Inside the Currency Market: EUR/INR

EUR/INR

Less than 2 months ago, EUR/INR was set for an explosion Vs EUR/USD. It hit maximum Correlational peaks and miles of distance from the EUR/USD trend line. Today, EUR/INR price has now subsided to very normal terms especially in the last 3 weeks. Its fully and comfortably a EUR pair as its moves are nearly lock step and it now sits dead on the trend line.

Along a 6 year curve, EUR/INR is downsloping and begins at vital point 78.95, 76.27, 74.61, 73.95, 71.48, 71.20, 70.40 and 70.04. From current price at 70.86, two most important breaks occurred at 71.48 and the intraday point at 71.20. From 78.95, current price is slightly oversold but not to any dramatic degree. Subtract 78.95 from the above points then the current price at 70.86 is very balanced. Current range is found between vital points 70.40 – 71.48, both are important levels and will define the next move.

From current 70.86 price, the immediate points are found below at 70.83 and above at 70.87. A break higher above 70.87, targets next 71.07 then the intraday point at 71.20, 71.35 and 71.45. A failure at 71.20 is a good short point. Below 70.83, next targets 70.61, 70.46, 70.39, 70.40. Points at 70.39 and 70.40 are important points, breaks lower targets next 70.09 then 70.04, 69.57, 69.37, 68.83. Two most important points in this series are 70.04 and 69.57.

The Greek situation has the potential to take EUR/USD further down despite severely oversold. EUR/INR will follow. An agreement is a long way off. The S&P Rating agency offers Grexit at 50% as I read Marc Chandler regarding the Greek situation. To further quote Marc, Greece has another 3 billion Euro payment coming due in mid July. The Greek situation is just warming up and has ability to contain any EUR rises. So EUR/INR is as well a sell rally trade.

I’ll continue to post trades, data, info as long as I’m able. I don’t know anything facebook or other social media creations. I don’t use them, I don’t know how to use them. So I’m either out and go private or I’m in by some other means. I just don’t know what’s next. Its not looking good for me to stay out here. Excuse this shoddy site I’m using to park articles. It was created 7 years ago and honestly, I haven’t thought about it in 7 years until FX street closed. We;ll see how it goes. Write if you wish, brian@btwomey.com

Further, EUR/INR was done for SRI and many friends from India. EUR/INR and all INR pairs are very smooth, trades very evenly, isn’t erratic, low spreads. Really a great pair and even a great starter pair to learn for beginners.

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Inside the Currency Market: AUD/USD

AUD/USD

Okay AUD/USD Long/ Short lines today. 0.7684, 0.7685, 0.7686, 0.7688, 0.7692, 0.7709. Don’t trade between points, tough Resistance 0.7684 – 0.7692. Range breaks above found 0.7709, 0.7736, 0.7767, 0.7791 and 0.7798. Range breaks below found 0.7633, 0.7583, 0.7579. Entire range shortest term 0.7633 – 0.7736.

Extreme buy /sell points today found 0.7587 and 0.7797. AUD curve is very tight as is EUR but its a down slope curve so this means a sell rallies approach overall. For scalpers, hit my levels, take breaks as they occur.

More trades on the way. Brian Twomey, Inside the Currency Market, btwomey.com

Inside the Currency Market: EUR/USD

EUR/USD

The problem with the EUR since last September and the policy to adopt negative interest rates is it dropped too far and to fast over the period. We were already dealing with the 1.3900 top by March 2014 so the downtrend was underway. But negative policy rates adopted in September caused the EUR downtrend to accelerate. Add to the disasatrous economic news from Europe, the downtrend was aligned technically and fundamentally. Now 9 months, 3000 pips later and 1.0400 lows seen from 1.3900, the EUR has meandered in a 1.0816 – 1.1429 range over the past 2 months. Economic news from Europe has certaintly improved but its the US threat to raise Fed Funds that contains the EUR from moving higher yet due to the acceleration of this downtrend, EUR remains way way oversold. The breaks from all the major averages failed to sustain pace with the downtrend. What we’re seeing currently is the disjunction between the technical and fundamentals and now Greece threatens further the fundamental side. Greece is enough to contain any upside moves so despite severely oversold, the downside and sell rallies must be the trade.

The downside means 1.1245 must hold to then target 1.1181, 1.1172, 1.1156, 1.1143, 1.1107, 1.1004, 1.0987, 1.0945. Downside moves accelerate on breaks of 1.1156 and 1.1004 to target next vital point at 1.0987. A break of 1.0987 again sees momentum to target 1.0700’s. Should a Greek deal materialize by a fluke, the break at 1.1245 targets 1.1295, 1.1307, 1.1326, 1.1347. Downside extreme prices are found at 1.1193, 1.1076, 1.1077 and 1.0767. The point at 1.1193 is a severely misaligned average. Above extremes are found 1.1217, 1.1400, 1.1425. Our most vital range breaks are found from 1.0987 – 1.1400

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German 10 and 2 Year Yields: Targets, Levels, Ranges

German 2 and 10 Year Yields, Targets, Ranges, Levels

The 10 year German Bond yield currently trades at 0.785, off from Friday’s 0.925 close. The larger range is found between 0.64 – 1.13 and intraday between the 1 year average at 0.64 and 30 day average at 0.80. The ranges are extremely tight. A break higher at 0.80 targets then 1.13. Yet the distribution is correctly dispersed. Longest – shortest term averages are found at 2.67, 1.68, 1.13, 0.80 and 0.64. The 30 day can be argued is misaligned and should be located below 0.64 but its not only holding the current distribution fairly even but it serves as a containment as the Greek crisis unfolds. What dictates current prices however are points at 0.64 and 2.67. From 2.67, prices are oversold and become overbought with prices rise from 0.64. Current price is far more oversold from 2.67 than overbought at 0.64. Targets from long to shortest terms range from 1.48, 0.95, 0.90 and 0.56. To offer context to current 0.785, June’s monthly average was 0.92. Last time we saw 0.78 close as a monthly average was October 2015. In terms of the larger Yield distribution, yields are negative from 1- 4 years and positive from 5 – 30.

German 2 Year Yield

The current 2 year yield trades at negative 0.21, down from Friday’s negative 0.18 close. The distribution is found from longest to shortest terms from 1.55, 0.32, negative 0.0005 and minus 0.136. Current price trades below the 30 day average at minus 0.18 and 1 year at minus 0.13. The range is not only tight but viewed from the 1 year average, current price is perfectly balanced. Longer term from 1.55 and 0.32, price doesn’t reveal threats of wide deviations instead price is fairly balanced. What’s important is the point at negative 0.21 due to its location below the Deposit Rate, Eonia. Targets from longest to shortest terms range from minus 0.0042, minus 0.216, minus 0.160 and minus 0.232. If Greece is driving current prices, 30 day Correlations between EUR/USD and 2 year Greece yields are found at 0.46, Greece Vs Bunds at 0.51. Even German Vs DKK correlates to 0.34, an even price balance all around which reveals Greece is not the main driver of current prices. The larger perspective is yields closed below the deposit rate in monthly average terms March, April and May and are on the verge to close below for June.

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US 10 and 2 Year Yields: Targets, Levels, Ranges

USD 10 and 2 Year Yields

The US 10 year yield from current 2.474 is ranging between longer to intermediate term averages between 3.182 above and many supports below beginning at 2.424, 2.339 and 2.183. The price at 2.47 remains above June’s monthly close ar 2.402 and 2.123 in May. When last price closed at 2.47 on a monthly averages basis was August 2014 at 2.49 and June 2013 at 2.56. The 10 year yield distribution begins from 3.18 above to next 2.33, 2.42 and 2.18. The point at 2.33 is a misaligned average and should be located either above 3.18 or below 2.42. Below 2.42 would see a more perfect distribution as 2.18, 2.33, 2.42 then 3.18. The current range however remains between 3.18 – 2.42 and wide.

The point at 3.18 is not ready to see a price break higher. With price rises, the point at 2.18 becomes overbought as is the current market condition. The targets range from a high of 2.86, 2.74, 2.44 and 2.13. The misaligned average at 2.33 is why models reveal the higher 2.86 target while the point at 3.18 targets 2.13. Due to the Greek crisis and distortd price moves expected, its imperative to view 2.44 as short or long opportunity. Current price from 2.42 is severely oversold yet at a crucial juncture. A break below targets the next average at 2.33 to see a range between 2.33 – 2.42.

