Today traders await the European Central Bank to make a policy statement at 14:45 MT (GMT+3).
All attention to AUD: cash rate and RBA statement
The Reserve Bank of Australia will make a statement and release the cash rate on Tuesday, June 2, at 8:30 MT time.
Instruments to trade: AUD/USD, AUD/CAD, AUD/CHF, AUD/JPY, AUD/NZD
A cash rate is the interest rate that a central bank such as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) charges commercial banks for overnight loans. When the coronavirus pandemic broke out, the RBA cut the cash rate to its record low of 0.25%. Analysts expect that it won’t change for a long time. Firstly, negative rates won’t help because other countries tried it and it didn’t work well. So any government support can come only from quantitative easing. Secondly, the cash rate won’t go up either as the RBA promised not to raise the cash rate until it sees some progress towards full employment and inflation within the 2-3%. Why do traders care? They wait for RBA Rate Statement as it’s the way the central bank communicates with investors about the monetary policy. The Australian dollar is quite sensitive to the sentiment, that’s why it will be vulnerable to the tone of the central bank’s prognosis.
If the RBA keeps the rate unchanged and gives some dark forecasts, AUD may go down under pressure.
Otherwise, if the RBA is optimistic about future recovery, AUD can go up.
Australian monthly retail sales will be announced at 04:30 MT time (GMT+3) on Wednesday, July 21. T
Australia will release employment change and an unemployment rate on July 15, at 04:30 MT time.
The overall market sentiment is risk-on. The S&P 500 index (US 500) is getting close to the all-time high. Oil is recovering quickly from its recent losses.
What will happen? The FOMC statement will be published at 21:00 MT (GMT+3) on Wednesday, July 28…
PMI reports from the EU, the UK, and the USA will be released during the day!