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Forex Weekly Outlook November 21-25

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Last week, I had technical issues. So this week I am going to give an overview of the financial market post-election.

Since Donald Trump emerged the 45th president of the United State of America, a lot has changed in terms of how investors, businesses and traders approach the financial market. Here are possible effect of Donald Trump proposed policies on the world’s largest economy in relation to global foreign exchange market.

Tax Cut

The president-elect plans to cut taxes by the most, and make changes to tax law, while this will help create more jobs and boost economic growth rate going forward, it will also widen the US trade deficit by about $1 trillion over a period of 10 years. This is likely to meet a stumbling block, since changing tax law requires approval of both houses of Congress, and Senate. Again, Federal Reserve Chair Yellen Janet has repeatedly warned of the consequences of running the economy with high deficit. According to her, with the debt to GDP ratio currently at about 77 percent, there is little to no room for additional fiscal measure should a shock to the economy occur. Hence, Trump is likely to push for minimal changes, like he announced on Obamacare after their meeting.

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Accordingly, the Trans Pacific Partnership deal could suffer a setback after 7 years of painstaking negotiation. If Trump failed to realize the US equally needs the other 11 nations to bolster its weak manufacturing sector and offset the deficit created by a drop in the global commodity prices. For instance, a bilateral agreement between Australia and Japan, gives Australian beef exporters a price advantage over their American counterpart whose exports are subject to higher tariffs. According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, without T.P.P the association is losing about $400,000 a day, now multiply that over hundreds of products and several dozens of free-trade relationships that is likely to be affected if Trump jeopardize the agreement. Not only would the 11 nations fight back, countries like China will restrict US products that can be produced locally from its market  and support local manufacturers by forming an alliance with other nations like President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin are already doing in Lima, Peru at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the South American city to negate the possible effect of TPP on their economy per adventure the US renege.

Immigration

Subsequently, it will affect NAFTA trade agreement and visa attached to it. Also, if H-1B visa is overhauled as promised by the president elect during his campaign, the Silicon Valley will be the most affected as more than half of the US startups estimated at about $1 billion have an immigrant founder, and the companies getting the most of H-1B visa, with about 80,000 granted every year to these companies.

Likewise, the US is home to about 15 million immigrants with 11 million of those undocumented. While Trump won’t build walls, he has pledged to aggressively enforce existing laws towards undocumented residents and deport about 3 million, this includes identification checks which could substantially hurt some of the US industries, like agriculture, foodservices and hotels, that depend largely on undocumented lowly paid immigrants to function. This move, will impact services sector that has aided the economy since recession and disrupt Trump proposed increase in productivity as unemployment rate is near all-time low, and has forced employers to raise wages to retain and attract desirable employees.

Economy

The US economy remains vibrant after a series of positive economic data shows continuous growth post-election, and a surge in inflation towards Fed’s 2 percent target. Although, producer prices were unchanged in October due to drop in services cost, data showed more jobs were being created even with rising wages. This was further validated by a 40-year low unemployment claims (235,000) recorded in the week ended Nov.11, while consumer spending remains strong following a 0.8 percent increase in October and 4.3 percent on a yearly basis.

This, has increased the odds of the Fed raising interest rate in December to almost 100 percent – especially with the Federal Chair signaling possible rate hike if incoming data provide further evidence of continued growth. This week, the US dollar is expected to gain against its counterparts as investors continue to jump on it in anticipation for possible rate hike. However, traders are advised to pay attention to the U.S political event in case Trump makes comments that could halt current gains.

In the UK, consumer prices unexpectedly rose (0.9%) less than forecast in October even with the weaker pound. However, consumer spending rose more than expected to 1.9 percent, suggesting household spending is still strong. Accordingly, unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in the third quarter, its lowest in 11 years. Nevertheless, the number of jobs added (49,000) was half the number expected and down from 172,000 jobs added in the second quarter, indicating the labour market might be cooling, with employment growth slowing as Prime Minister Theresa May’s March 2017 date for triggering article 50 of Brexit approaches.  The U.K. uncertainty and risk remain high as investors and businesses awaits EU-U.K deal ahead of official Brexit.

Overall, the financial markets remain uncertainty as the world awaits Italy referendum alongside Brexit deal and the U.S new president that has sworn to change current policies. This week, AUDUSD and NZDUSD top my list.

AUDUSD

Last month, I mentioned this pair sell opportunity, but after hitting our first target at 0.75059 it rebounded, reaching as high as 0.7777 last week. This week, with the odds of the Fed’s raising rates jumping to 100 percent from 68 percent in the previous week, this pair is likely to continue its downward trend towards 0.7203 support. Another good reason is that the Aussie dollar is a natural safe haven, but as investors are increasing their US dollar holding, demand for the Australian dollar is expected to drop this week.