2 Year Yield

The 2 year yield from current 0.715 sees a larger range between 1.64 above and 0.56 below. A price break at 0.56 would target next averages below at 0.462 and 0.398. Averages at 0.46 and 0.39 are severely misaligned and should be located either above 1.64 or below 0.56. To exceed 1.64 is not likely anytime soon. Yet what dictates current price moves are points at 0.39, 0.46 and 0.56. From current 0.71, price is way overbought. To offer context, price extremes are seen at 0.79, 0.82 and 0.85. Current targets are located at 0.63, 0.58 and 0.54.Current price at 0.71 exceeds June’s monthly average at 0.68 and the highest close price last seen 53 months ago at 0.83. The point to watch closely is 0.56. A break below would see a new range develp between 0.56 – 0.46. The strategy moving forward is sell preferred due to way overbought conditions.

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EUR/USD and 28 Pairs, Levels, Positions

EUR and 28 Currency Pair Line Up

Last’s week released Quarterly Review revealed the EUR line up V 28 pairs as 14 pairs below Equilibrium, 11 above and 3 in Neutral territory. The line up since last week changed to 12 pairs below, 11 above and 5 in neutrality. EUR/SEK and EUR/MYR graduated from below to neutrality to join traditional EUR neutral pairs EUR/AUD, EUR/CAD and EUR/CZK. Positional changes occurred as EUR/TRY jumps to above while EUR/MXN falls below. The commonality between above and below equilibrium pairs is above represents nine emerging market currencies while below reveals six Asia pairs. EUR/JPY however remains above equilibrium as well as all JPY pairs as Other Pair / JPY.

EUR/DKK position is above and a result of not only a much lower EUR/USD and negative Eonia but the explosion in EUR/CHF. The DNB was forced into a series of cuts to its CD Deposit rate to Negative 0.75 as well as massive intervention to the DKK, 16 billion by all accounts to hold the long standing 35 year Peg to EUR and Dem. Traditional DKK was very stable due to its Peg and Central Parity Band but will remain quite volatile over the quarter particularly as the 10 year yield trades at 1.08. EUR/INR quarter to quarter has been extremely volatile. While EUR/DKK was for the most part an interest rate alignment and Peg adjustment, EUR/INR is a combined interest and economic story as the Current Repo rate is 7.25, GDP 4.1% and 5.01% Inflation rate. Enormous changes and adjustments are occurring in India but internal changes are as much affected by external factors so INR will remain volatile over the quarter. EUR/TRY and EUR/MXN positional changes was a Correlation story as both were negative for the past two weeks but EUR/MXN just achieved positive status while EUR/TRY remains negative.

The cracks in Below equilibrium Asia pairs are beginning and seen from EUR/KRW, EUR/SGD, EUR/PHP, EUR/HKD and EUR/CNY. Asia pairs EUR/CNY and EUR/HKD remain severely oversold V EUR/USD and a statistical nightmare. SGD, PHP and KRW will see best movements and in my stated order. SGD is however the outlier due to its Managed float or more specifically, its trading band in relation to its trade partners based on its Trade Weight Index. The band speculatively is 2% either side but the Monetary Authority in Singapore in January released a policy of further SGD appreciation vs trade partners. SGD is normally not a volatile pair traditionally but with recent policy changes and with CNY and HKD severely out of line, SGD will remain volatile.

EUR/CZK and the CNB stated 27.00 floor doesn’t appear to be in danger of a break this quarter so neutrality will continue. In the G10 space, Neutral pairs EUR/CHF and EUR/CAD will experience greater volatility but so far this week only as major breaks are not seen in either pair.

EUR/RUB, an above equilibrium pair intraday must see a break of 61.50 above from current 61.40 to go higher. EUR/DKK from current 7.4607 sees a range between 7.4581 – 7.4615. EUR/KRW from current 1251.81 is held by supports at 1245.46 and 1209.16. EUR/NOK, another above equilibrium pair from current 8.7682 is held by support below at 8.6703. EUR/ZAR must break 13.6448 from current 13.8055. Both EUR/NOK and EUR/ZAR are not threatened by major breaks below. Instead, any downside is the result of overbought conditions. EUR/HUF is currently overbought at current 313.21 but significant breaks are seen at 309.31 to see HUF lower. Above equilibrium EUR/IDR from current 15105.00 must see a break below at 14776.43 to see lower. Currently EUR/IDR is overbought. EUR/BRL from current 3.5149 must see breaks to see lower at 3.4162. EUR/BRL is currently overbought but doesn’t threaten significant breaks.

EUR/TRY from current 3.0610 must see breaks below at 2.9709 and 2.9067 to head way lower. EUR/MXN from current 17.4190 is held by supports at 17.1545 and 16.7850. Most important break is 17.2102. EUR/SGD from 1.5138 must break below at 1.5123 to head lower. EUR/THB from current 38.19 is held below by 37.58. EUR/SEK from current 9.2134 has Resistance just above at 9.2745 to go higher. EUR/NZD faces Resistance just above at 1.6450. EUR/INR from current 72.07 is held first by support at 71.49 then 70.04. EUR/PHP from current 51.07 is also held by supports at 50.51 and 48.97.

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EUR/USD Vs Eonia, EURIBOR, FORWARD YIELDS

Inside the Currency Market: EUR/USD V USD V Eonia, Euribor, Forward Yields
Posted by Brian Twomey on February 8, 2015 at 7:10pmView Blog

EUR/USD Vs Eonia, Euribor and Forward Yields

When last EUR/USD was addressed in October in Eonia and Euribor terms, the EUR/USD traded between 1.2517 and 1.2248 with an expected break of 1.2248 to begin a new distribution that would take prices down to 1.1300 and lower. Not only did that scenario occur but Eonia and Euribor had to travel in negative territory in order to see lower EUR/USD prices.
It was ECB driven since Eonia and Euribor in its 16 year history never traded in negative territory. A negative price would always see an ECB rescue and a EUR support to bring Eonia and /or Euribor back to positive.
The difference between then and now is negative rates was planned when the ECB lowered the Refi Rate last June to 0.15, the Marginal Lending Rate to 0.40 and Minus 0.10 in the Deposit Rate. September again saw another cut to 0.5, 0.30 and negative 0.20 in the Deposit Rate.
The ECB entered a phase of “uncharted territory” as outlined in September by ECB’s Governing Council member Benoit Coeure in an address to the ECB’s Money Market Contact Group. The purpose of sustained and negative Eonia and Euribor was despite an experiment is to force banks to lend and borrow in the money markets rather than hand over 100 to the ECB and receive 95.
The goal is to smooth out not only excess reserves but to smooth lending and borrowing between banks in each of the European states. The ECB then becomes truly the lender of last resort and in the interim experimental period must also sustain a high tax on the Euro as well as tanking economic news quarter after quarter. Not only will EUR/USD not see any recovery short term but the negative interest rate studies by Silvio Gesell must be revisited. The negative Eonia and Euribor effects are seen in Forward Implied Yields.
Negative Forward Implied Yields in Germany confirms a downsloping EUR yield curve as 1 year rates, 1 year forward trades at minus 0.2363 and 1 year rates, 5 year forward trades at Minus 0.0015. The current German yield curve is negative 6 years out along the curve but positive up to the 7 year yield and confirmed as 1 year rates, 7 years forward remain positive. The corrollary is positive USD as 1 year rates in 2 year trades 1.17.
Eonia, in its own downsloping channel since the significant break in October, currently trades below its Daily and monthly averages and below Euribor monthlies. Eonia is in its correct position if continued negative interest rate strategies is the ECB way forward.
For EUR/USD, the monthly interest rate ranges are wide and found between lows at 1.0827 – 1.1816 above. To offer 1.1816 context. Not even the positive German 10 year – 2Y spread or 10Y – 3 Month spread offers a high of 1.1816 instead that range high is found at 1.1610 and a low of 1.1020. For the next few trading days, daily interest rate ranges are found between EUR/USD 1.1369 highs and 1.1253 lows due to a compression between Eonia and Euribor. To see range breakouts, Eonia and Euribor must make a move and the German 7 Year yield must either hold or allow EUR/USD its continued trend lower.
Trades will be posted here throughout the week.

