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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Euro set for a 10% rise against the USD

In the last post we talked about the strengthening in the USD on the basis of interest rates. We suspect the Fed is simply talking up rates and the USD to satisfy the Asian central banks who are getting no interest from their treasuries. The US government of course has to placate these countries because it borrows so much money from them.
Nevertheless in the short term, I'd be looking for US economic weakness to drive the Euro (like the Yen) to the July 2008 high against the USD. We can see in the following chart that the Euro has to rise by another 10% before it reaches that point.
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The USD-JPY poised to strengthen

The Fed has apparently stated that it expects interest rates to rise in future. That is a commonsensical given:
1. The easy monetary policy, both in terms of low interest rates and the credit extended to US and foreign banks through other central banks.
2. The level of US debts, and the governments subdued capacity to raise tax receipts without increases in tax rates

I am still waiting for my energy tax. I suspect the US government is waiting for some resolution to climate change. They are waiting I think for scientists to get some consensus that there is no climate change consensus, before they step in and say, well just to be sure, we'll tax all energy, so in case there is a problem, we'll have our backs covered by spending on health care, etc.

Despite the fact that we are looking at a stronger US in future thanks to higher interest rates, I think we can expect further weakness in the short term. The cause of this is likely to be weaker economic indicators out of the USA. I am expecting the USD to find support against the Yen at its previous 15-year low of 81.6-83.6 yen. Currently the USD is trading at 89.32Yen, so there is room for a further 10% fall in the USD. I think it will be a quick recovery, and it might even be prompted by a global consensus to support the USD.
We must remember that Obama was in Japan, China and Korea last week, and there is every reason to think currency issues were discussed. No doubt those countries were looking for an assurance that the USD would not be allowed to fall, since they have large holdings of US treasuries. The US cannot expect these countries to support the USD unless they are prepared to raise rates. The chart below shows the trading history of the USD-JPY:
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