Risk-on sentiment hits dollar and other safe haven currencies on stimulus and UK/EU trade hopes

The dollar is weaker today against most currencies as financial markets embrace risk due to positive sentiment regarding an agreement for additional stimulus out of Washington DC. The UK and the European Union continue to discuss trade despite Boris Johnson suggesting negotiators stay home. China’s Q3 GDP was a positive 4.9% providing one of the few bright spots in the global economy and causing the renminbi to gain.

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    October 19, 2020

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  • USD

    The dollar is losing ground this morning as are other safe havens on hope of more stimulus. Speculators, however, have cut bearish dollar positions over the past couple weeks as they prepare for election related volatility.

    GBP

    The pound is stronger as the UK considers re-writing a controversial Internal Markets Bill proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The bill is considered illegal by the European Union as it violated prior Brexit agreements. Should the controversial parts of the Internal Markets Bill be removed, the UK and EU stand a better chance of reaching a new trade agreement before the December 31 deadline.

    EUR

    The euro rose significantly despite a number of Euroland countries announcing new restrictions due to a spike in Covid cases. Hopes around a possible UK/EU trade deal helped the common currency as did overall risk-on sentiment.

    CAD

    The Canadian dollar is marginally stronger vs. the greenback as oil price weakens. A weekly consumer confidence reading in Canada slipped reflecting concern over the necessity of additional Covid-related restrictions.

    ASIA/PACIFIC

    The Chinese renminbi has rallied 7% since June vs. the US dollar and is now trading at the strongest levels since March 2019. Chinese third quarter GDP came in at 4.9% which was worse than expected but showed China as one of the few countries with economic growth.

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