Fed Chair Jerome Powell will testify today at 19:05 MT time. This event is crucial for traders as the tone of the speech may set the risk tone for the markets for the next two weeks.
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.
Non-farm payrolls, the most awaited economic report, will be out on March 5 at 15:30 MT time.
Australian GDP rose by 3.1%, exceeding analysts’ forecasts of 2.5%. The Australian dollar climbed after the release, but then joined its peers in falling against the USD.
Great news for oil bulls! OPEC and its allied producers agreed to expand output cuts for the next month.
The USD skyrocketed after Fed Powell’s speech. OPEC and allied producers agreed to extend production cuts for another month. Oil surged.
The European Central Bank publishes its monetary policy statement that includes an announcement of the interest rate on March 11, at 14:45 MT time.