USD Bear Trend: Cocked And Loaded

In light of the dollar breaking below the 200-day moving average on some key pairs, the path of least resistance remains lower for the US currency.

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USD: Non-dollar, safe haven assets in demand

Since US-China trade relations broke down in early May and the Federal Reserve started to acknowledge the effects of the trade war on the US economy, the dollar is close to 5% weaker against the Swiss franc, 4% weaker against the Japanese yen and down against most G10 currencies except the pound. We, therefore, think the move is best characterized as a defensive decline in the dollar, which makes sense given uncertainties regarding trade tensions and now the Middle East as well. Recent moves are starting to resemble more the traditional flight-to-quality trends, such as moving to the liquid short-end of the US Treasury market and hedging the dollar exposure. Gold is also performing as it should – especially in an environment of super low rates. The major asset class outlier here is equities and were they to turn lower, the move should cement the trend for dollar shorts against the defensive JPY and CHF. Also, it’s not clear what can shake the market out of its view that the Fed will cut 25-50 basis points on 31 July (37bp currently priced). In light of the dollar having broken below the 200-day moving average on some key pairs, the path of least resistance remains lower for the dollar. Look out for US consumer confidence figures today and then a speech on monetary policy from Fed Chair Jay Powell at 19CET today. With the President breathing down his neck, we doubt Powell is in a position to reject aggressive pricing of Fed easing.

EUR: EUR/USD holds above the 200-day m.a. near 1.1350

EUR/USD is holding the break of the 200-day m.a. near 1.1350 and will be creating a buy-on-dips mindset for investors. It’s not clear from where the next geopolitical input will derive (does China ban rare earth exports at some point?), but Washington is certainly the epicenter right now. EUR/USD can make slow progress to 1.1450 & USD/CHF below 0.9700 could trigger fresh dollar sales.

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