Published FXStreet.net FEB 8, 2015

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GERMAN and USD 10 and 2 Year Yields May 2015

EUR/USD, German and USD 10 and 2 Year Yields
Posted by Brian Twomey on May 18, 2015 at 1:13pmView Blog

EUR/USD Vs German Yields 10’s and 2’s and USD 10’s and 2’s
The USD 2 year yield currently trades in a larger range between 1.671- 0.395, both encompass the 5 and 10 year averages at both range extremes. The current price at 0.54 sits just above the 1 year average at 0.537 while below is the 2 year average at 0.445. Both the 1 and 2 year averages crossed above the 5 year at 0.39 so within the larger 10 and 5 year range is found the 1 and 2 year averages. A break of the 1 year average at 0.537 would see a range between 0.537 – 0.445 just below at the 2 year. If price remains above the 1 year average then the range becomes 0.537 – 1.6717.
The targets for all averages reveal the 2 year will remain rangebound as the 10 year average is middle bound in its range while the 2 and 5 year averages are approaching overbought. The 1 year average is not only oversold but if price holds above then its a trend just beginning. The targets start at 0.543, 0.555, 0.604 and 0.650. The correlations in the 2 year Vs EUR/USD remain negative throughout all averages and a correlational break is not seen anytime soon.
German 2 Year Yield
The current price at -0.194 trades just below the 1 year average at -0.108, next above is the 2 year average at 0.02, the 5 year at 0.33 and 10 year at 1.57. The wider regression range in the 1 year Vs EUR/USD is found between a top at 0.15 and bottom -0.209. To offer context to the topside range, the 2 year at the 10 year average targets + 0.023 but that target assumes the 2 year average breaks at 0.020. Its not likely to see positive yields unless the ECB eliminates its negative interest rate policy, adopted since September 2014. Further, targets from the 1 – 5 year averages all reveal yields remain negative. The targets from the 1 year are located at -0.21, 2 year at -0.13 and 5 year at -0.196.
The current EUR/USD rise is directly attributable to not only prior oversold yields from the 1 – 10 year averages but the correlations in the 1 and 2 year averages assisted in EUR/USD prices. The oversold yield condition is now relieved and current correlations however in the 1 and 2 year averages are at peaks which means EUR/USD will struggle to go higher from the German perspective but USD yields offer a different scenario.

USD 10 Year Yield
The 10 year yield offers averages from 10 – 1 year at 3.19, 2.35, 2.43 and 2.20. A crossover ocurred at the misaligned 2 year average as its position is above the 5 year. The current 10 year yield at 2.14 still remains below all averages with a must break at 2.20 to see a range between 2.20 – 2.35. Despite positive correlations Vs EUR/USD, targets from 1 – 10 year averages reveal significant breaks at 2.20 are not ready to be seen. The targets from the 10 year are located at 2.15, 1.81, 2.11 and 1.92.

German 10 Year Yield
The 10 year averages from 10 – 1 year align as 2.69, 1.71, 1.17 and 0.68. Targets from 10 – 1 year are located at 1.52, 0.94, 0.60 and 0.33 at the 1 year. Again correlations are positive vs EUR/USD.

Yield Spreads
From averages 10 to 2 year, German spreads are found at 1.52 and 2.01 from the 10 – 1 year. USD from 10 – 2 year averages are located at 0.76 and 0.99 from 10 – 1 year. From current market perspectives, the USD 10 to 2 spread is found at 1.63 vs German spreads at 0.47. The 10 year to 3 month from the USD side is 2.16 Vs 0.28 from Germany, a favorable USD condition. But 10 to 3 month views normally reveal the domestic interest rate or at least a proximity. Current Fed Funds just achieved its Effective rate at 0.13 on April 13 and has only closed below 2 times since.
Correlations
While the USD 2 year remains negative and German 2 year positive, EUR/USD correlations remains positive and quite healthy at both 10 year yields. Typically, positive correlations is a condition that normally doesn’t hold for long periods particularly as we see EUR/USD yearly volatilities at just over 3%. Trends and trends with power normally see higher volatilities. At EUR/USD 3% is quite low.
Extra for Fxstreet interested. Correlations is a trade strategy by itself. Big banks that trade interest rates trade by correlations. They do this by Volatility triangles, Volatility/ Correlation Triangles and volatility triangles to factor forward volatility. Triangles because financial instruments, currency pairs whatever can be viewed, compared, analyzed, traded as a trio or compared to each other. What is seen in EUR/USD from the German 2 year yield for example from triangles is the EUR/USD price is not keeping pace with the 2 year German yield. It lags and is lagging more and more. That says a top is far away.

EUR/USD
From current 1.1400, next vital points above are found at 1.1422, 1.1451, 1.1502,1.1559, 1.1597, 1.1618 and 1.1658. Shorts must see breaks lower at 1.1399, 1.1347, 1.1306 and 1.1293. The most significant EUR/USD point is found at 1.1293, a rising line. A break of 1.1293 targets next levels at 1.1242, 1.1240 and further down at 1.1063, 1.1047 and 1.1038. Current EUR/USD prices are driven by oversold intermediate averages. Longer term averages are middle range to overbought and achieve more overbought with further prices rises.

Published FXStreet.net May 18 2015

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FED FUNDS and FED Repo Facilities: Answer to Raise or Not

Inside the Currency Market: Fed Funds and Repo Facilities
Posted by Brian Twomey on April 12, 2015 at 3:48pmView Blog

Does the Fed Raise: The answer is found in the Facilities
Fed Funds Effective rate in January was 0.09, today 0.12 but highs of 0.13 were seen. The point at 0.09 was the 5 year average in January, today that average is 0.12. What’s vital concerning the 5 year average is its not only exactly where the Fed Dot Plots are located but the goal of the Fed is to ever so slowly raise the effective rate by means through two facilities: Fixed Rate Overnight Reverse Repurchase Agreements and Interest on Excess Reserves.
The goal of both facilities is to release Fed bond holdings in Repurchase Agreements but contained within small channels between the two newly created tools. The ON RRP serves as the bid side of the channel and is designed to set a floor for Effective Fed Funds while the IOER are offer rates and serves as a celing. Excess Reserves are currently running in millions last quarter at 2,583,707.
The intention of the fed is never to allow higher interest rates to surpass offer rates so interest is controlled purposefully within small ranges and moved higher slowly over time. The beginning goal was to allow bid and offer rates to hold inside a 0 – .05 channel. When Fed Funds was 0.09 in January, the range points between 0- 0.05 held. Just three months later, range points increased along with Fed Funds Effective rates.
The goal of the Fed before liftoff is to bring range points higher to create a satisfactory floor so an actual announcement of a hike becomes a formality. But as ranges head higher so does Fed Funds in unison. The current channel is only 5 basis points and Fed Funds at 0.12 is only half of the overall target range between 0 – 0.25. The Fed has ability to increase the overall size of the range to 10 basis points but has yet to do so.
The complementary example is the RBNZ since they raised three times but lifted off from far above a 5 year average and they achieved equilibrium, the natural rate after the third rise. Fed funds from a 5 year average is contained between 0.12 – 1.72. The point at 1.72 is the equilibrium point for the US economy. The Fed has a long way to go to achieve its long run goals.
The purpose to establish both facilities was to specifically unload treasury bonds only. Possibly the reason why hesitation to raise is seen from the Fed is due to the expectation both facilities would’ve experienced a greater success in terms of moving the effective rate further than its present location. Another factor maybe CPI.
If CPI in terms of the price level at 0.2 Vs its M2 counterpart is considered, the current gap is running at 7.5 and must be closed in order for CPI to achieve its long run 2% goals. A drop in CPI as M2 remains stasis or rises risks deflation. The Repo facilities are the answers to the when and if the Fed eaises or holds steady.

