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FX Blog- GVI Forex Month Ahead Forex Forecasts for March 18, 2009
Forex Forecast of Major Currency Pairs
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March 18, 2009
Bank bailout plan developing slowly.
Fed has been aggressive in attacking U.S. problems. Administration has been ineffective.
U.S. economy weak. Lead time between stimulus and response slow, but some recovery evident.
USD still closely tied to stocks. Risk aversion play has eased. USD more vulnerable?
Japan hit hard by sluggish demand foe exports. Economy has fallen off a cliff?
Bank of Japan to force funds into economy Quantitative Easing (QE). Fear of return to old deflationary price pattern.
Bank of Japan ZIRP (Zero Interest Rate Program) with overnight rate target +0.10%.
Nikkei correlates closely to USD/JPY.
Fiscal year end repatriation (March 31) could favor JPY. Tokyo wants JPY weaker.
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ECB behind the curve. Also internal ECB dissention. ECB has lost a stellar reputation.
Growing concerns about East Europe. E-Z bond issuance?
Lack of a common E-Z fiscal policy a problem.
April -50bp rate cut to 1.00% widely expected.
PIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain) economic weakness worry with no weak fx option.
´┐Ż wants to rally but markets are skeptical.
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U.K. economy weak. Financial sector hit hard.
Bank of England aggressively easing. Quantitative Easing (QE) policy in place.
GBP vulnerable vs. the EUR. CHF-
Swiss economy slowing. Inflation below target.
Swiss National Bank for all practical purposes has cut rates to zero.
SNB follows through on intervention threat (selling CHF vs. EUR).
CHF should trade weaker vs. the EUR.
Commodity Currencies CAD-
Misnomer to call CAD a commodity currency, but heavily influenced by energy.
Canadian manufacturing and energy economy tied to the U.S. and slowing.
Bank of Canada policy easy. Quantitative Easing decision in motion. Inflation within BOC target range.
CAD trading mostly inversely with USD. Range trading
Australia and New Zealand dependent on commodity demand. Demand is down, so both suffer.
Both banks have already eased aggressively; additional stimulus in the pipeline.
Key inflation measures contained.
Even more than CAD, expect AUD and NZD to trade inversely with the USD.
John M. Bland is an author and co-founder of Global-View.com. Prior that, he was a senior dealer in a subsidiary of the Continental Grain Company in NYC. Previously, he was a member of the Chemical Bank corporate advisory service in NYC. He also worked in international liability management. John holds an MBA from the Hass School at the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor´┐Żs degree in International Economics from Berkeley.
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