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FX Update

Dollar has longest losing streak in a month; optimism on US-China trade talks continue

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Haven currencies continue to suffer as the markets maintain risk-on sentiment. Yesterday, the Bank of Canada announced that the central bank will keep interest rates on hold. Today, Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Timothy Lane reiterated the optimism for the country’s economy. Sterling continues to perform as investors believe that the Conservative Party will win next week’s election in the UK.
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  • FX Rates
    December 5, 2019

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  • USD

    Optimism for trade deal between US and China has pushed the US dollar lower. The currency is experiencing its longest losing streak in a month.

    Speculation that the Conservative Party will win next week’s election in the UK has supported the sterling. GBP/USD hit a fresh cycle high of 1.3148, the highest since May. The currency pair is having its longest winning streak since June.
    EUR/USD hit levels above 1.11 and is currently trading slightly below that figure. The currency pair pulled back after data out of Germany showed that factory orders unexpectedly fell, suggesting that the eurozone’s largest economy is still struggling to fend off recession.
    USD/CAD broke through its lowest levels in a month trading to the 1.3165 level. Bank of Canada Deputy Governor Timothy Lane stated that the central bank is optimistic on the prospects for the economy supporting the loonie after yesterday’s meeting where the decision to keep interest rates on hold was released.

    Report showing that the Japanese government is planning a stimulus package of 25 trillion yen pushed USD/JPY lower to 108.78. The currency pair has since reversed losses as general risk-on sentiment for the markets continues on optimism for trade talks between US and China.
    NZD/USD hit four-month highs before reversing gains as traders trim bets for an interest rate cut after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand allowed local lenders more time to meet capital requirements. The RBNZ stated that the central bank will keep their monetary policy in a “hold phase.”

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About the Author

Cate Camerota is currently an FX Advisor at Silicon Valley Bank focusing on early stage and growth Technology names in New England and Eastern Canada. Prior to SVB, Cate worked in FX Sales/Trading at Wells Fargo and Citizens Bank where she supported a portfolio of Middle Market and Mid-Corp clients throughout the Northeast. Cate helped clients identify FX risk and implement strategic hedging programs.

Outside of work, Cate is involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Boston Friends Council, Ladies FORE Finance (women's golf league) and My Life My Choice.

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