For FX street friends, If CPI is located in the denominator and M 1, or M2, or Velocity of money is placed in the numerator then divide to see the CPI / Price level Vs money Gap. You get an idea how fast or slow the FED is closing the gap and its relationship overall in money V CPI / Prices. I’m sure this is the metric the fed is viewing because Yellen stated the 2% target would take years to fruition. Now you know why, its the Gap. I’m frankly skeptical of a Fed Raise and I view the Fed voters as scared witless to raise. One false move in this gap, they sink this economy for many years in the future.
To view my gap in market terms, 10 year yield minus 3 month = 1.9288. This gap is extraordinarily wide. The gap should produce the domestic interest rate, 0.25, or something in this vicinity during normal times. Times aren’t normal, cause Keynes rules so its a demand side economy vs the classical supply side.

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Currency Pair Design and Construction

Inside the Currency Market: Currency Pair Design and Construction
Posted by Brian Twomey on January 29, 2015 at 12:37pmView Blog

Few quick thoughts for interested.
No 2 currency pairs are the same, that concept doesn’t exist. Even AUD and NZD are vastly different. Each pair is tremendously different in construction, design, and purpose. Each currency pair has a vastly different driver to price movements, each pair has a vastly different price location within itself and among its peers. Each pair shares a far different place among and in between yield curves.
Some pairs are correctly positioned,some not. Some pairs are deeply out of whack, others not far off. But price divergences exist. What makes currency pairs different is a reflection of their market and economic system but combined, its what makes markets.
For example, NZD offers a smooth yield curve, AUD does not. NZD offers a clear and concise pattern in their interest rates, AUD does not. But regardless, each has a vastly different system and each currency pair is driven by deeply divergent factors.
One example EUR/GBP.

EUR/GBP has about a 30% price divergence between EUR/USD and GBP/USD. 30% however is ever changing but slowly. But 30% is not much and its why EUR/GBP is a slow mover. Its was designed to be a slow mover. Its price remains contained between EUR/USD and GBP/USD purposefully in construction and design. If EUR/USD or GBP/USD crashed then the BOE and ECB has EUR/GBP to rely upon to conduct nation’s business. EUR/GBP trades, its location, its position is between the 2 year and 3 month in the yield curve. Over time that location may change.
Currency pairs the world over come in two forms. Interest rate and yield currencies. Its why many math models and indicators are failures. They don’t catch the concepts. RSI is popular but it is completely worthless against a currency pair. We beat the testing to death, it fails. It averages highs Vs lows to form a line. I was fortunate to have a few conversations with Welles Wilder. My belief from conversations is RSI was designed for strictly Commodities not currencies. But RSI as today’s indicator is not totally the exact Welles Wilder feature. Its actually off and won’t catch currency pair movements correctly.
Few thoughts on Realignment.
Realignment. When currency prices align, realignment is done. So will our volatility be done. How long? Must be viewed in yearly periods. From my Index consisting of EUR, AUD, GBP, NZD, years 2009 – 2010 saw good volatility numbers. 2012 – 2013 saw good volatility numbers. 2011 – 2012 was dead. 2013 – 2014 saw nearly a 1% increase in volatility and all measured by each pair Vs each other. 2008 was the base period indexed so hard to measure by itself but that was also the new period year. The higher the volatility, the faster markets align to prices then we go to flat again. I’m highly interested in this realignment issue because its like halley’s comet. Its not seen very often and I may not see it again in my lifetime. So its followed closely.
Always many sincere thank you’s to all the many good and decent people, friends, followers, readers and those that trade with me.

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Pips, Values, Price Facts

Inside the Currency Market: Pips, Values and Price Facts
Posted by Brian Twomey on February 23, 2015 at 12:50pmView Blog
Facts, Every Pip has a value, every pip movement is perfectly known, Pip prices are astonishley perfect. A purpose exists for every pip movement and that includes every pair, every second of every day.
Traders compete with absolute pros with astoundingly superior knowledge of Pip values, Few out here have this knowledge and why few can compete accurately V superior knowledge. My suspicion is 1 person in the FXStreet.com weekly Currency Forecast Poll has the knowledge.
Most academics from every institution elite and lesser known published failed papers and lack the knowledge. Many many math formulas are failures, few math formulas do work magically but only a few. Central banks are the professors not academics.
Collusion in prices is impossible, absolutely impossible. Stories about hunt stops, players, big boy collusion is bunk. Stops are always incorrectly positioned and are taken because they fell in line with intended price paths. A price path cannot be stopped, cannot be stopped. A currency price is like a dream house, its all about location.
Exchange rates is a wrong term, its not what all are doing, its not what all should do. Most traders especially retail don’t have desire to exchange. Pros exchange, not us. To align perfect FX jargon, they Swap.
Volatility is periodic, it Ebbs and Flows, Daily, weekly, yearly and multi yearly. Volatility calculates as well as a time dimension. Last May I saw present volatility coming and stated it but failed to record the time factor. Others don’t want to repeat this mistake. Not a day goes by when CNBC or other media outlets doesn’t mention volatility.
Then a few general terms that are profound misnomers. Safe haven. This term applied to days of Fixed V Gold exchange rates. It doesn’t apply today. It doesn’t exist in today’s markets.
Round numbers. A day or two may exist that offers a support or resistance level in a price that looks like this 1.1300. What does it mean, it means for that day or maybe for that hour or two, 1.3000 is a support or resistance level. After the hour or day is over, another number appears as new support or resistance.
More on the themes of pips and values will be seen in an upcoming article.

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NON Farm Payrolls, May 2015

Inside the Currency Market: Non Farm Payrolls
Posted by Brian Twomey on May 8, 2015 at 11:24amView Blog
NFP last month was 126 and 264 March. Both were very preliminary for the year. NFP based on 10 year data is highly oversold. 126 from last month is literally on the bottom.
10 year average = 66.19, 5 year = Negative 498.88, 2 year = 191.37, 1 year = 208.83. Range = 66.19 – 191. 10 year Median = 146. Entire 10 year range 220 or 110 on a high / low basis. 110 + 126 = 230 forecast. All numbers in thousands. If I add 10 year average 66.19 to 110, 176 is the number.
Will we beat 191. This is a high bar from last month and I don’t see it.
1st and 3rd Quartiles are located between high 223 – low 3,000 with 146 Median. 146 is the number to beat. Economically, these numbers are pathetic. 7 years after crisis, this is the best we get. Tradgedy and doesn’t say this economy is okay.
If I employ BIS calculations, 136,15 is the number. This is a test number and maybe totally off the Mark.
10 year average and data charted, the topside is blocked with plenty of downside, light years of downside. Its an ugly picture.
To trade. Since we have such a low bar from 66 average and last month at 126, anything above 126 should send this Euro and GBP/USD down. 234 is the forecast. An USD longs, USD/CAD is the way.

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EUR/USD Peaks and Turns 2013 Study

Inside the Currency Market: EUR/USD Peaks and Turns, 2013 Study
Posted by Brian Twomey on March 6, 2015 at 11:52pmView Blog
An old EUR/USD 2013 study, never published but slated for FX Trader Magazine. They requested minor changes, I refused so never published. Then sent to Stocks and Commodities Magazine only to get lost in the shuffle.
To forecast tops and bottoms, below is the methodology and it was employed to accurately call the EUR/USD top at 1.3900’s. The peaks and turns however must update. Note also our EUR/USD is traditionally a highly neutral currency pair and rarely falls outside of its neutrality. Today it broke its tradition, a tradition that held dating to its forerunner DEM/USD. Once the Euro zone finds it balance again, hopefully soon, the EUR will retain its neutral 95 year tradition.

Because the current EUR/USD price was confounding due because it retraced more than 50% of its move from last year’s 1.3712 top to the 1.2750 bottom, I decided to look at daily, weekly and historic significant peaks to predict a possible top. My early assumption was 1.3350 in the July /August period may very well have been the current top at time of this writing. Further, if the EUR/USD is measured in terms of peaks only from a daily, weekly and historic perspective, the EUR/USD as a currency pair falls into the exact neutral category. Its typical Euro in classic fashion as it loves its neutral zone comfort level. It rises and falls only to end in undecided zones. We begin with the daily charts.

