FX Asia Slides as Dollar Firms

Most Asian currencies slipped on Friday but were on track to post weekly gains, after US President-elect Donald Trump’s news conference this week offered little clarity on his fiscal policy plans and dented the US dollar.

The Philippine peso slipped 0.3% on the day, weighed down by falls in Philippine shares. The Indonesian rupiah and Indian rupee eased 0.2%.

A bigger-than-expected drop in China’s exports in December weighed on Asian currencies, although the Chinese trade data also contained some encouraging signs, with imports rising slightly more than expected.

Traders seem to be looking to buy the US dollar on dips, said Stephen Innes senior trader for FX broker OANDA in Singapore.

“The Trump reflation trade is springing a leak, but I don’t think it’s over,” Innes said.


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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