Dovish Draghi Fooling No One

EURUSD Rallies as Draghi Leaves Tapering Door Wide Open

ECB President Mario Draghi did everything he could today to put a dovish slant on a central bank that’s actively pursuing less monetary stimulus but as we’ve seen before, traders were not interested in what he had to say, it’s what he didn’t say that was important.

The euro was already rallying in the lead up to the ECBs monetary policy announcement and Draghi’s press conference, displaying a confidence in how both would play out. Once again today, the ECB was keen to stress that QE could be increased in both size and duration should the economic outlook warrant it, rather than stating what is likely to happen under the current circumstances.

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It’s clear, as Draghi repeatedly mentioned, that policy makers are concerned about the strong and rapid appreciation that the currency has experienced, which is probably preventing them from making a tapering announcement at this time. The problem they face is, in not talking about tapering or, more importantly, suggesting that the program could be extended as it is beyond the end of the year, they are effectively confirming that tapering will happen. Or at least, that’s how traders are perceiving it.

What’s interesting is that, once the volatility passed – and we saw extreme volatility in the opening minutes of Draghi’s press conference – the euro rallied as high as 1.2059 against the dollar, just shy of the 29 August high, before profit taking set in. The failure to make a new high is a sign of an overheated market. At the same time, the pair has since fallen back to trade below 1.20 which could be another sign that the rally has run its course for now.

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Another failure to end the day above 1.20, despite having traded significantly above there on two occasions, would strongly suggest the psychological resistance is in play. Draghi may have failed to convince traders that the ECB is in fact dovish but he may have stumbled upon a natural barrier to the upside in the process, at least for now.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.