Mikkel Rosenvold
5 weeks ago

Andreas Steno: Intensifying USD Strength and Potential FX Maneuvers in Asia

As the USD continues to dominate, key insights emerge on potential foreign exchange actions and tax season impacts.
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USD's Impact on Asian Currencies: This week, analyst Andreas Steno puts spotlight on the US Dollar as it trades around crucial levels against the Chinese Yuan (USDCNY) and Japanese Yen (USDJPY). Speculations arise about the People's Bank of China (PBoC) possibly preparing for a managed devaluation of the Yuan, reminiscent of its 2015 strategy to realign the spot market more closely with its fixing rate. Recent activities, including a notable fixing above 7.10 and significant natural resource stockpiling by China, hint that further actions could be imminent.

Financial Market Dynamics: A strong USD is exerting pressure across various fronts, intensifying rebalancing flows in foreign exchange markets. Notably, a major buy signal has been detected in EURSEK, suggesting larger movements and trades throughout the month rather than just at the end. This comes as USD liquidity is observed to contract significantly, with about $180 billion pulled back into the Treasury due to tax payments, slightly easing previous concerns of an exceptionally severe tax season.

Market Rebalancing and Economic Indicators: The seasonal tax inflows and recent repo market stability suggest a potential rebound in risk asset values once geopolitical and fiscal uncertainties subside. The ongoing geopolitical tensions, particularly between Iran and Israel, also need to settle to restore market confidence fully. Analyst Andreas Steno notes that despite the current high alert in USD versus Asian FX, the market might require a couple of weeks free of major geopolitical escalations to stabilize.

Conclusion: Investors and market watchers are advised to stay vigilant as the dynamics involving the USD and Asian currencies could lead to significant market shifts. The coming weeks are critical as the interplay of tax seasonality, geopolitical tensions, and monetary actions by major central banks will influence global financial markets' trajectory.

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