- Forex Weekly Outlook December 10-14
Global foreign exchange market remained highly volatile despite temporary trade agreement reached by the U.S. and China. The slowing growth in China, the world’s second largest economy, and the unexpected drop in the number of jobs created in the U.S. in November following the Federal Reserve comment on possible slow down in rates hike in 2019 have weakened market confidence and increased global uncertainty going into the new year.
The U.S. stocks dropped $1 trillion in value last week as investors seem to be abandoning the high flying American stocks for emerging assets amid inverted yield curve that signals possible recession in 2019/2020.
Emerging markets, however, may not enjoy huge inflow of capital as previously projected because of the change in the European Central Bank’s monetary policy and current China’s economic position. ECB announced it will stop buying bond in January 2019 and commence normalization, which might involve rate hike. Therefore, most funds are likely to go to the Euro-zone (developed economy) with lesser risk.
This, may offer some form of support for the Euro currency in 2019 despite Brexit uncertainty, Italy debt crisis and slowing global growth.
Still, it all depends on the outcome of the Brexit vote on Tuesday in the United Kingdom, where MPs will vote to either approve and disapprove Prime Minister Theresa May’s draft Brexit deal.
In Canada, crude oil production will drop by 325,000 barrels per day starting from January 2019 as the oil-producing nation plans to reduce the gap between the price of U.S. WTI crude and the Canadian crude that rose to almost 50 at a point.
Experts believe the move will slow economic growth to 1.8 percent from the 2 percent predicted for 2019 as revenue generated from sales of crude oil is expected to drop in billions, partly due to falling oil prices and reduce production.
Meanwhile, OPEC+ agreed to cut 1.2 million barrels per day against the 1 million widely expected by the market to artificially boost price despite President Trump saying otherwise.
Giving the aforementioned reasons, USDJPY, NZDJPY, AUDUSD, and CADJPY top my list this week.
The growing uncertainty surrounding the U.S. assets following Federal Reserve’s rate comment, fewer than expected job creation in November and inverted yield curve is weighing on the U.S. dollar’s attractiveness, forcing investors to jump on haven currency, the Japanese Yen.
The USDJPY closed below the ascending channel for the first time in nine months last week to trade at 112.68 as shown above. Indicating an unusual selling pressure, especially after Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO was arrested in Canada on the order of U.S, a move China kicked against and insisted there will be consequences.
Therefore, a sustained break below the 113.03 resistance level should pressure price towards the 111.82 supports and vice versa.
New Zealand dollar is a commodity-dependent currency that reflects China’s economic position. Since Wanzhou was picked up on Friday and Chinese inflation number disappointed after falling to 2.2 percent in November, Kiwi attractiveness drop against the Yen.
The pair was aided out of the 16 months descending channel by the temporary truce reached two weeks ago, however, with the new economic numbers pointing to possible slow down in Chinese economy and weak commodity outlook. The pair may fail to sustain its nearly two weeks bullish run above the descending channel.
This week, as long as price remained below the 77.71 resistance level breached for the first time in 6 months two weeks ago. I will look to sell this pair for 75.55 supports in line with previous analysis. However, 76.85 support stand in the way.
Australian currency has been battered by weaker than expected economic growth in the third quarter, the economy expanded at a rate of 0.3 percent and 2.8 percent year on year, lower than the 0.6 percent and 3.5 percent expected, respectively. Also, consumer spending continued to drop amid weak wage growth and rising household debt. Meaning, the Reserve Bank of Australia may be forced to lower rate from the current 1.5 percent in 2019 to stimulate growth despite record low unemployment rate.
Like New Zealand, China is Australia’s largest trading partner, therefore, the Australian economy is indirectly impacted by the Chinese economy. Hence, all the factors mentioned above will equally weigh on the Aussie dollar.
The AUDUSD dropped about 200 pips last week after the disappointing GDP report to close at 0.7198. Since January 2018, the pair has dropped a total of 936 pips and broke out of the descending channel ahead of the US and China trade agreement five weeks ago.
Therefore, this is likely a temporary breakout given the aforementioned reasons. This week, as long as price remained below the 0.7314 resistance I am bearish on AUDUSD.
Despite better than expected unemployment rate of 5.6 percent and over 94,000 jobs that were created in Canada in November, the Canadian currency dropped against it counterparts to close lower last week.
The Bank of Canada held interest rate unchanged at 1.75 percent as expected but warned the economy could be heading for a slowdown in the final quarter of the year.
This was after the oil-producing nation announced it would cut production by 325,000 or 8.7 percent in January to aid price, a move believed by most experts would hurt economic productivity next year as national revenue is expected to drop.
Also, the economy grew at 2 percent rate in the third quarter, down from 2.9 percent recorded in the second quarter. Indicating possible slowing growth.
Technically, the pair closed outside the ascending channel for the first time in nine months to validate downward pressure. Therefore, because of the renewed interest in haven currency, Yen, especially in a week of Brexit vote. Investors are likely to jump on haven currency to curb risk exposure.
Hence, I am bearish on CADJPY and will look to sell below the ascending channel for 82.41 support.
Naira Exchange Rates; Monday, June 21, 2021
The Nigerian Naira continues its decline against global counterparts after gaining on the back of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s proposed increase in foreign exchange supply to all forex operators across the country.
Naira gained on the parallel market to exchange at N493 against the United States Dollar on Tuesday 15, June 2021 before dropping to N497 on Wednesday 16, June 2021.