Forex Weekly Outlook November 21-25

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This week, as long as 0.7379 resistance holds, I am bearish on AUDUSD with 0.7203 as the target.

NZDUSD

Also, this pair sell opportunity was discussed weeks ago, and since then this pair has lost 402 pips, but I think this pair has room for additional 409 pips, if 0.6989 support, below the ascending channel started over a year ago is broken this week. This week, I will be looking to sell below the 0.6989 for my first target 0.6771 and then 0.6580 second target.

Forex Weekly Outlook November 21-25

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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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Naira to Dollar Exchange Rate Improves Slightly to N414.07/US$1

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Naira to Dollar exchange rate improved further at the official foreign exchange window on Wednesday despite the ongoing economic uncertainties.

The local currency opened the day at N414.18 to a United States Dollar before closing at N414.07, representing an improvement of 0.16 percent gain.

During the day, Naira plunged to as low as N442 to a United States Dollar at spot fx market. While at the fx future market it was fairly stable at N419. Forex traders exchange $334.97 million on Wednesday.

However, the Central Bank of Nigeria published exchange rates revealed that the United States Dollar was sold at N410.89 on Wednesday to banks. The British Pound and Euro were sold at N565 and N477.74, respectively.

Central Bank of Nigeria’s Foreign Exchange Rate

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Naira Gained 0.08 Percent to N414.73 Against the United States Dollar on Monday

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The Nigerian Naira gained against the United States Dollar on Monday after falling to a record low of N422 per US dollar on Friday at the official forex window.

The local currency opened at N414.46 to a United States Dollar, a 0.15 percent improvement from Friday’s closing price.

Naira dropped as low as N425 to a United States Dollar at the spot forex market and to N429.50 at the forward forex market before closing at N414.73 to a United States Dollar at the spot forex market. Forex traders traded $172 million at the official forex window on Monday.

Forex scarcity across key foreign exchange segments and the decision of the central bank of Nigeria to halt the sale of forex to Bureau de Change operators continue to impede forex access in Africa’s largest economy.

Vice President Osinbajo had suggested that the apex bank should look to adopt a new forex policy to better close the gap between the black market and official rates. At the unregulated black market, traders are selling at N570 to US dollar.

This, the Vice President said was what was sustaining the black market.

For context, the Vice President’s point was that currently the Naira exchange rate benefits only those who are able to obtain the dollar at N410, some of who simply turn round and sell to the parallel market at N570. It is stopping this huge arbitrage of over N160 per dollar that the Vice President was talking about. Such a massive difference discourages doing proper business, when selling the dollar can bring in 40% profit!, stated Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President.

“This was why the Vice President called for measures that would increase the supply of foreign exchange in the market rather than simply managing demand, which opens up irresistible opportunities for arbitrage and corruption.”

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Naira Plunges to Record Low of N422/US$1 at Official Market

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The Nigerian Naira extended its decline to N422 to a United States Dollar at the official forex market, the investors and exporters forex window managed by the FMDQ Group.

Naira opened the day at N413.50 to a US Dollar before plunging to as low as N436 at the spot forex market and N446 at the forward market. The local currency eventually closed the day at N422.07 per US Dollar.

Investors at the window traded $141.94 million during the trading hours of Thursday.

The decline was after Vice President Osinbajo asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to rethink its current forex policy and allow the Naira to reflect market conditions. This, the Vice President said will help close the current gap that exists between the official rate and black market rate.

Media outlets had interpreted the Vice President position as a call for further devaluation of the Nigerian Naira. However, in a statement signed by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Akande explained that Osinbajo is simply calling for a single forex rate to dislodge the activities of speculators and hoarders at the various unregulated black market.

He added that the 40 percent or N160 arbitrage difference between the official rate of N410 and N570 offered at the black market will continue to encourage corruption in the forex market.

“For context, the Vice President’s point was that currently the Naira exchange rate benefits only those who are able to obtain the dollar at N410, some of who simply turn round and sell to the parallel market at N570. It is stopping this huge arbitrage of over N160 per dollar that the Vice President was talking about. Such a massive difference discourages doing proper business, when selling the dollar can bring in 40% profit!

“This was why the Vice President called for measures that would increase the supply of foreign exchange in the market rather than simply managing demand, which opens up irresistible opportunities for arbitrage and corruption.”

At the black market, traders exchanged Naira at N565 to a United States Dollar on Thursday.

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