Major economies & currencies – What to look out for and why it matters

Price action in major currencies was again subdued last week. With few tier-one macro data releases for markets to trade off the focus was on the reaction function of governments and central banks to covid-19 related developments. Only a handful of currencies appreciated by more than 1% vs the Dollar last week and no major currency depreciated by more than

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Risk aversion, not panic, in face of uncertainty

Major currencies, equity markets and the price of crude oil since 8th June – the cycle low in the US Dollar – have exhibited reasonably limited directionality, narrow trading ranges and very low volatility, with the notable exception of currencies in Latin America. However this is not a case of more confident financial market participants finding their feet, in our

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Governments and policies adapting to critical known unknown

We argued in Lack of US market & macro volatility both reassuring and troubling (17 January) that “the market’s willingness to look through domestic political and geopolitical events suggests that only a significant exogenous or endogenous shock currently beyond markets’ radar screens (an “unknown unknown”) is likely to really move the needle”. That unknown unknown, a “black swan” event, has

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What next for Asian currencies

Note that I will be speaking on the currency panel at the 5th Global Independent Research Conference on 3rd February in London (1 Wimpole Street). We will be discussing the outlook for i) Asian and EM currencies, including the Renminbi, ii) developed market currencies, including the Euro and Sterling, iii) depressed global FX volatility, iv) central bank monetary policy and

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Asian currencies showing some viral resistance

Note that I will be speaking on the currency panel at the 5th Global Independent Research Conference on 3rd February in London (1 Wimpole Street). Independent research providers will be debating their views on a range of investment topics through panel discussions. This conference is for the buy-side community including Portfolio Managers, Chief Investment Officers, Fund Managers, Strategists, Analysts and

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