Everyone and their mother must have heard Goldman’s recommendation for the loonie earlier this week – “Sell Mortimer, Sell.” It’s certainly not new news to the forex market; however, their target is a tad steeper than most – 88c or $1.12CAD within a year.
The Goldman team have highlighted that “since the global financial crisis, significant external imbalances have built up in the Canadian economy.” In 2008, the current account balance fell from a surplus of +1% of GDP to a deficit of -3% – and it has remained stable at this level ever since. The main culprit has been a decline in manufacturing exports, which has fallen by about -30% in five-years.
Goldman notes that capital flowing into the economy of the US’s largest trading partner has slowed markedly, and interest rates are low, and are expected to stay there. This is in contrast to the IMF’s way of thinking that sees the CAD benchmark-lending rate doubling by the end of 2015. Interest rate differential plays a big part; the BoC would never allow Canadian rates to move too far away from the US overnight.
Many continue to see the loonie as being overvalued, but nothing like Governor Stevens Aussie dollar. Combined with the weak current account position, there are good fundamental reasons for a weaker CAD. The commodity sensitive economy needs to see an improvement in Canada’s resource product prices and a measured pick-up on global growth in order to see the current account deficit actually narrow.
Foreign direct investment has slowed for the second consecutive quarter while that by Canadians rose. The current account deficit shows that Canada remains dependent on capital inflows. Analysts note that a high percentage of those inflows are coming in the form of “easily-reversible portfolio investments” – which leaves the loonie vulnerable especially if investor confidence turns sour on Canada. Obviously a stronger US economy and softer CAD would help narrow the gap.
The loonie ends the week trading at a two-year low north of $1.06 erasing earlier gains after a better than expected Q3 GDP report (+2.7%). Low liquidity exasperated the CAD slide in this holiday shortened trading week. Market momentum continues to favor the US dollar – dollar-buying orders are beginning to stack up below ahead of 1.0550 level. Dollar sellers are raising their orders.
- US Retailers Expected to Bring Less Customers –
- Oil Drops on Holiday Trading and High Inventories –
- Brazil Central Bank Raises Rates to 10 Percent –
- EUR/USD – Thin Trading Ahead of US Holiday –
- WTO Chief Warns Trade Talks Could Collapse –
- U.S. Mortgage Trouble Looms Again –
- U.S. Home Prices up 11% over Last 12 Months –
- U.S. Consumer Confidence down to Seven-Month Low –
- U.S. Building Permits Jump in October –
- Youth Unemployment Accelerates Widespread Poverty According to OECD –
- Gartman Says Oil Will Continue Under Pressure –
- Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Drop Again –
- Gold Prices Continue to Tumble Paulson Still Holding –
- Oil Drops After Iran Nuclear Deal –
- U.S. Dollar Gaining in Popularity –
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