The Loon ruffles some feathers

The Loon ruffles some feathers

UK politics continues to be the main narrative with the usual conversations around President Trump providing the background fodder. However, the Bank of Canada did more than ruffle  a few feathers with some unexpected hawkish rhetoric

Weekly FX Update – 12 June 2017 (Video)

Canadian Dollar

Carolyn Wilkins, Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada signalled that Canadian interest rates have bottomed and the next policy shift will likely be higher came like a bolt from the blue. Her guidance caught more than a few traders off guard as the Loonie rallied hard and fast from  1.3470 to 1.3310 during the NY session.

British Pound

Sterling traded in bedraggled fashion overnight as there remain no protective legislative measures in place engulfing the markets in a cloud of uncertainty.While GBP near term direction will continue to be driven by the post-election fallout, but the prospects for the Pound look increasingly gloomy as the possibility of another Tory leadership vacuum enters the picture at precisely the wrong time for the UK.

Japanese Yen

USDJPY fell below the psychological 110 level on the back of falling US yields as the markets bore witness to an acute bout of risk aversion with the   NASDAQ correction moving into day two. However, with the FOMC this week it  is unlikely yields will press much lower and we should expect the USDJPY make a minor comeback

Euro

EURUSD remains exceptionally stable despite the political fallout in the UK. The market appears content to look past whatever dovish interpretation gleaned from last week’s ECB, but given few catalysts I suspect the EURUSD to remain mired within the current ranges ahead of the FOMC.

Australian Dollar 

The Aussie dollar remains very resilient although the Australia May NAB business confidence slid to 7 versus 13 prior and business conditions fell 12 versus 13 previous.

The commodity block is trading on a positive note riding the Canadian dollar coattails after the BOC signalled a probable shift in monetary guidance.What’s  at play here is the notion that central bankers, in general, may not want to fall behind hind the curve more so if inflation pressures see a resurgence. Perhaps  some of this argument may be rubbing off locally and supporting the AUD

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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Senior Currency Trader and Analyst at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and specializes in Asian currencies at OANDA. After having started his trading career with NatWest Bank, he is currently based in Singapore as a Senior Currency Trader and Analyst with OANDA, focusing on the movement of the Aussie Dollar and ASEAN Currencies. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Interest Rate Futures, Money Markets and Precious Metals. Prior to joining OANDA, he worked with organizations like Cambridge Mercantile, Nat West, Garvin Guy Butler, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
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