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Currencies in the Asia-Pacific region fell against the US dollar on Thursday morning after the Federal Reserve signaled that it would raise interest rates again this year and would begin shrinking its balance sheet in October. The Fed funds rate was left unchanged at its current range of 1–1.25%.
Although the majority of economists had expected this would be the Fed’s position, for some, doubt had crept in following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. View article >
The New Zealand dollar jumped by three-quarters of a percent against many of the majors on Wednesday evening after the latest election poll showed a clear swing in public opinion back towards the incumbent National Party. New Zealand’s general election will take place in three days’ time, on Saturday September 23rd.
NZD/USD is now seen at a six-week high close to 0.7315 and NZD/AUD at a four-week high of 0.918. View article >
New forecasts from Dutch bank ABN Amro see continued weakness in the US dollar heading into and throughout 2018.
“We have a strong conviction that the US dollar has entered a multi-year downtrend,” said ABN’s Georgette Boele.
The dollar will be hardest hit against “growth sensitive and commodity currencies,” according to the bank, which include the Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar, Canadian dollar, Norwegian krone and Swedish krona. View article >
The British pound rose on Friday to its highest level against the dollar since the UK’s historic ‘Brexit’ vote in June of last year.
By lunchtime in London, the pound was buying $1.3616, capping a brilliant fortnight in which it has risen from rates close to $1.29. On minor profit taking, the currency settled back at $1.3583, for a weekly gain of 3.1%. View article >
Investors were rattled on Friday morning following the news that North Korea had launched another missile over northern Japan. After traversing the island of Hokkaido, the missile is said to have travelled a further 1200 miles before landing in the Pacific Ocean.
The North Korean regime preceded its test with statements that it would “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness.” The comments were made in response to new UN sanctions which restrict oil imports and textile exports in the hope of starving the regime of fuel and income. View article >
The Singapore dollar has begun the week cautiously.
Against the US dollar, having risen on Friday to a one-year high of 0.7493, the currency of Asia’s ‘Lion City’ conceded some ground on Monday and Tuesday, with SGD/USD falling back below 0.745. A retreat in the pair was likely given last week’s approach to major technical resistance at 0.75 and Hurricane Irma’s last-minute detour which thankfully spared the US from a worst-case impact. View article >
The trading week ended as it began, with investors selling the dollar and seeking the safety of the yen and Swiss franc.
This time, rather than North Korea, investors have been unnerved by Hurricane Irma – a potentially deadly storm, likely to reach Florida on Saturday evening, that is expected to cause significant economic damage.
Irma’s current maximum wind speed, as measured by an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft, is 155mph (240kph) according to Weather.com – more than enough to break trees in half and tear roofs from buildings. View article >
To the surprise of many, the Bank of Canada raised interest rates on Wednesday to 1.0%, from 0.75%, which sent currencies in the Asia-Pacific region tumbling against the Canadian dollar.
The Bank of Canada had been expected to raise the cost of borrowing again this year, following a quarter-point hike in July, but most analysts had been predicting a move in October. View article >
The Japanese yen gapped higher on Monday morning following the test of a hydrogen bomb this weekend by North Korea. The bomb was described on North Korean state media as being one of “unprecedentedly big power.”
With current sanctions against Pyongyang seemingly insufficient, in response to the latest provocation, US President Donald Trump said that Washington was considering cutting “all trade” with “any country” doing business with North Korea. View article >
A better than expected Chinese manufacturing PMI failed to lift the yuan or Australian dollar on Thursday morning against a US dollar determined to end the month in the green.
The Chinese PMI for the manufacturing sector came in at 51.7 for August, slightly ahead of the market forecast of 51.3 and July’s reading of 51.4. The less important service sector PMI disappointed slightly with its print of 53.5, versus an expectation of 54.5. View article >