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Week in FX Europe Jan 22-27

Plans for the Greek Private Sector Involvement remain a source of considerable uncertainty for peripheral markets, and the inconclusive result of negotiations over the past few days will leave the EUR and risk complex vulnerable to a large correction. However, the EU economic and monetary commissioner has indicated that authorities are very close to concluding their talks, either later today or over the weekend. Will the market add to the risk trades that have been applied since the Fed, earlier this week, increased its “free money” term length by 18-months? So far it’s been too tempting for the market to refuse and risk is being added accordingly.

The mixed signals from the Euro-zone debt market means investors need to tread with caution. Thus far, ECB liquidity has boosted demand for Spanish and Italian debt. The same cannot be said for Portugal. Peripheral bond yields have resumed their collapse this week, with Italian 10-year yields down -18bp to +5.84%, a long way from that +7% imploding benchmark. Portugal remains the outlier, with yields still under upward pressure. Perhaps if China invested in Europe we would not care so much?

Below are some other highlights of the week:



AMERICAS Week in FX [1]

ASIA Week in FX [2]



  • CAD kicks off with its GDP
  • Manufacturing and non PMI’s come to us from CNY, GBP and USD
  • Building and Construction reports are delivered from NZD, AUD and GBP
  • The Swiss have Retail Sales and the Aussies their Trade Balance
  • Housing Price Index are presented in GBP
  • Consumer confidence is reported in the USD
  • The week is dominated by the employment situations in USD,CAD and NZD


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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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