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Forex Weekly Outlook October 17-21

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Forex Weekly Outlook October 17-21
  • Forex Weekly Outlook October 17-21

The US dollar gained against most of its counterparts last week, despite the consumer confidence index (87.9) falling to a year low in September. The economy continued to create jobs by maintaining a four decade low unemployment benefits at 246,000 in the week ended Oct.8, same as previous week.

Also, consumer spending rebounded in September surging 0.6 percent from previously declining 0.2 percent in August, while the producer price index rose 0.3 percent for the first time in three months, indicating that consumer prices may be picking up as the increase in costs (energy and food) are pass-on to consumers.

This is one of the reasons consumer confidence dropped in the said month, as consumers are likely to react to increase in costs, and also it explained Fed’s position as to why aggressive steps “high-pressure economy” may be needed to lower unemployment further and boost consumption simultaneously, even if it means at a higher inflation rate.

Accordingly, the Fed Chair Yellen Janet during 60th annual economic conference in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday noted that extreme economic events like the world is currently experiencing have challenged existing economic views in terms of what drive growth (demand and supply).

While, admitting this will necessitate further research from the profession and the Fed, she said there were evidences from post-financial crisis that aggregate increase in demand lead to appreciable effect on aggregate supply against widely accepted notion that an economic output over the long-term is equal to its resources (labour, costs and existing technologies).

This was because at a more accommodative monetary policy (interest rate 0.5%), unemployment rate has remained nearly stagnant and so is the output. Therefore, throwing the possibility of a December rate hike in doubt, especially saying that the influence of the labour market, that the financial markets thought will force the Fed to hike rates to curb inflation above its 2 percent target, on inflation rate is weaker than had been commonly thought prior to the financial crisis. However, consumer prices report due on Tuesday and building permit of Wednesday will help assess the level of inflation so as to determine how close to target the Fed really is and economic growth.

In China, producer prices rose 0.1 percent for the first time in five years, bolstering consumer inflation to 1.9 percent in September. However, exports fell 10 percent from a year earlier, reducing the world second largest economy’s trade surplus to $42 billion, even with weaker Yuan. This suggested that weaker Yuan have little effect on exports as the global slowdown has impacted shipments from both the European Union and United Kingdom. For instance, exports to the EU has dropped 9.8 percent, while that of U.K. and U.S have declined by 10.8 percent and 8.1 percent respectively.

While the probability of exports turning positive is high due to continuous weakening of the Yuan by the Chinese central bank and the usual surge in Christmas orders, sustainability remains the question. Next week, third quarter GDP report, industrial production, fixed asset investment and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) due on Wednesday will further throw light on the state of Chinese economy going forward.

In the UK, the sterling continued its decline against the US dollar and has so far lost 6 percent this month and down 17 percent this year. While Goldman Sachs and other analysts have said the embattled currency is still in for more punishment, the lower exchange rate will boost oversea orders and pressure consumer prices (inflation) above the Bank of England (BOE) 2 percent target.

This, will likely prompt BOE to either shun rising inflation and concentrate on growth as suggested by Mark Carney last statement on the economic outlook or attempt to curb inflation and risk growth. Inflation rate, producer prices, average earnings, consumer spending and unemployment rate are due this week, but these macro data are likely to have no positive effect on the economy as long as the confidence in the British market remains weak.

Overall, I expect the US dollar to lose some ground this week as investors look to understand Fed’s statement on the economy and come to terms with the possibility of the apex bank maintaining current interest rate while monitoring improvement across key sectors.  This week I will be looking at CADJPY, USDCAD and EURNZD.

CADJPY

This pair plunged to four year low last month, largely due to the Yen continuous gain and low oil prices that weigh on oil-dependent loonie. But after OPEC members agreed to cut production in September the pair halted losses and has since gained 386 pips. Although, Canada economic data remain weak, there is a possibility that a rebound in oil prices will fuel an increase in investment and improve exports.

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Technically, after a bullish pin bar was formed three weeks ago and the failure of the pair to break 77.05 support a week later showed this pair has halted the downward trend. But a sustained break of 79.23 resistance is needed to validate the bullish trend. This week, as long as price remains above 79.23, I am bullish on this pair this week with 82.05 as the target.

USDCAD

With the US dollar posed to retreat this week, coupled with the Russia and Saudi Wednesday’s agreement in Turkey to go ahead with production cut, this pair is expected to extend its decline this week. This week, I am bearish on this pair as long as 1.3142 holds with 1.3033 as the target.

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EURNZD

With the euro-single currency enmeshed in Greece debt and Brexit issues this pair will likely extend its decline this week – especially if last week bearish pin bar is taking into consideration.  This week, as long as price remains below 1.5469 I am bearish on this pair this week with 1.5180 as the first target.

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Last Week Recap

The EURUSD hit our first target at 1.1019 last week, but this week I will be standing aside on this pair to evaluate Euro-area economic situation in relation to how the financial markets react to the greenback after Fed’s speech.

AUDUSD touched our 0.7505 target and immediately lost most of its gains for the week. This week, I will be standing aside on Aussie to monitor market reaction to its current position for two reasons, one, the Aussie dollar does not have much room to grow on the bullish side considering its nearing 78.34 US cents, its one-year peak. Two, the US dollar is likely to give up part of its gains so far this week, and with buyers adding to their long positions without substantial data to explain the reason for Thursday and Friday attractiveness. I will be standing aside to better assess the situation.

