FX Update

China, South Korea, and Indonesia are taking steps to help support their currencies as trade war tensions rise

Yesterday, the markets were in a more risk-off view. The dollar strengthened this morning as New York markets opened. Brexit remains in the news as there is a lack of support for it in the present form.

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    May 23, 2019

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    Yesterday, the Fed minutes from the last meeting were released. They continue to err on the side of caution with a "steady-as-we-go" philosophy. The recent slip in inflation was seen as transitory, and there was no mention of a future interest rate cut.


    The pound remains under pressure as Theresa May suffered another problem: UK House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom resigned, saying she is not able to support the PM’s handling of Brexit. The Prime Minister is trying to avoid resigning due to the lack of support from her own party.


    The euro declined for a third day, eyeing new YTD lows, after data showed growth in the region remain subdued. PMI came in at 47.7, vs. the expectations for 48.1. However, losses were contained as demand vs. the pound offered support. 


    Despite favorable economic data, the loonie is set for a second day of losses. It is falling against all other G10 counterparts as oil continues to sink due to trade tensions between US and China, which is softening demand.


    Amid escalating US-China trade tensions, the Japanese yen continues to strengthen for a second day, encouraging Japanese investors to shop for bonds abroad.
    FX strategists see a low likelihood of USD/CNH breaching 7.00, as authorities have signaled to markets that this remains as a strong line of defense for now.  According to StanChart, authorities are seeking stability of the yuan vs. strength against the dollar.

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