US Dollar Pushed Upwards Ahead Of The Fed’s Interest Rate Decision, Russia Not Showing Signs Of Slowing Down On The War (EUR/GBP), GBP/NZD

US Dollar Pushed Upwards Ahead Of The Fed’s Interest Rate Decision, Russia Not Showing Signs Of Slowing Down On The War (EUR/GBP), GBP/NZD

Summary:

  • Euro fell back to its lows from early September below parity with the US Dollar.
  • ECB hawkish tone.
  • Thursday may cause the GBP/NZD to drop to some of its lowest points since the months immediately following the Brexit referendum.

Euro weakens as Putin dashed hope for an end to the Russia/Ukraine conflict

The market is reflecting bearish signals for this currency pair. On Wednesday, the Euro fell back to its lows from early September below parity with the US Dollar as Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to dash any remaining hope for a quick resolution to the war in Ukraine. Markets anticipate additional rate increases even if there is optimism that, at least in the US, inflation may finally be under control. The Fed is projected to increase rates by a full percentage point. The war in Ukraine is continuing to drive up the cost of energy and raw materials on a continent that is still recovering economically from the Covid epidemic, so the European Union cannot resort to such solace.

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BoE interest rate decision due on Wednesday

The market is reflecting mixed signals for this currency pair. Although the European Central Bank has recently adopted a more hawkish tone, the Fed continues to have significantly more monetary firepower and flexibility to use it, according to the market. This opinion can only be strengthened by indications that the Ukrainian conflict will continue to rage. Great hopes: The markets are anticipating the Bank of England to raise interest rates twice in a row by 75 basis points, which might lead to a massive letdown for the British pound. As of right now, money markets are pricing in 200 basis point increases over the next three decisions, which means the Bank will need to raise rates by 75 basis points at two of those sessions. This is more than any other developed market central bank has requested.

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GBP/NZD currency pair

During the midweek session, the New Zealand Dollar extended a 15-month downtrend against the U.S. Dollar and appeared to be headed for March 2020 lows. However, it may have better chances against Sterling, which could experience significant losses in the wake of Thursday's Bank of England (BoE) policy decision. If the author is correct in believing the BoE will actually raise rates much farther than all forecasts anticipate on Thursday, sterling's historically unfavorable reaction to Bank Rate rises could be doubly relevant for GBP/NZD this week. If this obviously improbable prediction comes true, then the BoE's decision on Thursday may cause the GBP/NZD to drop to some of its lowest points since the months immediately following the Brexit referendum.

The decision on Thursday will be made just over a week after the Office for National Statistics reported a new increase in core inflation for August, and shortly after the Bank of England's Inflation Attitudes survey indicated that households' expectations for medium-term inflation remained at potentially alarming levels in July.

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Sources: finance.yahoo.com, dailyfx.com, poundsterlinglive.com

Rebecca Duthie

Rebecca Duthie

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Rebecca has a bachelors degree in Investment Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning and is currently enrolled in a Masters program in International Management with a Specialization in International Finance.