NZDUSD

This pair was 44 pips short of hitting our target at 0.6989 last week, but this week I will be waiting for confirmation of trend continuity to sell per adventure Kiwi extend its decline against the greenback, but for now I will be standing aside also, while monitoring data from RBNZ and market reaction to the current position of this pair.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Businessinsider, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate Today 13th June 2024

The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of June 13th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,490.

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The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of June 13th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,490.

Recent data from Bureau De Change (BDC) reveals that buyers in the Lagos Parallel Market purchased a dollar for ₦1,480 and sold it at ₦1,470 on Wednesday, June 12th, 2024.

This indicates a slight decline in the Naira exchange rate value when compared to today’s rate.

The black market rate plays a crucial role for investors and participants, offering a real-time reflection of currency dynamics outside official or regulated exchange channels.

Monitoring these rates provides insights into the immediate value of the Naira against the dollar, guiding decision-making processes for individuals and businesses alike.

It’s important to note that while the black market offers valuable insights, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not officially recognize its existence.

The CBN advises individuals engaging in forex transactions to utilize official banking channels, emphasizing the importance of compliance with regulatory frameworks.

How much is dollar to naira today in the black market

For those navigating the currency exchange landscape, here are the latest figures for the black market exchange rate:

  • Buying Rate: ₦1,490
  • Selling Rate: ₦1,480

As economic conditions continue to evolve, staying informed about currency exchange rates empowers individuals to make informed financial decisions. While the black market provides immediate insights, adherence to regulatory guidelines ensures stability and transparency in forex transactions.

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Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate Today 12th June 2024

The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of June 12th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,480.

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The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of June 12th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,480.

Recent data from Bureau De Change (BDC) reveals that buyers in the Lagos Parallel Market purchased a dollar for ₦1,500 and sold it at ₦1,490 on Thursday, June 6th, 2024.

This indicates an improvement in the Naira exchange rate value when compared to today’s rate.

The black market rate plays a crucial role for investors and participants, offering a real-time reflection of currency dynamics outside official or regulated exchange channels.

Monitoring these rates provides insights into the immediate value of the Naira against the dollar, guiding decision-making processes for individuals and businesses alike.

It’s important to note that while the black market offers valuable insights, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not officially recognize its existence.

The CBN advises individuals engaging in forex transactions to utilize official banking channels, emphasizing the importance of compliance with regulatory frameworks.

How much is dollar to naira today in the black market

For those navigating the currency exchange landscape, here are the latest figures for the black market exchange rate:

  • Buying Rate: ₦1,480
  • Selling Rate: ₦1,470

As economic conditions continue to evolve, staying informed about currency exchange rates empowers individuals to make informed financial decisions. While the black market provides immediate insights, adherence to regulatory guidelines ensures stability and transparency in forex transactions.

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Cedi Falls to Record Low Due to Increased Dollar Demand from Importers

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The Ghanaian cedi has plummeted to a record low of 14.9335 per dollar as the increase in demand for US dollars by companies importing fuel, pharmaceuticals, and other fast-moving consumer goods put pressure on the currency.

This depreciation, observed by the close of trading in Accra, marks the cedi’s lowest level since at least 1994 when Bloomberg began tracking the data.

Since the start of the year, the cedi has declined by 20% against the US dollar, ranking it as the fourth-worst performing currency among approximately 150 tracked globally by Bloomberg, following the Egyptian pound, Nigerian naira, and Lebanese pound.

“Dollar demand from oil importers, the pharmaceuticals industry, and FMCG companies remains strong,” noted Samantha Singh-Jami, Africa Strategist at Rand Merchant Bank. “Although authorities have significantly increased foreign exchange reserves in recent months, there are still constraints on foreign exchange liquidity in the market.”

Ghana’s gross international reserves rose to $6.6 billion in April, the highest in over 19 months, as per data compiled by Bloomberg.

The central bank has been strategically managing these reserves to ensure sufficient market supply, including directly addressing some companies’ foreign exchange needs to alleviate the pressure on commercial banks.

This increase in reserves follows Ghana’s decision to halt servicing most of its external debt since December 2022.

The move was part of a debt restructuring effort to qualify for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) program. Disbursements from the $3 billion IMF package and inflows from other multilateral and bilateral sources have bolstered the reserves.

However, the cedi’s decline is also attributed to a significant drop in cocoa export revenue, which has diminished foreign exchange supply. Revenue from cocoa shipments fell by 49% to $599 million from January through April.

The country’s cocoa output for the 2023-24 season is projected to be between 422,500 and 425,000 tons, which is only half of the initial estimate.

“The weakening of the cedi seems to reflect foreign exchange flow mismatches,” said Samir Gadio, head of Africa Strategy at Standard Chartered Bank. “Foreign exchange demand recovered this year, though it has remained broadly constant in recent months, and continues to exceed supply.”

The combination of high demand for dollars by importers and reduced foreign exchange inflows has created a challenging environment for the cedi.

Despite efforts by the central bank to manage the situation, the currency continues to struggle under the weight of these economic pressures.

Economic Outlook

The Ghanaian government and central bank face a tough task in stabilizing the cedi amidst these challenges.

Ensuring adequate foreign exchange liquidity while addressing the structural issues in the economy, such as reliance on imports and fluctuating export revenues, will be crucial in reversing the cedi’s downward trend.

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