The local currency plunged as low as N502 to a United States Dollar on the parallel market before the CBN announced its plans to up liquidity in an effort to ease scarcity and speed up business activities in the largely import-dependent economy. See the Naira exchange rates across various sections of foreign exchange markets.
Naira Black Market Exchange Rates
Morning * Midday** Evening *** Final Rates
Bureau De Change Naira Rates
Central Bank of Nigeria’s Official Naira Rates
|6/21/2021||SOUTH AFRICAN RAND||28.7174||28.7525||28.7876|
Travellers to Access $4k , Businessmen $5K as CBN Boosts Forex Supplies
Nigerians travelling abroad can access a maximum amount of $4,000 foreign exchange from the banks following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s announcement to increase forex supplies.
Sources from some of the banks said those travelling on business trips could also access a maximum amount of $5,000 for each trip.
The CBN had said in a recent statement that it had concluded plans to increase the amount of foreign exchange allocated to banks to meet legitimate needs.
This followed the warning by the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, to Deposit Money Banks to desist from denying customers the opportunity to purchase foreign exchange.
The purposes to access forex included Personal Travel Allowance, Basic Travel Allowance, tuition fees, and medical payments as well as Small and Medium Enterprises transactions or for the repatriation of Foreign Direct Investment proceeds, the CBN had stated.
At a virtual Bankers’ Committee meeting last week, the bankers discussed how the CBN intended to assist with forex to ensure availability for the upcoming summer period and the return of students to school in September.
The CBN also said the BDCs would continue to have their weekly allocations.
The committee observed that the rates were going up.
It stated, “The CBN has said that all the banks must make available at all times and anyone who wants to buy BTA, PTA, medical fees, student school fees and all the eligible invisible purchases to ensure that Nigerians are not forced to go and queue in the parallel market.
“So what the Central Bank is doing is to encourage all banks to make sure that there is available forex at all times, and that his information should be communicated on all our platforms.
“We are asking our customers to come to the branches and for BTA, for example, present the required documents, which are basically your international passport, your visa, your valid ticket and fill up the form in the bank.
“And what we have been instructed to do is ensure that we don’t turn anybody back and that we should request from the Central Bank once we exhaust the forex that we have.
“The idea is to have a hitch-free summer period and the resumption for children to go back to school. The idea is to ensure there is less pressure on the forex and then the rates will come down.”
Speaking during the virtual meeting, the Group Managing Director, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, said, “I think again as part of the central bank’s role in terms of price stability and the need to support small and medium enterprises, there was a highlight of the need for banks to go and support SMEs who import small raw materials for them to set up their businesses.”
The Managing Director, Ecobank, Patrick Akinwuntan, said, “All banks are available to ensure forex need is met.”
Managing Director, Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman, said the CBN had provided sufficient foreign exchange to meet the needs of all legitimate Nigerian travellers and therefore, the idea of going to any other market should not arise at all.
U.S Dollar Gained as Fed Shifts Interest Rates Hike from 2024 to 2023, Crypto Drops
The United States Dollar gained on Thursday after the Federal Reserve raised inflation expectations to 3.4 percent and moved the year it is expected to raise interest rates from 2024 to 2023.
Policymakers suggested that interest rates could be raised twice by late 2023 given “Summary of Economic Projections” (SEP) released on Wednesday.
The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against six major currencies, gained 0.63 percent to 91.103, its highest since May 6.
The jump was as a result of renewed interest in the American economy as growth is expected to hit 7 percent in 2021 despite the rising inflation. Similarly, economic conditions are projected to improve faster than initially predicted.
The Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said “the economic conditions in the committee’s forward guidance will be met somewhat sooner than previously expected.”
“The interesting thing is that the Fed has gone beyond simply acknowledging that inflation is rising and that the U.S. economy has a lot of momentum, and it has essentially shifted to a much more hawkish stance in this set of projections,” said Karl Schamotta, chief market strategist at Cambridge Global Payments in Toronto.
Powell said the central bank will maintain its $120 billion monthly bond-buying program to continue to support the economy but also suggested the possibility of pulling back on quantitative easing used to keep rates low.
“I think we’re back to talking about a mild rally in the U.S. dollar and the data becoming very important over the summer period prior to Jackson Hole and September’s meeting,” said Simon Harvey, senior FX market analyst at Monex Europe.
Billions Flow Out of Crypto Market Ahead of Better US Economy
Investors are moving money in billions out of the crypto market, according to Whale Alert reports. On Thursday, 26,999,9990 USDT valued at $26,999,990 was transferred from Binance to an unknown wallet while another 19,999,995 USDT transferred from Bitfinex to an unknown wallet.
Investors moved 20,000,000 USDT to Bitfinex; 55,180 Ether worth $134,030,121 from an unknown wallet to another unknown wallet and 55,000 Ether estimated at $133,389,506 was also transferred to an unknown wallet in the early hours of Thursday.
5,000 Ether worth $12,168,082 and 1,000 Bitcoins worth $38,953,357 were transferred from an unknown wallet to Binance. To see the rest of the money being moved out of crypto space visit Whale Alert.
Cryptocurrency market capitalisation dipped by 5.03 percent in the last 24 hours but has lost $898 billion from $2.523 trillion it attained on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, to $1.625 trillion on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
The plunge in cryptocurrency was a result of improving global economic outlook, especially in the United States of America, the largest crypto investing nation.
The unregulated crypto space is largely treated as a haven asset to avert disaster during the global downturn. Meaning, an improvement in the global economy will generally impact cryptocurrency capital inflow and overall performance. Investors King expects cryptocurrency to extend its decline in the third quarter.
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