Hitting the Brakes on Growth Today. Watching USD, Aussie, NZD, Yen

11/08/2018 10:36 am EST

Focus: FOREX

Robert Savage

Partner & CEO, CCTrack Solutions

We all know the euphoria of speed, racing fast with no fear, dashed with the throttle back as the joy-killer, the brake back to reality, forced by some mechanical limits rather than the speed limit, writes Bob Savage. He’s presenting at Crypto Intelligence TradersExpo.

The balancing act of rates against equities is back in play today, as the gridlock joy of the election fails to sustain with debt markets everywhere waiting for the FOMC decision.

While few expect anything today, most see a December hike and the meeting statement remains important as to guiding views for 2-3 hikes for 2019.

The throttle back of growth in the U.S. follows with less government spending, higher rates and ongoing fears about trade wars with China lingering. The midterm certainty isn’t sufficient.

There was a significant amount of overnight news to digest and that adds to the view that the bounce back in risk is more a correction than a new trend.

RBNZ rate cut hopes are dwindling after decision and statement – keeps New Zealand dollar (NZD) bid
Australia’s Payne and China’s Wang meeting make clear U.S./China relations still key for Australian dollar (AUD).
China trade surplus shows big imports ahead of tariffs – and less metals and oil
Japan Ecowatchers index bounces with government spending on natural disasters but Reuters Tankan weaker, core machinery orders lower and BOJ summary of opinions adds to BOJ policy tweaking fears for 2019. Leaves Japanese yen (JPY) watching 114 expiries but no momentum.
German trade surplus shows less exports and more doubts about overseas demand
ECB Bulletin keeps expansion talk and QE end path despite seeing higher uncertainty and lower growth.
Italy hit with EU commission growth outlook cuts – BTPs suffer on budget doubts that follow

While each one of these points is hardly enough to turn markets, the total effect mixed with U.S. natural doubts about the election meaning make the reversal of mood more like a throttle back – as the speed of change and news needs to moderate, like that of the USD selling from yesterday, today’s buying throttles the downtrend talkers – and with it hope for a simple, low-volatility leap higher in risk.

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