Since January 2013 to July /August, daily down peaks record as 6 days, 1 peak, 12 days, 1 peak, 38 days, 1 peak, 15 days, 1 peak. 71 days total was recorded with 4 significant peaks. Down days turned every 17.75 days on average.

Daily up days since January 2013 to July /August. I recorded: 5 days, 1 peak, 22 days, 1 peak, 17 days, 1 peak, 14 days, 1 peak, 16 days, 1 peak. A total of 74 days saw 5 significant peaks with an average turn every 14.8 days.

If daily up days to down days are viewed, the EUR/USD trend/peaks turn every 16.1 days total.

Figure 1 is a daily EUR/USD chart.

Weekly EUR/USD. Since January 2013 to July / August, Up weeks I recorded: 4 weeks, 1 peak, 5 weeks, 1 peak, 5 weeks, 1 peak, 4 weeks, 1 peak. Notice the 5 / 4 relatiuonship. A significant peak occurred every 4.5 weeks on average.

Weekly Down days. Since January 2013 to July / August, down weeks I recorded: 8 weeks, 1 peak, 2 weeks, 1 peak, 3 weeks, 1 peak. A significant down peak occurred every 4.33 weeks on average.

Weekly up days vs down days. A significant weekly peak occurred every 4.4 weeks on average and fairly consistent with the 16.1 daily peak turn.

Figure 2 is a weekly EUR/USD.

From the Oct 2000 bottom at 0.8206 to present July / August period.

Monthly up months with a signfiicant peak I recorded, 3 months, 1 peak, 3 months, 1 peak, 16 months, 1 peak, 5 months, 1 peak, 8 months, 1 peak, 3 months, 1 peak, 29 months, 1 peak, 13 months, 1 peak, 12 months, 1 peak, 2 months, 1 peak, 6 months, 1 peak.

Total up months with a significant peak equates to 100 up months with 11 significant peaks.

Monthly down months I recorded: 5 months, 1 peak, 4 months, 1 peak, 3 months, 1 peak, 3 months, 1 peak, 6 months, 1 peak, 3 months, 1 peak, 6 months, 1 peak, 7 months, 1 peak, 8 months, 1 peak, 5 months, 1 peak, 7 months, ?. Present month and possible next peak is ongoing.

Total up months: 100, 11 peaks. Total down months, 57, 11 peaks. Total up months peak on average every 9.09 months vs total down months peak on average every 5.18 months.

Interesting aspect to the historic up months was the economic boom period between 2003 – 2006 where the EUR/USD I recorded 29 straight months before a significant peak occurred. It would appear this large increase before a significant peak occured to skew the averages can easily be argued because minor peaks occured along the way. Yet if we look in terms of significant peaks only, we find an exact 11 peak difference between up and down peaks and because we see the EUR/USD daily, weekly and historically as a highly neutral currency pair with fairly consistent up and down numbers throughout, I hold to my 29 month count.

The purpose why a longer term view in monthlies was not only to determine significant peaks but the EUR/USD’s neutrality became a fascinating issue along the way. Lastly, if the EUR/USD was viewed perfectly parallel to the daily and weekly January time frames, only one significant peak occurred and that was last year’s 1.3712 top.

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Quarterly Review 200 Pairs January – May 2015

Inside the Currency Market: EUR and Majors Pairs Vs Equilibrium Vs 27 Counterparts
Posted by Brian Twomey on February 3, 2015 at 2:30pmView Blog
In the 3rd Bi annual review of our currency pairs Vs Equilibrium and Vs the major pair alignments against each other, the view of the major pairs was expanded to include 27 pairs. CHF for example as CHF/ Other Currency was viewed Vs 27 counterpart pairs. The full view of Majors Vs 27 counterparts total about 196 + currency pairs, about because ILS, Israeli Shekel was thrown in the mix as well as NOK/SEK and other pairs important to the world and currency markets.
The previous view of Major Pairs Vs each other included about 130 pairs. Its a view that determines currency pair alignments not only Vs each other but those relationships are known Vs Equilibrium. The purpose for this methodology is to understand what types of markets trade, alignments Vs Realignments, which pairs are anomalies, which pairs fit the matrix. Any aberrations in currency pair locations and positions are then bought and sold.
Equilibrium is Central Bank speak and intimates various interpretations from central bank to central.bank. In the broader context, its defined as neutral zones and an important location for currency pairs because many belong to this category A few examples.
GBP/CAD 1 year and 6 months ago was in the neutral zone, today it remains in the neutral zone. GBP/CHF 1 year and 6 months ago was in the neutral zone, today its position is far below Neutral zones. GBP/JPY bounced twice from the neutral zone 1 year and 6 months ago and is on the verge to graduate to neutral again. USD/KRW just graduated to Neutral from below for the past 1 year and 6 month review. EUR/CAD remains in neutral zone in all 3 reviews, 1 1/2 years and running. GBP/AUD remains in the neutral zone 1 year and running while EUR/AUD graduated to neutral from its position on the floor 1 year ago. GBP/NZD graduated to neutral from its position on the floor 1 year ago. NOK/JPY remains in the neutral zone 1 year running while USD/CZK graduated to above its neutral zone. GBP/SEK remains neutral 1 year running. In the new review, AUD/CAD graduated to neutral as well as EUR/GBP, NZD/USD and USD/HKD.
The expanded view reveals for example all 27 pairs as CHF/ Other Currency including CHF/USD is above the neutral zone. CHF/CNY is the only pair below. Every CHF pair is bought today as possibly a means to offset EUR in the Swiss balance sheet. A speculation.
All 27 USD pairs are above neutral zones except USD/CHF. USD/ILS is above. For JPY pairs, 16 are below Neutral zones, 3 above and 7 in Neutral. Following is the list above, below and Neutral for 199 currency pairs.
EUR. Above Neutral: EUR/HUF, EUR/IDR, EUR/BRL, EUR/NOK, EUR/PHP, EUR/PLN, EUR/RUB, EUR/SEK, EUR/TRY, EUR/ZAR, EUR/JPY,
Neutral: EUR/CAD, EUR/AUD, EUR/GBP, EUR/CZK, EUR/DKK, EUR/INR
Below: EUR/USD, EUR/CNY, EUR/HKD, EUR/KRW, EUR/MXN, EUR/SGD, EUR/THB, EUR/PHP, EUR/NZD, EUR/CHF.
GBP. Above Neutral: GBP/RUB, GBP/BRL, GBP/NOK, GBP/HUF, GBP/IDR, GBP/INR, GBP/PHP, GBP/PLN, GBP/TRY, GBP/ZAR, GBP/JPY, GBP/MXN,
Neutral: GBP/CAD, GBP/AUD, GBP/NZD, GBP/CZK, GBP/DKK, GBP/SEK, GBP/THB,
Below: GBP/USD, GBP/PHP, GBP/CNY, GBP/HKD, GBP/SGD, GBP/KRW, GBP/CHF.
JPY. Above: JPY/ZAR, JPY/BRL, JPY/RUB,
Neutral: JPY/AUD, JPY/CZK, JPY/HUF, JPY/IDR, JPY/NOK, JPY/PLN, JPY/TRY,
Below: JPY/CNY, JPY/CAD, JPY/CHF, JPY/DKK, JPY/EUR, JPY/GBP, JPY/HKD, JPY/INR, JPY/KRW, JPY/MXN, JPY/SEK, JPY/NZD, JPY/PHP, JPY/SGD, JPY/THB, JPY/USD.
CHF: Above: CHF/KRW, CHF/NOK, CHF/PHP, CHF/RUB, CHF/SGD, CHF/TRY, CHF/ZAR, CHF/USD, CHF/MXN, CHF/NZD, CHF/PLN, CHF/SEK, CHF/THB, CHF/DKK, CHF/AUD, CHF/BRL, CHF/CAD, CHF/CZK, CHF/EUR, CHF/GBP, CHF/HKD, CHF/HUF, CHF/IDR, CHF/INR,
Neutral: Zero
Below: CHF/CNY
AUD. Above: AUD/BRL, AUD/CZK, AUD/HUF, AUD/IDR, AUD/NOK, AUD/RUB, AUD/TRY, AUD/ZAR,
Neutral: AUD/SEK, AUD/DKK, AUD/PLN, AUD/CAD
Below: AUD/USD, AUD/CNY, AUD/HKD, AUD/INR, AUD/KRW, AUD/MXN, AUD/PHP, AUD/SGD, AUD/THB, AUD/NZD.
NZD. Above: NZD/RUB, NZD/PLN, NZD/BRL, NZD/DKK, NZD/EUR, NZD/HUF, NZD/IDR, NZD/INR, NZD/ZAR, NZD/SEK, NZD/NOK,
Neutral: NZD/USD, NZD/GBP, NZD/HKD, NZD/KRW,
Below: NZD/PHP, NZD/CNY, NZD/CZK, NZD/THB, NZD/CAD, NZD/CHF, NZD/SGD,
CAD: Above: CAD/RUB, CAD/TRY, CAD/BRL, CAD/CZK, CAD/NOK, CAD/IDR, CAD/INR, CAD/NZD, CAD/ZAR
Neutral: CAD/SEK, CAD/DKK, CAD/PLN,
Below: CAD/HUF, CAD/HKD, CAD/AUD, CAD/CNY, CAD/KRW, CAD/MXN, CAD/PHP, CAD/SGD, CAD/THB, CAD/CHF,
Below: NOK/SEK, SEK/CNY, NOK/CNY, USD/CNY
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Federal Overnight Reserve Repurchase Repo and Fed Funds Implications for 2015

