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Forex Week in Review: April 10-15

This week the dollar had the ‘classic’ opportunity to rally aggressively. Global risk appetite has subsided, commodity currencies have softened and investors were willing to take profit. Instead, we have witnessed only a feeble attempt to rise.

Trichet and company’s hawkishness, mixed with the Fed’s dovish response to higher oil prices continue to make the EUR an increasingly attractive alternative to the dollar. With the Fed expected to now trail all other Cbanks when it comes to tightening, is putting the dollar near the bottom of the G10 carry trade league and up there with the classic funding currencies.

Expect the fears of a debt default and reserve diversification to weigh heavily on the global ‘reserve’ currency. Investors are demanding higher yield to account for that risk and QE2 has done a good job in keeping them artificially low. Asian Cbanks are keen to diversify their dollar denominated reserves into other currencies like the EUR, CAD or other higher yielding currencies.





  • A holiday shortened week, starting down-under with Kiwi CPI and the Aussie Monetary Policy Minutes ending there week with PPI
  • Canada gives us CPI and Retail Sales
  • Market gets to see the mood of the German Business Climate and the BoE with its minutes.
  • The US gives us building permits, existing home sales, claims and finishes the week with the Philly Fed Index.

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Dean Popplewell

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Dean Popplewell has nearly two decades of experience trading currencies and fixed income instruments. He has a deep understanding of market fundamentals and the impact of global events on capital markets. He is respected among professional traders for his skilled analysis and career history as global head of trading for firms such as Scotia Capital and BMO Nesbitt Burns. Since joining OANDA in 2006, Dean has played an instrumental role in driving awareness of the forex market as an emerging asset class for retail investors, as well as providing expert counsel to a number of internal teams on how to best serve clients and industry stakeholders.
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