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Back-To-Back Risk Off, GBP & NZD Suffer

In the last 24h, the deterioration in risk sentiment has taken yet another hit as the S&P 500 averages nearly 2% losses back-to-back. This deleveraging in equity bets has led to the usual suspects (USD, JPY) to outperform the rest of the G8 FX complex.

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Scan Of The Markets

The indices show the performance of a particular currency vs G8 FX. A video on how to interpret these indices can be found in the Global Prime’s Research section.

In the last 24h, the deterioration in risk sentiment has taken yet another hit as the S&P 500 averages nearly 2% losses back-to-back. This deleveraging in equity bets has led to the usual suspects (USD, JPY) to outperform the rest of the G8 FX complex.

Looking at the key drivers, it was all about the speech by Fed’s Chairman Powell that gripped the market’s attention. The net effect, when all things considered, was a Fed Chairman that keeps carrying a downbeat outlook for the economy, while ruling out (for now) negative rates as part of the policy settings to stimulate the economy.

On a side note, it’s also important to emphasize another Central Bank, that unlike the Fed, is laying the ground for negative rates. I am referring to the RBNZ, which as part of yesterday’s policy decision, not only doubled down on its QE purchases commitment, but it also opened the door to enact negative interest rates later this year.

Moving into G8 FX, readers of my daily report should still keep fresh in their minds the prudence I promoted in longs EUR/USD. In my book, by accounting for intermarket analysis and technicals, I could clearly perceive danger ahead around the 1.0870-80. Fast forward 24h, and the outcome has been a topside failure of the 4h expanded range amid a negative divergence in my prop USD index (inverted).

A market that looks poised to see further follow through continuation as the focus shifts to selling on rallies after technical cracks both in the 4h and the daily includes the GBP/USD. I did underscore in yesterday’s report that all the stars were in alignment to fade strength in this market and long and behold, this is exactly what has transpired. No reason at this point to be a brave contrarian in my book.

A market that at this point in time fails to provide clear signals is the USD/JPY. It keeps edging lower as risk suppression settles in, even if as we step out to the daily, bulls took control as of late. The bottom line is one must be patient and align momentum (lost) with structures (still there). One alone is a sub-optimal trend-trading environment.

When it comes to the AUD/USD, despite equities rolling over, it continues to trade stubbornly within a confined range. However, the logical direction if the sell-side pressure in the S&P 500 picks up is going to be a resumption of the macro bear trend sooner or later. That, however, remains to be seen as we don’t have the backing of technicals.

A bunch of markets that are offering decent opportunties to engage in ongign trend at this point through 4-hour charts include the USD/CAD, NZD/USD, GBP/JPY, BTC/USD to name a few. If you want to get into the granular details, today’s video presentation touches on these attractive markets aligning structure with momentum.

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Recent Economic Indicators & Events Ahead

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Important Footnotes


Markets evolve in cycles followed by a period of distribution and/or accumulation. To understand the principles applied in the assessment of market structures, refer to the tutorial How To Read Market Structures In Forex.


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It’s important to highlight that the daily market outlook provided in this report is subject to the impact of the fundamental news. Any unexpected news may cause the price to behave erratically in the short term. Monitor the event risks via Forexfactory.com & refer to Fundamentals vs Technicals In Forex.


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