When the Federal Reserve began to pay interest against bank deposits was first granted in 2006 when the United States Congress passed the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006. The legislative start date was 2011 but the mortgage collapse caused a deep conundrum in housing and other markets in 2008 so Congress then passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to begin immediately to pay interest on required reserves for the third time in 50 years. Prior to 2008, the Fed paid interest on required reserves for two months total in 2001 at the time of 9/11 and the beginning of the 2007 recession. Two purposes existed to pay interest on required deposited reserves: to maintain the Fed Effective Funds rate close to target and in range and prevent Fed Funds from trading at 0 or worse trade in negative territory as is the case in regards to Eonia in Europe despite ECB ability to pay required interest reserves since 1999. The other example is Sweden’s Repo Rate currently trades at 0 while the BOE was granted legislative capability to pay interest on required reserves since 2009 to offer worldwide context.

The second aspect to the 2008 legislation is the Fed’s ability to pay and adjust interest on excess reserves but this new Fed “tool” was little known and employed yet would become an interesting foresight as excess reserves and the velocity of the Fed’s balance sheet in relation to the historic monetary base skyrocked from 2008 / 2009 onwards when various Tarp facilities were introduced to provide liquidity to the banking system. Required Reserves for example averaged about $100 billion during the first six months of 2012 while excess reserves averaged $1.5 trillion. ( SF Fed ). Since the supply of Treasury bond credits is as good as demand, the Fed faced a Liquidity Trap where monetary policy fails to stimulate demand and interest rates are at 0. So comes the time to soak up the excess supply by introduction of new Term Deposit Facilities.

The first facility is the Fixed Rate Overnight Reverse Repurchase Agreement ( ON RRP) while the second is the Interest on Excess Reserves or IOER. The ON RRP is the primary tool to move Fed Funds into target ranges and create a floor for Fed Funds by setting Bid rates for Treasury bonds only while the IOER would serve as offer rates but both rates held within a small channel between 0 – 5 basis points or 0 – 0.05. ( Sept-Oct Minutes). Therefore Bid rates must be below offer rates at 0.05. The further proposal since both facilities are new and hardly in implementation stages is to offer a maximum Bid rate of 10 basis points. Further ON RRP proposals is to vary rates by auction, by a schedule and vary the spread between the ON RRP and interest paid on excess reserves. Both facilities are for Treasury bonds only with a maximum market of $300 billion per day and limited to 1 bid per $30 million, per counter party, per day. The $30 billion per day was originally $10 and changed with September’s minutes by a vote of the Board.

To place 0.05 in context, Fed Funds closed on a monthly average basis at 0.09 in 11 of the past 17 months and in 9 of the past 12 months. Fed funds closed above 0.09 twice in the last 19 months at 0.10 and 0.11. Last time Fed Funds closed at 0.20 was 55 and 54 months ago. The highest monthly close at 0.22 was seen 5 1/.2 years ago specifically 69 months. The Fed Funds 2 year average is found at 0.10, 5 year average at 0.12 and 10 year average is found at 1.62. Essentially, the entire Repo market is found beween Bids from 0 – 0.05 to Offer Rates from 0.05 – 0.10, 0.12.

The ON RRP operates as any Repurchase Agreement. The NY Fed sells bonds to approved counterparties with agreement to repurchase at a later date. The sale minus the repurchase price equals the rate of interest paid by the Fed on cash invested by the counterparty, termed the Repo Rate. Fed deposits are then limited to Reverse Repos. Current operations are facilitated from 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Eastern time and rates of interet on excesees are reported on the Federal Reserve’s website on H3 every Thursday at 4:30 pm Eastern time. Trade durations are overnight with a same day settlement.

Fed examples ( NY FED). Assume 5 Bids at $5 billion each at varying rates between 1- 5 basis points. Bids were under the $300 billion market maximum and under 5 basis point limits so Bids would be granted. Assume 20 Bids at $20 billion with 4 Bids submitted at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 basis points. Total Bids exceed the $300 billion maximum at $400 billion so Bids at 1, 2 and 3 are granted and the 4 basis point bid is awarded 75% of the bid or $15 billion while the 5 basis point Bid is not awarded to allow the market to maintain its $300 billion Maximum.

Repurchase Agreement markets accompany a Stopout Rate and its the rate ” by evaluaton of total Bid Rates in ascending order by bids up to the point where total quantity of offers equals overall size limits. The purpose of the Stopout rate is to control the $300 billion market maximum. If sum of bids is greater than size limits, awards are allocated using a single price auction based on the Stopout Rate while bids below the Stopout Rate are granted on a pro rata basis.”

To understand current debt, the Congressional Budget Office reports released July 2014 states as a % of GDP, federal debt held by the public is 4.3 times greater than federal revenues. For 2014, Federal Spending was 20.4% Vs revenues of 17.6% , a minus 2.8% gap. Historic 40 year average revenues were always 17% of GDP but projected at 19% by 2039. But debt on current paths equates to 106% of GDP by 2039. Interest payments in 2014 was $231 billion or 1.3% of GDP and projected $799 billion in 2024 or 3.9% of GDP. Traditional insolvency methodology occurrs when Interest on Debt approaches upper teens. By end 2008, Fed debt held by the public was 39% of GDP and close to decades long average but end 2014 is expected to 74% of GDP and 2 times more than 2007 and higher than any year since 1950.

Deficits caused debt growth, projected at 74% of GDP or $506 Billion by end 2014. In 2009, deficits were 10% of GDP below the 40 year average and 2.9% for 2014 but $170 billion lower than 2013. Spending is expected to rise 2% to $3.5 trillion.

The all important Debt to Tax Ratio was 3.6% in 2009 and now hovers at + 4%. From 1980 – 2008, the Debt to Tax Ratio was 2% and held steady. If by 2039 debt to GDP at 106% with 19% revenues equates to a whopping Debt to Tax Ratio of 5.5%. Current Debt to Tax Ratio at 4% is the highest since the 1940’s while lows at 1.5% was seen in the 1970’s.

November 2014 monthly data based on Treasury information revealed Bills outstanding and held by the public comprised in millions 1, 438, 321 Vs 1, 626, 460 in October 2012. Notes in November 2014 comprised 8,182, 673 Vs 7, 320, 862 in October 2012. Bonds in November 2014 comprised 1, 563, 086 Vs 1, 296, 664 in October 2012. Total Fed holdings in millions: 2, 461, 625 as of November 2014. Bonds and Notes comprise the largest Fed holdings and are the prime tradeable instruments in Repo markets due to greater price fluctuations and ability to profit. Since Repo facilities trade durations are overnight, banks and money markets funds earn ability to profit from a higher overnight rate than what could be earned from a 1 month Treasury bill at current 0.02, 3 month Treasury at 0.01 and 6 month Bill at 0.08.

