The US dollar and the Japanese yen has started the week on the positive footing amid rising new virus cases.
Will the Fed surprise the market?
The Federal open market committee (FOMC) will make its monetary policy statement and announce the interest rate on March 20, 20:00 MT time. The rate hike will not happen this time, but the Federal Reserve will definitely shake the market with the hawkish comments. During the previous meeting, the Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that the financial regulator would continue its patient approach in conducting the monetary policy. He also pointed out that the current level of the interest rate was appropriate for the US economy now. His dovish comments weakened the USD. Let’s see where the Fed is heading this time.
• If the FOMC is hawkish, the USD will go up;
• If the FOMC is dovish, the USD will go down.
Services and Manufacturing PMIs are out on Wednesday at 11:30 MT time.
The market sentiment remains risk-off amid rising virus cases around the world and fears over new restrictions and lockdowns.
The New Zealand interest rate is announced on Wednesday at 05:00 MT time.