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Market Overreacted To Powell’s Comments

It happened as expected: The Federal Reserve raised rates by 75bp and the market misinterpreted this month’s hike as a pivot towards a dovish monetary policy stance and thus sent the U.S. dollar tumbling. This is a classic market overreaction towards a potential monetary policy shift when the current guidance is already priced in. Caution is however warranted as we could be still far from the peak.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that another big increase is possible and projected rates to be at 3.8 percent in 2023, a projection that is above market expectations. Yet investors interpreted Powell’s comments that rate hikes will slow. The key phrase was that the pace of tightening would slow at some point but that didn’t flag a pivot to lower rates or even a pause, according to Fed watchers.

However, both euro and cable overshot following Powell’s comments. The best performer was the pound sterling that broke above the descending trendline and headed towards 1.22.

We believe that gains in the GBP/USD could be limited to 1.2250 as the pair entered overbought territory.

There were no breakouts in the EUR/USD which remains in its current trading range between 1.03 and 1.01.

 

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Will The U.S. Dollar Retreat On A 75bp Rate Hike?

It’s the Federal Reserve’s decision day and traders brace for a 75bp rate increase. The market’s key question is whether the Fed is nearing a projected 3.4 percent rate peak around year-end before Fed policy makers can start easing again to tackle the risk of recession. We bear however in mind that the market is often ahead of itself which is why talking about easing monetary policy could be premature at this point.

Nonetheless, the growing risk of a recession may force Fed policy makers to deliver smaller rate increases towards the end of this year. A shift in the Fed’s forward guidance may produce headwinds for the U.S. dollar in the coming months. So, we may see the greenback struggling to hold onto its gains even when the Fed hikes as expected.

In other words, a 75bp rate hike may not be a bullish catalyst for the dollar if additional rate hikes this year are not signaled. And the chance of a 100bp rate hike is at only 13 percent.

Given the summer lull we do not expect market movements to be extraordinarily large.

 

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Is The Fed Rate Hike Cycle Nearing Its Peak?

Welcome to a new trading week and our last one before the summer holiday break.

Top even risk is Wednesday’s FOMC rate decision which where Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and his colleagues are expected to raise rates by another 75bp after raising rates by 75bp in June. Powell has said following the Fed’s last 75bp hike that it is an unusually large one, he does not expect rate hike moves of that size to be common. However, the market is now dealing with the debate of a 75bp or 100bp hike and the U.S. dollar’s reaction to it. According to economists, there is no appetite for a full-point increase at any time during this rate cycle.

From a seasonal perspective, the last week of July historically exhibits lower volatility and volume, which is why extraordinary large market moves might be missing.

Looking further ahead, a survey of 44 economists forecast the Fed will raise rates by another 25bp in early 2023, reaching a peak of 3.75 percent before pausing and starting to cut rates before the end of the year.

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BoE To Shock The Market With A Bigger Rate Hike?

What a trading day!

The Federal Reserve raised rates by 75bp, the biggest interest rate increase since 1994 and prices whipsawed. The EUR/USD tried to break its crucial support around 1.0350 with an all-time low sitting at 1.0340 but such historical bearish break seemed to be precipitously which is why prices consolidated around 1.0450, for now. The British pound rose on elevated rate hike expectations and provided some good profits for traders at the end of the trading day. The central bank’s aggressive tightening brings the economy closer to a recession and the effects will only be felt later on. In other words, we still have a long road ahead of us.

Today all eyes will turn to the Bank of England’s rate decision and to the British pound’s reaction to it. The BoE is expected to hike rates by (only) 25bp, compared to yesterday’s big Fed move. The risk for the GBP/USD is to the downside, since the BoE may have to take a more cautious approach to raising rates after data showed a surprise contraction in the U.K. economy in April. Most attention will be paid to the vote split of today’s decision for further insight into the BoE’s overall appetite for higher rates.

