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Thursday, June 19, 2008

The USD-JPY - a cautionary note

The USD has experienced some strength lately, though I suspect that is about to come to an end around Y109. The USD did however convincingly break its downtrend, so that is reason for caution, however I would give it until the end of the month to prove otherwise. I believe the coming 2 weeks will be a bad one for the USD. I dont see stronger interest rates to support the USD. Might the US economy show some unexpected strength? Well we'll need to watch the indicators. Importantly the Dow Jones index is at a support level, and I suggest that is a basis for support.
Andrew Sheldon

Thursday, June 05, 2008

AUD-NZD breaks previous highs

The AUD is fairly strong at the moment due to the strong export revenues from coal, iron ore and gold, and metals in general. The agricultural commodities are also providing mixed support. This is one of the reasons why the AUD is strengthening against the NZD of late. The other reasons are the interest rate differential is opening up. NZ interest rates are showing signs of peaking and growing inflation pressures in Australia are prompting a desire by the RBA to increase rates. It therefore seems likely that the AUZ will sustain its premium over the NZD having breached the $1.25 historic cross rate, last reached in early 2006. Thats not to say I see the NZ central bank lowering rates significantly or at all. I think they have just as much need to worry as Australia. NZ'ers have never been good savers. Australia has a better track record on this statistic. So I do expect the AUD-NZD to continue its rise to about $1.33, but then I suggest there will be profit taking. This will have big implications for NZ in terms of investment - see here.
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Sunday, June 01, 2008

The USD-JPY on a knife edge

One of my readers from Japan Forum was highlighting the fact that the USD has been strong lately - contrary to my few that it could be heading to Y85. I retain the view, and gave him the following response:
I think its premature to say whether I still believe the USD-JPY is going to Y85. My reasons for weak USD are that I think US Fed will lower fed rate to 1% as before, concerns about an election, weak economic news and also the possibility of a bank failure. Likely JP Morgan or Goldman Sachs based on their derivatives exposure, but who knows. Also if you look at a chart, the USD is at the peak of its long term downtrend, so you might want to hold that thought. I of course expect it to fall. In support of your view, you might want to look for strength in USD over the coming week. We are really on a knife edge.
Basically I dont see USD going to Y85 as any sign of USD worth, just as a speculative possibility. Which is why I recommend AUD, rather than JPY-USD on my blogs. AUD doing very nicely. So maybe its an issue of perspective. If you want to hold USD long term, I do think the USD will rise strongly next year. As I said months ago, the US will eventually have to raise interest rates to become a 'savings' country, so the associated higher interest rates will result in a stronger currency. Just in the short term, I see weakness. So maybe its an issue of time perspective. As a trader my money goes elsewhere.
Andrew Sheldon

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