Last week several important economic updates influenced the Forex market. US preliminary GDP fell less than expected (0.6% actual vs. 0.7% forecast). Below you will find the key events to trade on during the week from August 29 to September 2.
Australia, Canada, and EU Attempt to Steal the Fed Monetary Policy
Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s comments on the Jackson Hole Symposium resulted in the worst weekly candle in US500 since June. Most risky assets experienced severe drawdowns, and EURUSD returned to the above-parity area. However, a positive CB Consumer Confidence release (103.2 actual vs. 97.6 expected) dumped the pair by 450 points because it indirectly shows rising prices.
Eurostat released its CPI Flash Estimate data. It shows that prices rose by 9.1% annually due to the energy crisis. For example, the cost of gas in Europe exceeded $3600 per metric ton, almost touching the all-time high for the commodity. The week’s most significant release is Non-Farm Payrolls, which turned out to be higher than expected (315K actual vs. 295K forecast). As a result, gold soared by 900 points.
Below are the key events to trade on from September 5 to 9.
Australian Cash Rate
September 6, 07:30 GMT+3
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will release its Cash Rate change on Tuesday, September 6, 07:30 GMT+3. This is the rate charged on overnight loans between banks and other financial institutions.
Australia has a chance of entering stagflation (price growth and economic slowdown). As inflation continues to be the key economic risk, consumption growth is also slowing down. The RBA wants to apply moderate rate changes to take inflation under control. We expect the bank to hike the rate by 50 basis points in September.
Last time, the bank made a 50-basis-point hike, coinciding with the expectations. Traders consider it insufficiently hawkish action; AUDUSD lost 1310 points that day.
- If the actual hike is higher than expected, AUD will rise.
- Otherwise, AUD will fall.
Instruments to trade: AUDUSD, AUDJPY, EURAUD.
Canadian Cash Rate
September 7, 17:00 GMT+3.
The Bank of Canada (BOC) will release its Overnight Rate change on Wednesday, September 7, 17:00 GMT+3. It tells at which rate major financial institutions borrow and lend funds.
Short-term interest rates are the paramount factor in currency valuation; traders look at other indicators to predict how rates will change. The rate decision comes with the BOC rate statement, which focuses on the future. Usually, volatility spikes follow the event. Inflation growth in the US is slowing down. Thus, the chances of a 75-basis-point hike are lowering, and the event should be noteworthy.
Last time, the BOC surprised markets with a 100-basis-point move the bank described as “front-loading.” The CADJPY pair soared 1540 points on the release day.
- If the actual hike is higher than expected, CAD will rise.
- Otherwise, CAD will fall.
Instruments to trade: CADJPY, USDCAD, EURCAD.
EU Cash Rate
September 8, 15:15 GMT+3.
The European Central Bank (ECB) will release its Main Refinancing Rate change on Thursday, September 8, 15:15 GMT+3. This rate is a primary measure of the union’s monetary policy that shows how the EU deals with the current economic and geopolitical challenges.
The ECB has little choice but to continue tightening even if Europe’s economy tips into recession. The last is getting more and more likely. Bank’s policymakers lean toward a 75-basis-point hike in September, the biggest since 2006. Markets are pricing the possible rate hike by keeping the EURUSD pair near parity (1.0000). Later, the ECB will release a future-oriented monetary policy statement that will add fuel to the fire.
The last rate hike was bigger-than-expected and created a series of spikes in the EURUSD pair, boosting it by 800 points. However, later the pair plunged by 1100 points.
- If the actual hike is higher than expected, EUR will rise.
- Otherwise, EUR will fall.
Instruments to trade: EURUSD, EURJPY, EURCAD.
The United States will publish the Inflation Rate and Core Inflation Rate, also known as US CPI and Core CPI, on August 10 at 15:30 GMT+3.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will release monthly average hourly earnings, non-farm employment change (NFP), and unemployment rate on August 5, 15:30 GMT+3.
As Europe moves into recession, next week may provide us with some amazing trading opportunities. Here they are!
Main news that will drive the market in the upcoming week include CB Consumer Confidence Index, Canadian GDP, and US Core PCE Price Index
The Federal Reserve (Fed) will announce its Interest Rate Decision and make a statement about the future monetary policy on Wednesday, September 21, GMT+3. After the higher-than-expected inflation numbers published on September 13, there’s almost no doubt the Federal Reserve will come up with another 75-basis-point rate hike. However, surprised by the CPI numbers, several Fed members announced the possibility of a 100-basis-point rate hike on Wednesday.