The BoE rate decision is due at 11:00 UTC.

A bigger-than-expected rate hike would be a shock and could send the pound above 1.2210 and further to a higher target of 1.23. Bears on the other side should pay attention to a slide below 1.2080 which could see another test of 1.20.

Our trading ideas for today 16/6/22:

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Is A Fed 100bp Rate Hike In The Cards?

It’s Federal Reserve decision day and anything from a 50bp to a 100bp in the federal funds rate is forecast. The Fed is facing the highest U.S. inflation in four decades which is why some market participants suggest that a full-percentage hike is on the table to show the Fed’s commitment in the inflation fight. However, chances of such a big move are only at 10 percent. The baseline scenario is a 50bp increase at today’s meeting.

The FOMC committee will release a statement and updated economic estimates at 18:00 UTC and Fed Chair Jerome Powell will hold a press conference 30 minutes later.

How will the U.S. dollar react?

In case of a well-priced-in 50bp rate hike, the dollar could even fall on disappointment. In case of a 75bp rate hike, the dollar will further strengthen. And in case of a 100bp hike, it will be a very bullish scenario for the greenback but chances of such a hike are small.

Furthermore, the focus will be on the Fed’s dot-plot, growth, inflation and jobs forecasts. Particular attention will also be paid to Powell’s press conference.

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Bleak Economic Outlook

Welcome to a new trading and central bank rate-hike week.

After an unexpectedly higher U.S. inflation reading last Friday, chances for a 75bp Federal Reserve rate hike at the upcoming FOMC meetings are rising.

The Fed is expected to raise rates by 50bp on Wednesday but the main focus will be on the quarterly summary of economic projection which includes the dot-plot rate projections. Fed policy makers may pencil in a steeper path of interest rate hikes this year in the light of recent inflation developments. While a 50bp rate hike this month is all but certain, traders speculate on an even bigger rate hike of 75bp, and if not in June, then maybe in July. Apart of the hawkish guidance, the focus is shifting to the broader impact of the central bank’s policies on the economy. Aggressive rate hikes are having little effect on rising price pressures while the economy is cooling. Economists at Bloomberg put the chances of a recession at three in four next year saying “a downturn in 2022 is unlikely, but recession in 2023 will be tough to avoid”.

Last but not least, the Bank of England is widely expected to raise its interest rate on Thursday from 1 percent to 1.25 percent. Some market participants even price in some probability of a 50bp hike but this seems to be the much more unlikely scenario. Overall, the pound is anticipated to fall even further since the U.K. economy looks set to struggle.

GBP/USD – Bearish breakout

Sterling broke below 1.24 and the yearly low at 1.2155 isn’t all that far away now. Bears will now focus on price breaks below 1.2240 and 1.22. If the yearly low is cleared, there might be nothing in the way of a fall towards 1.20. The former support at 1.24 could now serve as a resistance.

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U.S. Dollar Retreats As Fed Goes Predictable Route

The U.S. dollar retreated following the Federal Reserves’ statement as the central bank went the predictable route. Policy makers have finally realized they have a serious inflation problem and need to act. While they are willing to hike rates faster and higher than previously expected, Fed Chair Jerome Powell played down the risk of recession for the U.S. economy. However, the 25bps rate hike and the projection of six more increases this year were already priced in, which is why the greenback retreated.

While waiting for bigger moves, we have tried two buy attempts in the EUR/USD that finally ended with a net loss of -10 pips as gains were capped at 1.1040.

GBP/USD – All eyes on the Bank of England rate decision today at 12:00 UTC

The BoE is expected to hike 25bps today, the third rate increase in row.

Technically, we will pay attention to a significant break above 1.3210 in order to anticipate further gains towards 1.3350. Bears on the other side will watch out for prices below 1.3080 in order to shift their focus to lower targets at 1.2950 and 1.29.

