Forex Forecast And Cryptocurrencies Forecast For Oct. 19 - 23

First, a review of last week’s events:

EUR/USD

The market is now ruled by two main factors: the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming November 3 presidential election in the United States.

A rise of nearly 900,000 in applications for unemployment benefits showed that the labor market and the U.S. economy need more stimulus measures. And although, according to US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin, an agreement on such measures between Democrats and Republicans before the election is unlikely, negative statistics have tempered greatly the market risk appetite and pushed down stock indices such as the S&P500. This clearly benefited the US currency: by Thursday, the dollar gained 135 points, and the EUR/USD pair reached a local bottom at 1.1685. This was followed by a rebound downward, and the pair completed the five-day period at 1.1715;

It is possible that the “American” would continue to strengthen its position, but the “European” is actively helped by the confident development of the economy of China and the ECB, which is clearly not going to increase the volumes of its quantitative easing (QE) program.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Europe is growing, which could provoke the introduction of new strict quarantine measures that restrict economic activity. However, after the adoption of a program to support the European economy in the amount of €1.8 trillion at the end of July, the European Central Bank does not want to boost developments and expand its monetary stimulus program. At the moment, less than half of the funds have been spent within the framework of the already operating QE program, therefore, it simply does not make sense to talk about new incentives, according to the Vice President of the ECB Luis de Guindos;

GBP/USD

The uptrend of the first 12 days of October is over, and the pair has moved to the sideways movement in the range 1.2860-1.3080. Moreover, the end of the week was left to the bears, who managed to put the final point at the level of 1.2915. An obstacle to the growth of the pound was the introduction of additional restrictions due to the coronavirus in London, as well as the statement of the EU leadership that the bloc, although it seeks a fair partnership with the UK, will not compromise at any cost;

USD/JPY 

This pair ended the weekly session at 105.40, in a zone of a very strong mid-term support, which has stopped its decline many times over the past 12 weeks. And now the question of what a safer haven for investors is, the dollar or the yen, remains open. The competition continues;

Cryptocurrencies

We often start our review of cryptocurrencies with criminal news. Nothing particularly outstanding in this area happened last week. Although police reports had information about attempts to blackmail and extortion of cryptocurrency now and then.

So, there was a wave of calls about mining buildings in at least 18 prefectures in Japan. Scammers demanded a ransom in cryptocurrencies. “Bitcoin was the most popular choice for criminals,” said Japan Today. "But in none of the cases has the information about the explosives been confirmed." As a result, the criminals did not receive money, but they have not yet been caught, unlike a sheep farmer from Lincolnshire (England), who has already been sentenced to 14 years in prison for extorting £1.4 million worth of bitcoins from Tesco supermarket chain.

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