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FOMC Keeps Status Quo, USD Weakens

On the back of the FOMC, and as the dust settles in financial markets, the Japanese Yen and the Swiss Franc continue to outperform for a second day in a row amid the lingering bearish outlook for the USD.

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On the back of the FOMC, and as the dust settles in financial markets, the Japanese Yen and the Swiss Franc continue to outperform for a third day in a row amid the lingering bearish outlook for the US Dollar as Powell sticks to the status quo in policies.

The FOMC outcome, despite the admission that it will maintain the same direction in terms of QE and rates for the foreseeable future, failed to inspire further buy-side momentum in the equity space. Coincidentally or not, this happens as the S&P 500 continues its struggles to take out the 3,225.00 resistance level.

Fed’s Chairman Powell admitted, with no much beating about the bush and with a rather succinct language that leaves little doubt, that the Fed will continue to be the force stabilizing markets and the buyer of first resort in the US. Powell reiterated the Fed’s commitment to ultra-loose monetary policies through 2020 and 2021 for now.

Powell said that inflation is expected to remain below 2 percent through to 2022 and that the humongous QE quantities committed will remain in place “at least at the current pace” for the time being. On the economy, Powell’s view was quite shady.

The meandering of the commodity-linked currencies complex at such elevated levels without making further strides can be understood through the effect of a deterioration in the equity valuation and the stage of maturity of a rally that has gone too far too soon?

The technical reality as I see it is characterized by a USD still struggling to get out of 2nd gear at depressed levels. Besides, the suite of factors I monitor (structure, momentum, levels) still show that further losses may be ahead, especially against the Euro.

Should risk-off accelerate, the JPY and CHF are set to maintain an advantageous stance against the USD after technicals turned decisively bearish. For the Aussie, Kiwi and the Loonie to regain the upper hand vs the USD, a re-invigoration of equities is a must.

It’s going to be an interesting 24h ahead as the market digests the FOMC decision and the real-money and leveraged type accounts re-formulate their outlook towards the USD. By looking at the behavior of gold, equities, the Swissy and the Yen, it really feels the USD should be way higher, but it isn’t, so I will be keen to watch this annomaly.

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