Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
Did Trump impeachment affect the currency market?
Good Thursday, world! We’ve got plenty of news and important releases since yesterday. Did they have a major impact on the market, though? Let’s see.
Tough time for the US presidency?
During yesterday’s American trading session, the US House of Representatives voted to impeach US President Donald Trump. Trump was charged with abusing of power. That decision made him the third US president in US history to be impeached. However, the support of impeachment in the House does not immediately remove the 45th US president from the office, as the final word still belongs to the Senate. As the Republicans (Donald Trump’s party) have a majority in that chamber, the vote supported by the Democrats will barely change anything.
The currency market was not affected by the impeachment process with no effect on the USD.
Australian labor market gets stronger
During the Asian trading session, the Australian dollar was boosted by the release of Australia’s job data. The employment change showed a solid growth by 39.9K (vs. 14.5K expected), and the unemployment rate declined from 5.3% to 5.2%. AUD/USD has risen by around 35 pips since the start of the day.
Bank of Japan: no hurry needed
The Bank of Japan kept its interest rate unchanged at -0.1% during today’s meeting. The BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda expressed the positive views on the economy but noted that the global uncertainties remain. The bank will continue monetary policy easing until the economic conditions get better.
What is ahead
The main focus will be on the Bank of England monetary policy summary at 14:00 MT. It would be interesting to hear the comments by Governor Mark Carney after the election is over. Follow the news and stay updated.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.
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The Canadian central bank will make a monetary policy report and announce interest rates on Wednesday, January 20, at 17:00 MT time. Also, the BOC press conference will be held later.
USD’s rally takes a pause, while riskier assets are modestly rising.