The Term Repo Facilities are expected to end by January 2015 particularly outlined by Fisher in recent speeches. A personal read of past Fed minutes reveals in my estimation the methodology to raise the Fed Funds rate would occur on a gradual scale by raising the Bid and Offer ranges within ON RRP and IOER. Once ranges were raised to acceptable levels to create a sufficient floor, a rate rise would occur imminently. But this assumption assumes ON RRP and IOER remain as more than the experiment as intended because actual trading of loans must be seen on a longer term scale. It also assumes the Fed owns another facility to control the Fed Funds rate as a policy more than a market rate for the foreseeable future. If the facilities remain, the guide to a Fed Funds hike should be found when Bid Rates are raised above the 5 year average at 0.12 but ultimately to 0.25 as is the present rate. A new floor is then created. The actual Fed Funds rate would be found on a 1/4 point rise between 0.50 – 1.62.

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HISTORY AUD, AUSTRALIA, MONETARY POLICY 1700 – PRESENT

Australia: The Early Years
 
 New South Wales was founded in 1770 by British explorer Captain James Cook, given its formal name and established as a legal colony in 1788. Later in 1863, the British separated the land to form further British colonies of Tasmania, South Australia, New Zealand, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Founded inside the borders of New South Wales is today’s capital, Canberra and most important city Sydney and would become vital components to Australia’s legal declaration as a nation in 1901, Australia’s central bank and AUD as a single free float currency. But the road for Australia to become the nation and currency we know today was not an easy journey.
 Imagine the early explorers revelation when they found New South Wales and Australia in particular with an abundance of natural resources such as Coal, Iron Ore, Tin, Nickel, Bauxite, Copper and later Gold, Silver, Natural Gas and Petroleum. Iron Ore was the first suspected resource identified by Captain Cook when his compass failed in many locations. He also found “not sand but deep black soil capable of producing any type of grain.” The problem wasn’t the natural resources but the system of trade.
 Early year complications included not only lack of banks and a central bank but a system of exchange and various currencies employed as a system of trade found severe shortages because currencies left the territory by way of merchant ships and residents spent currency only when the need arose. Various currencies deployed between 1780’s – 1814 was the Indian Rupee, Dutch Guilder, Spanish Real, British Sterlings ( Silver Pennies as the formal name) and internal barter of natural resources: Copper and Rum. Early Notes of credit termed Police Fund Notes and backed by the English Treasury were issued by banks but fear was notes were subject to and found counterfeiters. Police Fund Notes were just one type of note issuance during this period and all found problems. Not until the Spanish Holey Dollar became the first ever minted and legislated coin did Australia enter a new period because confidence was instituted in a currency with not only Government backing but a fractional dimension was introduced to understand a currency value to formally trade goods.
 The New South Wales government under then and well known Governor today, Lachlan Macquarie purchased 40,000 Spanish Reals due to the Real’s world dominance then and cut the center from the Reals to double the number of available coins. The coins were formally minted and known as Holey Dollars with official Australia backing and began circulating in 1814. The center of the coins became known as Colonial Dumps and were fixed at 15 Pence per Dump while the official Holey Dollar was Fixed at 5 Shillings per Holey Dollar. Again, shortages developed due to increased natural resource trade and growing populations so in came the British as they imposed the Sterling Standard throughout its vast empire.
 The British relieved the shortage pressures and 40 year attempt to institute an exchange system by legislating a Sterling currency in 1825 although accounts specify brisk trade of Sterling occurred as early as 1822. As the British introduced a new Gold piece and imposed the Gold Standard in 1821, all nations under its vast empire were subject to the new Sterling Standard. Australia was a prime target so approximately, 30,000 Pounds Silver arrived and it was here that began Australia’s long, long history as the Australian Pound that would span about 150 years.
 The term “about” was stated because evident throughout Australia’s history, legislation was always late to actual currency and other market developments. Changes in early Australia occurred as people movements or from those market participants that wished for adjustment so all demanded corrections from Australia’s government.
 Quite evident from modern day Reserve Bank Governor speeches from 1960 to present day is Australia is not only a very conservative government traditionally but market adjustments occurred slow and gradual with a need for consensus from government representatives. Consensus took time particularly in Australia as spirited political debate was always the norm and dates its history from its early beginnings. Legislation was never forward, it was always a response to market developments that were already implemented. With formal recognition of RBA true independence by Australia’s government in 1996 and with full powers to fully implement monetary policy independently, the ties between the RBA and Australia’s Treasury Department was severed.
 From 1825 until the 1966 decimal system was introduced and Australia’s end to the Pound Fix in 1967, the Australian currency was known as the Australian Pound. Official RBA accounts always addressed the Fix end as 1971 but 1967 began actual market trading with price swings from 1967 onwards. AUD/GBP would share a 150 year relationship. Two problems existed however, Australia wasn’t formally a nation and official adoption of a currency wasn’t legislated. The impetus in this relationship was Gold.
 Gold was found in the 1850’s and prosperity came to Australia. Banks were formed, populations grew and Gold coins were minted backed by Gold in circulation. Australia’s Museum of Currency Notes reports the population tripled to 3 million between 1858 – 1889 and banks saw an explosive increase. In 1851, 8 trading banks ( Commercial Banks, traditionally referred as trading banks by Australia) and 24 branches existed but by 1890, 33 new banks opened accompanied by branches that exceeded 1500. As depression occurred in the 1890’s due from credit booms, many banks failed but reopened later after Australia became a nation in 1901.
 
 As Australia’s six self governing British colonies voted and approved Federation, a constitution and ratified by the English Parliament in 1900, a new nation was born January 1901 when Australia adopted and called the new nation: Commonwealth of Australia. The new Commonwealth would include New South Wales, Tasmania, South and Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. The first Parliament would convene May 1901. The first acts of the new parliament was adoption and issue of a currency and notes with full government backing.
 
                   AUD History
 
From 1910 – the 1983 free float, AUD journeyed through first the Fix to AUD/GBP, Fixed to USD, Fixed to its TWI ( Trade Weight Index) then Fixed as a Crawling Peg to the TWI basket. Finally in 1983, the free float began and the free float was purely a clean float.
 
 Formal adoption of AUD adopted but not Fixed to GBP occurred with passage of the Australian Notes Act in September 1910 and the Australian Notes Tax Act in October 1910. The first ever official notes were issued in 1913 based on the British system where 12 Pence = 1 Shilling and 20 Shillings equates to 1 Pound. A 10% per annum or as the legislation states 10 Pounds per Centum tax was imposed on all bank notes issued or reissued by any bank in the Commonwealth. Consistent with Section 51, Subsection 12 of Australia’s constitution, the powers to coin and issue was placed under government Treasury Departments. No mention of a central bank and it is here why the RBA was not only slow to develop but slow to gain its independence once it was formed due from Treasury constitutional dominance.
 
                AUD/GBP
 
 AUD/GBP from March 31, 1919 – August 31, 2014, the historic trading range saw its lowest low at 0.3333 December 31, 2001 and highest high December 31, 1976 at 0.7824 with an opening price that day of 0.7458. Not only were both prices extreme rarities throughout AUD/GBP’s history but other Fix periods accounted for those price swings.
 The formal AUD/GBP Fix occurred June 30, 1931 at 0.3846 with a more formalized Fix one year later June 30, 1932 at 0.4000. The original 0.3846 Fix during this period means opening, high, low and closes remained the same price at 0.3846. Breakdowns in the Fix first appeared March 31 , 1932 as the market was moving towards the 0.4000  point. The 0.4000 point held as open, high, low and close from September 30,1932 – June 30, 1947, 15 years.
 A new Fix then developed September 30, 1952 at 0.3984 and held until December 31, 1967, 15 years. AUD/GBP trading ranges in the interim period from 1947 – 1952 hardly saw a 10 pip move on any given day. From June 30, 1931 – December 31 1967, AUD/GBP didn’t move nor saw a 10 pip price change on any given day in 36 years. Responsibility for  price movements was placed on Gold and Deflation.
 
