President Elect Trump Calms Markets

Markets react positively to President-Elect Trump’s victory speech after a tumultuous day in Asia.

Well what most thought could never happen, has! The black (orange) swan event that was unthinkable by most 24 hours ago with Donald Trump sweeping to power. The mornings market moves need no explaining with a panic sell-off in equities, the USD and selected emerging market currencies as things did not go to plan election wise.

Trump’s speech was looked at with some trepidation after Ms. Clinton conceded.  Surprisingly for many his tone was conciliatory both domestically and internationally. The markets appear to like what he has said. Notably the use of fiscal policy to rebuild infrastructure. It is still far too soon to draw a definitive view as to whether this rally in risk has legs and we should note that most of the world is still solidly in the red on the day.

Looking around at a few standouts….


Where angels fear to tread. The most obvious victim of a Trump victory the Peso was down 13% at one stage, post-speech it has gained 5 % but is still 7% down on the day.



Another high beta to Trump as USD fled into JPY and saw USDJPY collapse to 101.20 at one stage. It has made back nearly half of its losses. Late in the day, Japanese Officials started making noises about monitoring markets. Should USDJPY move to 100/101 in a disorderly manner again, expect more of the same and possibly some BoJ “checking of USDJPY” levels.



At one stage the futures were limit down at 5%. Has since rallied as European equities have opened relatively steady post-Trump speech.



Down 1300 points in a straight line this morning as the unthinkable started to happen. The Nikkei is a proxy to much of the rest of Asia to Trump as its markets are much more open and liquid then much of the regions. Again, another storming comeback following USDJPY higher.


Germany 30

Opened 3% lower just before Trump started speaking and quickly made 1.5% of it back along with the UK100. The euro zone and its bond markets may benefit from safe-haven flows out of the USA as strange as this may seem.



Led the way this morning with USDCNH trading above  6.8000 even before the polls really started closing on the East Coast.  Has been relatively steady all day, suspicious in itself. One suspects the PBOC has been on top “smoothing” things out to make sure it didn’t get out of hand. It seems to have worked. For now at least.


The safe haven of safe haven’s unsurprisingly got a huge boost today. Rallying over $40 at one stage to near 1340 before falling back with other risk assets. I noted in my piece yesterday, Precious Metals Pre-Election, that no matter how noisy it got to keep a focus on the big levels. Those levels at 1260 and 1330 remain intact as we speak. Again one needs to watch a daily close above or below from a technical perspective.



The dust has settled on a tremendously volatile day. Risk assets, commodities, and stocks and the USD were all aggressively sold as the results came in before rallying on a Trump victory speech. It will be tough to make too many longer term judgments in the next 24 hours. More than likely from here, we will see some consolidation as the street collectively catches its breath before pondering the what’s next?



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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley is OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV, Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
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