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FX Update

US-China trade optimism holds, causing haven currencies to fall


Dollar weakens along with other haven currencies as optimism holds for US-China trade talks. Commodity currencies were supported by the rise in crude oil which is almost 1% higher. Today at 2pm EST, the FOMC will release minutes from its last policy meeting.  

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  • FX Rates
    October 9, 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.

  • USD

    The greenback is lower today as markets maintain risk-on sentiment following optimism that talks between the US and China could result in agreement to a  partial trade deal. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell spoke yesterday and stated that although the Fed will not resume quantitative easing, they will resume Treasury purchases. The US dollar index is down slightly -0.1%.


    Sterling rose higher following a Times article stating that the EU could make a major concession over the Irish backstop - one of the largest obstacles to a Brexit deal. GBP/USD is up 0.3%.


    European Central Bank Vice President Luis de Guindos made a statement that September’s easing package would be unmodified for some time. EUR/USD remains largely range bound and unchanged staying beneath the 1.10 level.


    The Canadian dollar advanced against the US dollar this morning as oil strengthened and US-China trade optimism attributed to a boost in market risk appetite. WTI crude higher by almost 1%.


    The Japanese yen extends losses after a report that China is still open to a partial trade agreement with the US. An official with direct knowledge stated that China would accept the deal if there are no more tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump.

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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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