Summer Slumber

Summer Slumber

The Market has tipped their hat to Thursday ECB meeting as the main event,  resulting in sleepy markets across most currencies but there have been selective pockets of interest. However, given the lack of Fedspeak support or tier one US economic data the USD, for the most part, remains trading off its back foot. Nonetheless,  the market has been busy analysing and given the many currency pair standoffs, are likely over analysing.Welcome to surviving the summer on a trading desk

Despite the intense focus on the this week’s ECB, it’s  questionable if much will happen despite the market’s firm Asset Purchase Price ( APP) easing bias.Given the sensitivity of the market to Draghi’s comments, he will likely err on the side of caution and  stir the pot as little as possible

Healthcare  News

Healthcare News

The US health care bill is back in the limelight.The market has immediately reacted to the latest headlines suggesting two more Republicans Senator Moran and Senator Lee will vote no. This headline has massive implications to amend Obamacare and bring a huge element of doubt over the tax reform.Equity futures are wobbling the dollar is selling off.Gold has picked up its allure again given the heightened political risk landscape


The Euro continues to nudge higher despite the huge risk of Drahi saying little at this week’s ECB which will be construed as dovish The current market discussion suggests September ECB  for even Jackson Hole will be the platform announce the APP easing. The market believes there is no coincidence in Draghi’s appearance at Jackson Hole.  But the allure to get in front on a Central Bank easing bias is just too tempting for speculators to ignore, so the EURO remains bid and quickly snapped up on dips.

Australian Dollar

After rallying hard post tepid US CPI, the Aussie struggled to gain momentum after a boisterous China data dump and traders were quick to take profits. While the recent constructive price action suggests the markets want to push even higher, traders remain very caution knowing the stronger Aussie is bad news for the economy. It’s a busy week for the AUD with RBA minutes just ahead, Employment on Wednesday and the week then dotted by RBA’s Heath on Wednesday then  Debelle and Bullock on Friday. If there’s an opportunity to lean against the recent currency move the RBA will have its chance.

New Zealand Dollar

It appears the USA is not the only country struggling with consumer inflation as  NZD  Q2 CPI printed lower than expected at 0%QoQ versus 0.2% expected.  The currency tanked 50 pips in low liquidity conditions and had struggled to find it footing so far. The RBNZ has supported a cautionary view of  both the economy and inflation which is coming now as a reality check to traders in the form of weaker GDP and tepid inflation

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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