Our short-term trading idea for 17/3/22

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Long @ 1.3210

Short @ 1.3140*

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Inflation Is The Biggest Risk

The war in Ukraine enters its third week and the outlook for financial markets is seriously uncertain. Global geopolitical risk, a slowdown in growth, high inflation and central banks that will be forced to tighten add to concerns about the global economic recovery.

The biggest risk is inflation. The Federal Reserve is expected to lift interest rates by 25bps on Wednesday. The focus will however be on the Fed’s official forecast and the outlook beyond the six quarter-point rate hikes this year that are already priced in. The questions will rather be: How high could rates ultimately go and how quickly will officials move to get there. The Fed’s dot plot of rate projections will thus play a key role.

Apart from the Fed, the Bank of England is also widely expected to hike 25bps for a third straight meeting on Thursday.

What do we expect technically in both EUR/USD and GBP/USD pairs?

In the run-up to Wednesday’s FOMC decision we anticipate further USD strength with lower targets seen at 1.0730-1.07 in the EUR/USD and 1.2970-1.2950 in the GBP/USD.

GBP/USD: If 1.2950 holds, the cable may recover some losses towards 1.32 on a hawkish BoE.

EUR/USD: If the euro is unable to break above 1.1050, chances remain in favor of the bears with next lower targets seen at 1.07 and 1.0640.

 

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Will The Fed Shock The Market With An Inter-Meeting Rate Hike?

The U.S. dollar benefited from safe-haven flows amid risk-off sentiment. Cash flows into the dollar do not only stem from escalating geopolitical tensions at the border of Russia and Ukraine but also from rate hike speculation. Traders are increasingly convinced about the possibility of a Federal Reserve 50-bps rate hike next month. There was speculation about a rare inter-meeting Fed move before the Fed’s March 15-16 meeting but this move is very unlikely. With only the January data at hand showing broadening price pressures and amid lingering geopolitical unrest the Fed will favor to wait and taking in further data before making such aggressive move.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who favors three hikes by July, said the Fed isn’t “in that mode” of emergency rate hikes, noting that there is little need to surprise markets now given the tightening they are pricing in already.

Nevertheless, traders should be aware of a potential escalation around the Ukraine border that can sent the markets into a tailspin.

EUR/USD – Poised for a slide towards 1.1250?

After the resistance around 1.1490 proved its hold, the euro seems to be primed for a move south toward the support area between 1.1270 and 1.12. We will maintain a neutral stance as along as the euro remains between 1.1450 and 1.12 but in case of a renewed break below 1.1180, our next target will be at 1.11.

GBP/USD: The cable was recently captured between 1.3650 and 1.35. Bulls will now wait for a break above 1.3670 while bears will wait for a slide below 1.3490 in order to sell sterling toward 1.34.

 

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Hawkish Fed Boosts U.S. Dollar

And at the end of the Federal Reserve story, traders that had hoped for a short squeeze in some USD-crosses left disappointed. Thus, we had to be satisfied with some small gains when trading the dollar’s rise.

Overall, yesterday’s FOMC decision was viewed as hawkish. As a result, bond yields moved higher and the U.S. dollar appreciated. Fed chair Jerome Powell said the central bank was ready to raise interest rates in March (which was expected) but the most hawkish take-away is that Fed policy makers didn’t rule out moving at every meeting to tackle the highest inflation in a generation.  In other words, the central bank is willing to hike faster given high inflation than ease in the face of downside surprises.

The greenback advanced. Let’s briefly look at the next targets in both EUR/USD and GBP/USD.

EUR/USD: Next bearish target is the 1.12-handle. If the pair breaks below 1.1180, we will turn our focus to a next medium-term target at 1.10. As long as the resistance at 1.14 remains intact, the outlook is bearish.

GBP/USD: Support area between 1.34-1.3370 is still intact. Bears will wait for a break below 1.3350 in order to sell sterling towards 1.32. A current resistance-area is however seen between 1.3670-1.37.

 

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