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FX Update

Markets' uncertain views on trade war solution keep safe-haven assets well bid


The financial markets continue to look for direction from the on-going trade talks between the US and China. Safe haven assets such as the Japanese yen and US dollar remain popular as weekend trade talks provided little assurances. The British pound continues to rally as expectations of a Conservative party win in upcoming elections diminishes chances of a hard-Brexit.

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    November 18, 2019

    Rates are not real time. Rates are today's indicative mid-market rates as of time of publishing, which may vary. Please contact SVB for a current quote.

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    The US dollar crept higher as skittish markets await confirmation of a Phase-1 trade deal between the US and China. China’s Liu spoke with Steven Mnuchin and Robert Lighthizer over telephone on Saturday. The Chinese Commerce Ministry said the two sides had “constructive discussions” regarding Phase-1 of the trade deal and agreed to remain in regular contact.

    The British pound continues its march higher as markets expect to avoid a hard-Brexit. Boris Johnson’s speech before the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) put a hold on a scheduled corporate tax cut from 19% to 17%.  Johnson has said that every Conservative candidate has signed a pledge to support his Brexit deal if elected.
    The Labour Party manifesto is expected to include a plan to force companies to give 10% of their shares to workers over a period of 10 years according to newspaper reports.

    The euro rallied for a third day vs. the US dollar as it tried to regain 1.11. The euro lost ground to the British pound on polling results showing the Conservative party winning the December 12 election.


    The Canadian dollar gave up small gains this morning on trade talk concerns and weaker oil prices. The C-dollar seems to have broken its overall weakening trend and is now moving to establish a stronger trading rate between 1.30-1.33.


    China’s yuan slipped after the PBOC lowered its charges on seven-day repo agreements from 2.55% to 2.50%. Chinese authorities control several rates with maturities from 7-days to one-year. China cut its one-year rate on November 5 and the 7-day repo rate over the weekend.
    Japan’s yen rebounded after news that China has reservations about current Phase-1 trade deal.

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About the Author

Peter Compton is a senior foreign exchange advisor for Silicon Valley Bank’s global financial services group, and has been with SVB since 2007. He helps clients design and implement hedging strategies for foreign currency exposures. Compton has over 20 years experience in global financial markets.

Before joining Silicon Valley Bank, Compton spent seven years working in the European equity markets. Based in Germany, he spent four years with HSBC and three years as Head of Equity Sales for ABN-AMRO in Frankfurt. Prior to his work overseas, Compton spent seven years with Bank of America in San Francisco as an equity and fixed income derivative specialist.

Compton holds a bachelor's degree in business and management from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's of Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
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