US Dollar Fundamental Outlook: All Eyes On Treasury Yields As Stocks Wobble

US Dollar Fundamental Forecast: Bullish

  • US Dollar sees its best week against major peers in months.
  • Rising Treasury yields unnerving stocks, will this continue?
  • Eyes on US non-farm payrolls report at the end of the week.

Against an average of its major counterparts, the EuroBritish PoundAustralian Dollar, and Japanese Yen, the US Dollar experienced its best week in about four months. The haven-linked Greenback capitalized on a couple of trends in financial markets that may leave it in a position to benefit again in the next week. These are a combination of reflationary expectations and rising longer-dated Treasury yields.

According to Bloomberg, about 218.9 million vaccine doses have been administered globally. In the US, about 67.8 million doses have been given out. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is inching closer to passing a US$ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. A potentially larger infrastructure package is in the works to follow-up on the COVID-19-related aid. This has boosted local growth and inflation prospects in the medium-term.

As a result, longer-dated Treasury yields have been rising as investors begin to price in an unwinding of loose monetary policy in the long run, perhaps coming sooner than expected. Meanwhile, returns in government debt on the front-end remain suppressed by current quantitative easing measures to keep the economy supported. Fed Chair Jerome Powell didn’t seem concerned about rising rates at testimony this past week.

Rising yields in Treasuries make it relatively more expensive to invest in the stock market because the ‘risk-free’ rate is becoming slowly more competitive. Given what has been perceived as stretched equity valuations, it isn’t too surprising to see a healthy correction in equities. It remains to be seen if this defensive mood will hold in the near-term, but the US Dollar could continue benefiting here.

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