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The Fortitude Of Asian/Oceanic FX Stands Out

The US Dollar had a bad day as the FOMC-induced gains were erased to the point that the word's reserve currency ends the day as the worst performer across the FX board even if the net daily gains/losses for in most currencies were all compressed in a paltry +/- 0.2% range.

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Scan Of The Markets

To see an expanded version, right-click and select ‘open link in new tab‘. The indices show the performance of a currency vs a G8 FX basket. 

The USD had a bad day as the FOMC-induced gains were erased to the point that the currency ends the day as the worst performer across the FX board even if the net daily gains/losses for in most currencies were all compressed in a paltry +/- 0.2% range.

That’s how tight these markets have turned out to be in recent weeks with ranges still predominant in the vast majority of pairs. Even the British Pound, one of the only exceptions displaying volatility above the depressed levels elsewhere also ended up with little net changes for the day after being jigsawed in both directions.

We had two main catalysts in the unfolding of vol in the Pound. Firstly, it plummeted on news that the BOE is mulling to go down the route of negative interest rates at some point in the near future. Secondly, what sent the Pound back up, were comments from Ursula Von Der Leyen (The President of the European Commission), who stated that she remains “convinced” that a EU-UK trade deal is still possible.

We also learned in the early hours of the Asian session that the Australian jobs report for August came spectacularly hot at +111k vs -35k expected with the unemployment rate at 6.8% vs. 7.7%. Even the full time/part-time employment split was a solid one. In New Zealand, the Q2 GDP reading wasn’t as bad as feared, while in Japan the BOJ monetary policy meeting came with no surprises.

Technically speaking, these markets remain in a topsy-turvy state with no clear directional biases in the higher timeframes. This is true in pairs where European and North American currencies are involved. There are some exceptions such as the out-performance of the Asian FX complex (AUD, NZD, JPY). It is especially head-scratching to see the Oceanic currencies doing so well after the falls in equities as of late, which speaks volumes of the underlying strength in these two.

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