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Forex Weekly Outlook August 22 – 26

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Swiss Coins And Banknotes As The Swiss Franc Weakens Against Dollar

Global financial markets reacted to comments from US senior Fed officials last week, after a report shows a healthy manufacturing sector with 0.7 percent increase in industrial production and 0.5 percent surge in manufacturing output with a capacity utilization rate of 75.9 percent — the highest since December 2014.

Although, consumer prices came out flat at 0.0 percent as expected, building permits remained moderate with a resilient labor market (unemployment claims of 262,000). This week, investors are looking to an annual meeting of central bankers from around the world in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at which Fed Chair Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak, for clues on the course of monetary policy. A hawkish outlook will strengthen the dollar as investors are expected to price in the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the second half of the year.

In the UK, the first full post-Brexit data shows retail sales jumped to 1.4 percent in July, indicating that low interest rates (0.25%), unemployment rate (4.9%) and inflation rate (0.6%) are supporting consumer spending against the widely predicted post-Brexit doom. Also, it is imperative to note that the drop in the pound exchange rate encouraged tourists to spend more, so it might be too early to decipher the improvement from the usual summer volatility – especially with a better weather like this year. The pound rose 0.9 percent against the US dollar to $1.3183 after the data was released, but quickly retreated following a surge in the odds of the Fed raising rates this year.

In Canada, retail sales plunged 0.1 percent in June to $44.1 billion, but few experts believed spending will rebound in the third quarter – mainly because of the child benefit for lower income and middle income partners due in July. Again, annual inflation rate fell below the Bank of Canada’s 2 percent target to 1.3 percent and short of 1.5 percent expected in July, as lower energy prices weighed on consumer prices and the struggling manufacturing sector. Overall, the Canadian economy is experiencing a lackluster growth, but the recent comments from Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Kahlid al-Falih has helped the commodity dependent economy/currency modulate part of its losses.

New Zealand continued to differ speculations even after inflation report disappointed. The economy added more jobs in the second quarter and reduced unemployment from 5.2 percent to 5.1 percent. Even though, the currency is yet to cap its gains so far, the strong US data released last week and the possibility of the Federal Reserve raising rates later in the year, may finally pave the way for the RBZN monetary expansion as explained last week and reinforce sellers’ interest, but a break of 0.6989 support will be needed to validate this bearish stance. Generally, New Zealand economy is solid, and one of the few with room for additional expansion if the need arises.

Australia added 26,200 jobs and reduced its unemployment rate by 0.1 percent to 5.7 percent in July. While the economy is far from its 2 percent inflation target, construction, tourism and education industries have helped keep its unemployment rate at a record low. This week, AUDUSD and EURAUD top my list.

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For a while the Australian dollar has been overpriced, but yet continued to gain against the US dollar and its peers. Last week, sellers jumped on the pair immediately Fed officials signals possibility of the Federal Reserve raising rates later in the year, and break the ascending channel started on May 30. This week, if the markets continue to price in that possibility, the strong dollar will likely weigh on the pair and may finally give us 0.7505 as explained last week. I believe a technical break below the ascending channel should be enough to force traders to start pricing in the 25 basis points cut. This week, I am bearish on this pair as long as 0.7673 resistance holds.

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This pair has gained 487 pips since Aug 11th, and positioned for even more. Here is why I think this pair may offer buyers opportunity, the Euro-area has shown resilience since the U.K exit the European Union, and has complemented its moderate fundamental with strategic monetary policy. Another reason is the U.K post-Brexit retail sales report released last week, would likely reduce the heavy negativity surrounding the Brexit and boost the business activities of the Euro-area.

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Technically, after breaking 1.4665 resistance on Wednesday, the Thursday’s candlestick that closed as a bullish pin bar on the daily time frame was the first sign of bullish continuation. While the morning start pattern formed on weekly time frame validate this stance. This week, as long as 1.4665 support holds, I am bullish on this pair with 1.5008 as the target. Euro-area manufacturing PMI is due on Tuesday.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Bureaux De Change Association Warns Against Hoarding of US Dollar, Says Speculators will Lose

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The Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) on Sunday warned currency speculators and hoarders of impending losses if they do not desist from creating bogus foreign exchange rates for personal gain.

In a statement titled, “ABCON warns speculators will lose money as CBN has enough reserves to fund market, defend naira”, the association said speculators and hoarders are taking a huge risk as the Central Bank of Nigeria has enough liquidity to defend the Naira and maintain stability against global foreign counterparts.

This is coming few days after the local currency plunged to N484 to a United States dollar and N620 against the British Pound at the black market due to the rising demand and persistent scarcity that most hoarders interpreted as lack of financial muscle on the part of the central bank, especially if the nation’s falling foreign reserves is factored in.

However, ABCON said with about $36 billion foreign reserves, the Central Bank of Nigeria has the necessary means to punish speculators and hoarders they described as enemies of the nation.

President of ABCON, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, explained that the central bank is working to unify the nation’s foreign exchange rates and eliminate past challenges that have made market determined forex rates almost impossible.

He said “I think that the CBN by pushing the official foreign exchange rate from N306 to N379 to the dollar is in line with market demand.

“It has also helped to narrow the official-parallel market rates gap that formed the basis of ridiculous speculations among unpatriotic forex dealers and spectators.

Gwadabe, however, advised the Federal Government to improve security surveillance at the nation’s land borders to checkmate illegal foreign currency cash deals.

He also asked the central bank to raise liquidity ratio of bureau de change operators to discourage dollar holdings.

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Forex Scarcity Plunges Naira to N620 Against British Pound

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Naira Exchanges at N620 to a British Pound at Black Market

Lingering foreign exchange scarcity has plunged the Nigerian Naira to a record-low of N620 against the British Pound at the black market.

The declined by a record N14 from the N607 it exchanged to a single British Pound on Thursday to N620 on Friday, signaling rising demand for forex amid persistent scarcity.

Experts have attributed the surge in demand to the usual push for the end of the year sales by importers and businesses looking to close the sales gap created by the COVID-19 lockdown.

The local currency plunged against global counterparts by the most in recent months on Friday. The Naira declined by N13 against the European common currency to exchange at N570.

Similarly, the Naira lost another N4 against the United States dollar to exchanged at N484, further down from N480 it was sold on Thursday.

Experts are predicting further decline for the Nigerian Naira, largely due to the weak macro fundamentals, overexposure to crude oil uncertainty and US Dollar.

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US Dollar Gains Against the Nigerian Naira to US$/N480

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The United States Dollar continues its bullish run against the Nigerian Naira on the black market on Friday.

The American Dollar gained N5 against the Nigerian Naira to exchange at US$1 to N480 across key black markets in Nigeria.

The US Dollar has been on a bullish run since COVID-19 pandemic plunged oil prices and distrupted Nigeria’s foreign revenue generation at a time global supply chains were grounded and economies shut to curb the spread of ravaging COVID-19.

The Central Bank of Nigeria devalued the Naira twice to accommodate the nation’s new reality and ease pressure on the weak foreign reserves, still rising capital flight among foreign investors looking to exit the economy and weak foreign direct investment impedes the apex bank’s ability to service the economy with enough US dollar.

Therefore, persistent scarcity due CBN’s failure to supply enough liqudity in an economy that depends on import for almost 90 percent of its consumption plunged the Naira value in recent months.

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