FX Closing Bell October 31: GBP Strength Pre-FOMC As Traders Question BoEs Long-Term Plan

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Date: 2017-10-31 22:06:32

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Will they or won’t they? That is, will the Bank of England on Thursday signal subsequent hikes? The market is pricing in an 88% probability of a rate hike on Thursday. However, the anticipated volatility surrounds whether or not the BoE’s Mark Carney will provide the scenario where GBP/USD moves toward 1.3350 on a hawkish take-away (more hikes to come) or toward 1.2900 if Carney sounds a dovish tone (one-and-done.)

While Wednesday’s top event will technically be the Federal Reserve rate announcement (markets pricing in less than 1% probability of a move), all eyes are one day forward where US President Donald Trump is expected to appoint the next Fed chair. Current front-runner Jerome Powell is seen as a complement to the Yellen viewpoint, and Powell would not be seen rocking the boat of monetary policy. The market is pricing in an 85% chance of a rate hike in December, and after the FOMC chair nomination is made known, traders will likely look for ways to continue playing the USD rebound from the 2017 trend.

As mentioned yesterday, traders should continue to keep an eye on commodity currencies that continue to sell-off. On Tuesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said foreign speculators would no longer be able to buy NZ houses for speculative purposes, which adds to the political risk premium that has taken NZD down by 3.5% over the last month. On Tuesday, the Canadian Dollar also weakened after GDP missed estimates.

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