US Bond Yields Rip Higher

US Bond Yields Rip Higher 

The US economic data was mixed overnight; regardless US 10 Year Treasury yields ripped higher settling in near 1.85 %, the highest level since May. Also, despite German Yield front running and outpacing the US Bond market move, the USD came out on top.  Diminishing expectations of more stimulus from the ECB and BOJ after recent warnings about the systemic risks of running low-interest rate policies for too long is clearly the thème du jour. And with traders anticipating a similar tack from the Federal Reserve Board in consort with their G-3  Central Bank colleagues, the Greenback made steady headway overnight.

In a market that has grown accustomed to caution over-ridding valour in the run-up to the November US elections, traders,  are guardedly peeking forward into the markets underpriced  US interest rate path to normalisation in 2017 and placing some bets in these underweighted trades. The market was swamped overnight by a confluence of dynamics and realisations; ECB extension in December is mostly likely to go, near term Brexit risk fading and the US elections risk, appears to be easing, all of which are prompting traders and investors alike to emerge from their self-imposed election shell.

Bond Yield Higher Price Lower

Australian Dollar

The Australian Dollar is struggling in the face of higher US bond yields, but that only paints one side of the speculative landscape. As pointed out yesterday; domestic deflation demons were unlikely excised by the stronger than expected CPI headline, especially in the face of the downside miss on the trimmed mean. While the sentiment is running near nil for an RBA rate cut next week, bets are increasing that Dr Lowe may address the CPI miss along with this month’s destitute domestic employment print in next week’s statement. Given the scope for repricing of RBA rate cut expectations lower, and coupled with breadth for the US curve to reprice higher, the Aussie could find itself at the mercy of diverging policy expectations.   Add in the US election risk premium and the Aussie will likely struggle for traction near term

Japanese Yen

USDJPY continues trading in line with the US yield curve. Overnight, US-10 year treasury yields ripped higher, and USDJPY JPY was quick to hitch a ride, ploughing through the 105 level with little resistance. The USD is strongly supported by the expanding gap between the US and JPY Treasury yields.

The pair has been firmly supported on dips all week on the back of Fed December rate hike expectations. The current view is that USDJPY could grind higher in the coming days. At a minimum, we should expect an upward shift in the short-term range to 104.75-105.75. However, a near-term break of 106 still feels unlikely with the Fed Dec rate hike premium all but factoredit seems a poor risk reward for standing in front of the USD freight train suggesting traders will likely support dips to the 104.75-105 levels.

Still,given the underlying USD momentum ,  it seems  like a poor risk reward for standing in front of the USD freight train suggesting traders will likely support dips to the 104.75-105 levels.

Also, the market is pre-positioning for a decent recovery in tomorrow’s GDP figures with economists looking for a rise to 2.6 %. The dollar has remained on sound footing with tomorrow’s print unlikely to alter the base case for a December Rate hike. Regardless, given how data dependent the Feds are, there is certainly room for a significant re-price that is lower on Fed hike expectations if the data produces another outlier on the downside.

On the data front, the headline and core CPI and unemployment figures came in as expected, and had minimal impact with global central bankers about to take centre stage next week. Let’s hope we get some precise directions from both the BOJ and Fed who have been known to obfuscate.

Chinese  Yaun 

The recent run of developed market yield curve steepening should have negative consequences on the Yuan vs. the dollar after the breach of the critical 1.8 % 10-Year US Treasury yield, it’s certainly being noticed. However, given the market’s current tangent, we should expect an uptick in near-term volatility after the USD broke convincingly higher overnight.

PBOC headlines will play a factor in the equation too. Looking for tops to short could be a fool’s game as ” the trend is your friend” mentality takes hold. The market is undoubtedly positioning of a test of the 6.80 level.

The PBOC fixing came in line with expectations at 6.7858 and has induced some weak longs to exit positions. However, the pair is tentatively supported on dips to 6.79


The susceptible  Korean Won, surged to 1148 overnight as EM Asia remained pressured by increasing US bond yield .with the next critical level 1150 in traders cross hairs. However,  a near-term test of that level is expected to be a bit of a grind as exporter offers are likely layered below the critical 1150 level.


The Sing dollar is again pressing against resistance at 1.3950-60 with a move higher all but inevitable given the steepening  US yield curve and the current trajectory in USDCNH.

The   SGD has strongly correlated with China currency policy in the past so  in the absence of PBOC intervention, the path of least resistance appears higher USDSGD. But  the China daily fix well need to be


The Ringgit has followed the general Global EM theme where investors continue to reassess the underlying EM FX  Aisa drivers in the wake of the global bond yield curve repricing. Given the uncertainty in the Oil Patch along with higher US yields picking tops in the space will be a tricky game between now and election day.

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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and 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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