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.
Evergreen buck goes down ahead of Fed minutes
On Wednesday, the evergreen buck slumped versus the common currency and the UK pound because a dive in American Treasury gains diminished its attractiveness in the face of hopes for dovish news on interest rates from the major US bank.
Bond gains were pressured by economic data, which have clung to the weak side for the last time. For the last month the 10-year benchmark Treasury yield has gone down from 2.80% to 2.64% against the backdrop of uncertainty over how far the major US financial institution can afford tightening monetary policy.
Such uncertainty definitely makes Wednesday special, as traders are waiting for the publication of the minutes from the recent Fed gathering, where the major American financial institution opted for a more neutral as well as data-dependent stance, giving up its previous guidance about the probability of further interest rate lifts.
Investors are going to look for clues about how fast and how far the major US bank is about to have its balance sheet reduced. The Cleveland Fed President, Loretta Mester told that she appreciated the idea of ending the balance sheet wind-down in 2019 because such an outcome could potentially leave a considerable amount of crisis-era liquidity in the system, neutralizing any leap in market interest rates. Moreover, she added that official interest rates would most probably ascend rather than tumble.
Estimating the purchasing potential of the greenback versus a number of its main peers the USD index hit 96.333, slumping by 0.5% from its overnight maximum. The common currency was close to a one-week maximum at $1.1351 because German producer price inflation data for January turned out to be higher than anticipated.
Overnight the Chinese Yuan managed to ascend by about 0.5% versus the evergreen buck hitting 6.7227.
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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.
Every week we expect many interesting events that can shake the market.