September 12 2019

Sept. 12, 2019 (Western Union Business Solutions)  – The euro dropped then quickly popped after the European Central Bank delivered a strong dose of stimulus to try to revive the bloc’s morbid economy. The euro’s loss was the greenback’s gain as it rose against a basket of rivals. The yen edged up from six-week lows as the ECB’s action pushed down Treasury yields. Sterling and the Canadian dollar were little changed. The ECB deployed a dovish arsenal of measures to revive growth and inflation as it cut a key interest rate to historic lows, restarted QE bond buying and vowed to keep policy at present or lower levels essentially until the cows come home. The ECB cut the deposit rate to fresh all-time lows of -0.5% from -0.4%, and vowed not to increase it until inflation, now at 1%, ‘robustly’ converges toward its near 2% goal. By beefing up policy with an open-ended commitment, the ECB excited euro bears who dumped the single currency.

ECB

The ECB cut a key rate further below zero, while it revived its QE bond buying program and reinforced its forward guidance to indicate that higher rates were off the table until stubbornly low inflation rises ‘robustly’ toward its goal of just below 2%. QE is set to resume at €20 billion a month starting in November and continue indefinitely. The open-ended nature of stimulus was read as decidedly dovish and negative for the euro.

JPY

The yen hit new six-week lows overnight only to stabilize after the ECB delivered a solid jolt of stimulus that put downward pressure on Treasury yields, a key driver of USDJPY. The yen has fallen out of favor amid de-escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

GBP

Sterling kept to a range as the Brexit drama eased a bit with Parliament on a five-week break until mid-October. Nevertheless, the Brexit situation remains fluid after a court this week ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was ‘unlawful.’ The legal battle over Brexit looks set to play out over the coming days and weeks. Sterling continues to hold above multiyear lows as the latest developments suggested a somewhat reduced risk of a disorderly Brexit next month.

AUD

A softening in the U.S.-China trade war allowed the Aussie dollar to climb to six-week peaks. The neighboring kiwi dollar neared a one-month high. In a gesture of goodwill, President Trump delayed by a couple weeks to mid-October the implementation of higher tariffs on China. Australia and New Zealand have a heightened sensitivity to all things China, the destination for a significant portion of their resource exports.

CAD

Canada’s dollar slumped to lows for the week, weighed down by weaker oil markets. The price of oil slipped below $55, the lowest in more than a week. Consequently, USDCAD recovered from six-week lows hit earlier this week. Broad based strength in the greenback has also left the Canadian currency a bit vulnerable. A dovish ECB policy decision today, coupled with signs of a resilient U.S. economy, buoyed the greenback.

 

 


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