The angst that characterized the first several weeks of the year continues to dissipate.  Major equity markets are extending their two-week recovery into a third week. Immediate concerns about the US falling into a recession have eased.  The market have withstood some downward pressure on the Chinese yuan.  Late yesterday Moody's cut its outlook for China's credit …

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Great Graphic: Surplus Capacity is not the Same as Insufficient Aggregate Demand

Many economists argue that the key challenge is that of insufficient aggregate demand.  That is why world growth is slow.  Hobbled with debt, households have pulled back.  Business investment is weak.  Government dissavings has been offset by household and business savings.  The solution offered by some economists is a large public investment program. The G20 …

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Great Graphic: Gold Triangle–Continuation or Reversal Pattern?

During a period in which the zero bound no longer is the floor of interest rates, and many central banks continue to ease policy,  we have been watching gold a bit closer.   In early January, we noted that the technical pattern warned of breakout.  Our first objective was $1110-$1135. In early February, we updated our …

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FX Daily, 03/01: Markets Find Steadier Footing

It could have been a disaster.  US faltered yesterday, with the S&P 500 again struggling in the 1945-1950 area, and China's PMIs were weaker than expected.  However,  after initial weakness Asian shares turned higher.  The nearly 0.9% rise allowed the MSCI Asia Pacific Index to close at its best level in five sessions. European bourses …

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FAQ: UK’s Referendum on EU Membership

What is the issue?    The UK has long had a strained relationship with the EU and has never been comfortable with the ever increasing drive for greater integration and harmonization of rules and regulations coming from Brussels.  As the EU has ...

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Emerging Market Preview, First Week of March

  EM ended last week on a soft note, due to a variety of both external and internal factors.  Firm US data continue to support our call for resumed Fed tightening, and this gave the dollar a bit of a bid.  With the dollar gaining against the majors, this spilled over into generalized dollar gains … Continue reading »

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FX Daily, 02/29: Dollar Mixed, While Equities Skid

It seemed that it was only after Asian equity markets fell did reports begin suggesting disappointment with the G20 meeting.  The narrative followed the price action rather than the other way around.  Before that, at least, one newswire claimed China was the winner of at the G20 meeting.  Its currency policy was not criticized.  Many, …

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Baker’s Dozen: 13 Items that Should be on Your Radar Screen

The year has begun on a tumultuous note.  The Nikkei, DAX and S&P 500 all gapped lower the first day of the year. However, heightened anxiety has calmed as the fire appears to have burnt itself out, and equities have moved higher over the past two week. Three sources of stress have eased.  Investors are no longer … Continue reading...

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