ETF Securities Research Blog

No bounce for the Aussie Dollar

Although the Australian economy set a record of not having a recession in 104 quarters – since 1992 – growth in Q1 2017 was the weakest in over seven years. With the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) remaining firmly in an accommodative policy stance, the downside risks for the Australian Dollar (AUD) are mounting in the near term. Read more…

From the horse’s mouth: Fed rate hike likely to prompt further USD weakness

The market has been fully pricing in a rate hike from the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) for over a month – since mid-May, the US Dollar (USD) has fallen nearly 3%. Recent Fed speakers prior to the ‘blackout’ indicate that the view is relatively pragmatic and balanced. However, the USD could still weaken further even if the Fed follows through on market expectations for a rate rise Read more…

ECB communication – a masterclass in subtle communication

Today’s European Central Bank (ECB) press conference was an exercise in subterfuge: a subtle communication of tapering without actually discussing the concept. Draghi is trying to throw the market off the ‘scent’ by noting “there were 2 observations on policy normalisation (aka tapering) but no discussions on it”. As a result, we expect the Euro to move lower in the near-term until the need for tighter monetary policy for the Eurozone becomes a more strongly voiced position. Read more…

GBP to gain after the UK election

We expect that the British Pound will gain after a period of consolidation around current levels ahead of the UK election next week. The latest polling indicates that Prime Minister May’s lead has declined, prompting a modest pullback in the local currency. We expect that although GBP could soften further in the coming week, as the Conservative party’s lead see-saws, but believe it will stay above key support of 200-dma, which is currently 1.2595.

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Euro to benefit from the US Dollar downside risk.

Fading political uncertainty in Europe alongside the improving growth profile is bolstering the Euro. Meanwhile, the US Dollar has failed to benefit in any significant way, despite the market pricing in a rate hike in June by the Fed. We expect that there is a downside risk for the US Dollar if the Fed disappoint in June, especially in view of FX market positioning. Read more…

Central banks: hear no inflation, see no inflation, speak no inflation

While global inflationary expectations have moderated as a risk-on mindset has gained momentum following the French Presidential first round vote, actual inflation is surprising to the upside. While the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and European Central Bank (ECB) have met investor expectations for policy announcements in recent days, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) could disappoint at its June meeting. Read more…

Frexit less likely but domestic challenges

Market’s participants welcomed the lead of Macron in the first round of the French presidential elections. The euro jumped 1.3% and French equities are up 4% led by French banks. We believe the excessively high OAT-Bund yield spreads will continue to tighten gradually as we get closer to the second round of the presidential elections and the Parliamentary elections. Read more…