Biggest Squeeze Since 2014 Sends Hedge Funds Long The Dollar For First Time Since Last July

Entering 2021, one of the top consensus trades was to be short the dollar, as it was common knowledge that the Fed would be injecting liquidity as far as the eye can see while COVID-19 still remained a looming threat to the economy.

However, just a few months later, with over three million Americans being vaccinated daily amid a burst of volatility and rising inflation expectations which sent both rate and risk volume surging, being short the USD became a risky proposition.

This stands true, especially in the aftermath of the massive running short squeezes across various assets; from low-float meme stocks such as GameStop (GME) to silver, which threatened to hammer shorts in what was one of the biggest consensus shorts in the world.

Perhaps it was the recent surge in the dollar, or maybe it was just fear of continued market turmoil, but whatever the reason, in the week ending March 16, the squeeze in the dollar accelerated and non-commercial traders purchased a net $10.3 billion USD after purchasing $5.6 billion net in the USD in the week prior.

According to Goldman Sachs, this is the largest amount of net USD purchases over a week by non-commercial traders since June 2018 -- with leveraged funds driving the net purchases, turning net long USD, while asset managers extended Dollar shorts.

A separate analysis of the CFTC COT data by ANZ's Khoon Goh finds an even more aggressive squeeze: he calculates that the dollar buying was worth $7.2 billion in the past week, the most since August 2014.

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