What’s Next ?

What’s Next? 

The Forex markets are Market remain somewhat brittle as volumes continue to run light and liquidity has started to erode earlier than normal entering the final leg of 2016. AS has been the case most of the former trading quarter Traders are at the mercy to quick moves driven by headline risk and continue to kick the can from news event to news event. Outside of the event risk, liquidity continues to run low between events, and markets remain delicate to any headline drove risk.

Market’s were unmoved  by near consensus US economic data prints

What’s next on the risk horizon. Well, traders are pivoting to next week FOMC.

 Australian Dollar

The Australian Dollar continues to trade sideways within the well-established .74-.75 level. The .7500 level continues to offer substantial resistance with Aussie Dollar  supply on offer up to the .7525 level, the current 200 DMA Avg.

As expected, the RBA delivered little of note as the market prepares for today’s Q3 GDP print. With the market, pricing in the possible adverse outcome we should expect some reaction to the headline but overall risk on this trade remains symmetrical given positioning on the Aussie is light now.

The larger Aussie narrative remains driven by the external factor and broader USD moves. While the more general US dollar risk continues to consolidate, expect the Aussie to remain mired in its current .74-.75 holding pattern.

Japanese Yen

The market remains glued to the 114.00 level, and despite the year-end cautionary tale I have been weaving, the USDJPY continues to behave well with dips very short lived and well supported.

Momentum is keenly focused on the 2.5 % level in US 10 Year Bond. With the market hesitant to move into full dollar bull mode until that level gives way; however, the buy on dip strategy remains intact.   Even with the US 10 year yields looking “topish” heading into year end and as USD support wanes from the interest differential perspective, the improving global risk sentiment should provide a tailwind for the long USDJPY trade, which could support a  move on USDJPY above 115 heading into year-end.



With the market, more fixated on an unfiltered pricing “glitch “its shows how incredibly sensitive market watcher is to the potential spillover effects of Tumpencomics.

Always best to check the correlated trades, if the prices are not obvious question the validity of the prices especially through non-transactional resellers of currency data.

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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.
Stephen Innes