 AUD/GBP from March 31, 1919 – 1931 Fix saw trading days of 20, 50 pips and a rare day March 31, 1920 at 441 pips. June 30, 1924 was another rare 123 pip day. The exchange rate was very stable between 0.4900 – 0.5200 but it was obvious June 30, 1930 the market was moving towards another period when AUD/GBP broke its 0.4900 range and opened the next day at 0.4700’s and then moved steadily down towards the 1931 Fix at 0.3846. The conundrums during this period were many but all involved GBP and the UK rather than Australia.
 If AUD/GBP traded between 0.4900 – 0.5200 then GBP/AUD ranged between 2.0408 – 1.9230. If AUD/GBP was moving towards the 0.3846 Fix then GBP/AUD was moving up to 2.6000.
 The period from 1870’s until 1931 was characterized as the Gold Standard where currencies were valued based on Gold prices. GBP left the Gold Standard in 1914 and 1916, returned in 1925 and formally left permanently in 1931. The explanation to spikes in AUD/GBP was characterized as times when GBP suspended then reentered the Gold Standard. The 1925 event was an actual devaluation of GBP/USD to its pre war rate at 4.86 and was called for by Churchill. When GBP permanently left the Gold Standard in 1931, all currencies free floated with wide price swings on any given day that ranged between 500, 1000, 1500 and even 2000 pip days.
 The UK saw higher exchange rates coming in times when serious deflation, deficits and debt was the order of the day for many nations due from WW1. To retain the Gold Standard wasn’t the way to assist to alleviate its many economic problems due to small movements in exchange rates versus Gold. What the UK didn’t see during this period was all nations suffered serious economic effects and had acceptable exchange rate prices for their currencies to export goods and regain economic health. This led to true currency wars where nations engaged in destruction of the next nation’s exchange rate to gain export advantage. The Tripartite Agreement was signed in 1936 by all nations and all agreed not to engage in “Competitive Devaluations” of the next nation’s exchange rate.
 The UK devalued twice more during Australia’s Fix period. In 1947, GBP/USD was devalued 30% from 4.03 – 2.80 while Australia revalued AUD/GBP higher to 0.4600’s. In 1967, GBP/USD devalued yet again and it was here where Australia ended its Fix to AUD/GBP in favor of its next period.
 For Australia and the AUD/GBP Fix period, it can only be classified as smart, yet protective and possibly defensive. If a currency is Fixed, it means budgets are also fixed at specific levels. But just as GBP went through devaluations Vs USD, Australia was fighting another battle with USD because AUD was also fixed to the United States Dollar.
 
                              AUD/USD
 
 Officially, AUD/USD was fixed to USD from 1945 – 1971 and became the center of RBA Monetary policy during this period because RBA policy was adjusted based on USD monetary policy to protect the exchange rate. The Fix period ended December 30, 1971 but the start date is questionable because more than one Fix price was observed throughout the early 1940’s. The key to understand the early and middle 1940’s is the Bretton Woods Fixed exchange rate to $35 per ounce Gold system was signed in July 1944 and implemented so the market possibly was pricing various peg adjustments. Consider as well Fix prices were only allowed a 1% deviation fluctuation above or below by Bretton Woods agreements.
 From 1940 – 1943, the Fix price was 1.6100, 1943 – 1945 saw a Fix price of 1.6080. 1945 – 1949 experienced another 1.6100 Fix while 1949 – 1971 set the Fix at 1.1200. From 1949 – 1971, AUD/USD traded somewhere not far from 1.1200 but spent most of its life at 1.1100’s. Because of the Fix Pegged system beginning about 1940, exchange rate prices saw again 20 and 50 pip trading days for 31 years. To understand the context for Australia, the early years must be viewed.
 From 1919 – June 30, 1931, AUD/USD ranged from 2.4300, 2.2200, 2.2300 and eventually winded its way down to 1.8000 by June 1931. Then the Fix prices at 1.6100’s began in the 1940’s. From 1919 – 1931, price swings of 500, 1000, 1500 even 2000 pip days were common. If the 2.4300, 2.4000 highs are considered from 1919 and 1920, AUD/USD has embarked on a 95 year downtrend if today’s 0.9300 price is further considered. 
 
                         AUD/USD and TWI
 
 As the Gold Standard was lifted formally by the 1971 Smithsonian Agreement in December 1971 and officially in 1973 by United States President Richard Nixon, currencies again free floated after a 33 year hiatus. Nations then began adoption of Trade Weight Indices to understand prices of their own currencies versus other nations for import and export and contractual purposes. AUD was fixed daily to the US Dollar based on its Trade Weight Index number then to the trade weight basket as their next experiments. But as a reminder from Australia’s early days when currency shortages occurred, Australia maintained an Exchange Control Policy. Limits were placed on number of shares owned by foreigners, restrictions on foreign owned financial companies, import and export controls, registration of foreign banks, foreign currency amounts crossing borders. When AUD free floated in 1983, all Exchange Controls were lifted that derived primarily from the Banking and Foreign Exchange Regulation Act of 1959. The primary message to markets, investors and the world was capital controls were lifted and Australia was open for business.
 
 AUD/USD was next Fixed daily to USD based on its Trade Weight Index from officially September 1974 – 1976. The Fix period began in 1974 at 1.4825 and saw lows of 1.0005 but when the time ended is unknown because of the massive swing in prices and because the period ended only to roll into the next TWI Fix period. End time speculation derives from the 1976 Fraser Government’s desire to devalue AUD against Treasurer Keating’s objections. A long fight ensued regarding devaluation with a win for Prime Minister Fraser but how much and when the devaluation occurred is not seen in the markets.  A view of trading days during this period fails to reveal a sustained Fix price based on open, high, low and closing prices. What was seen only was large price swings daily. Part of the price swing reasons may be due to ending of Bretton Woods and abandonment of the Gold Fixed Peg system in 1973.
 The TWI experiment ended in favor of the Fix to the larger TWI basket. This would be termed a variable or Crawling Peg. The Crawling Peg would become the mainstay system from 1976 until AUD/USD was formally free floated December 1983 at 0.8975. RBA head Glenn Stevens in a 2013 speech credits the free float price at 0.9000. The 1976 Fix saw price swings on any given day at about 500 pips.
 
       From Pound to Dollar
 
 Formal separation as the Australian Pound was completed in 1966 with passage of the Currency Act of 1965 from Pounds to the present name Australian Dollar. Shillings, Pounds and Pence  were converted to a new 100 cent decimal system with a  conversion rate at unofficial estimates of 2 AUD = 1 GBP. Since Australia’s Monetary Policy was closely tied to USD, it was also vital to Australia’s economic health to price AUD higher than USD.
 
              AUD/USD The Free Float
 
 After 203 years since Australia was founded in 1770, AUD free floated and allowed for the first time in history that monetary policy was not set by exchange rates. Early free float years however was characterized as holding AUD/USD’s values.

                         AUD Free Float Interventions.
 
 The early years of AUD/USD were characterized as interventions particularly 1989 and 1990 when the RBA intervened 145 and 111 times but serially spread over the years. In 1989 for example, the RBA intervened in 11 of 12 months and over a series of days. June 1989 saw 18 interventions, September 1989 saw 19 interventions. This pattern would repeat itself throughout 1990. Factor 253 United States trading days and 254 for Australia, the RBA was in the market over half of the trading days in 1989 and almost half of every trading day in 1990. The first intervention occurred in 1985.
 Based again on the 2013 Stevens speech because RBA intervention data dates to 1989, the first major intervention occurred November 1985 then July 1986 “when AUD/USD fell 38% in 18 months and threatened to fall further”. The third intervention occurred the following year in January 1987. 
  The 1980’s was classified as volatile due because the Plaza Accords were agreed and signed September 1985 to depreciate the US Dollar and Australia was not a signatory nor invited to the talks because they weren’t a member of the then G-7 nations. The G-7 nations reconvened two years later to sign the Louvre Accords in February 1987 to stop the decline of the US Dollar. The second volatility consequence was Australia’s government under Bob Hawke’s Australia Labor Party proposed in 1984 and implemented in 1985 to remove interest rate ceilings on loans and deposits as part of a larger financial deregulation of Australia’s finance and bank system introduced in the 1981 Campbell Report.
  Australia and AUD/USD suffered the effects as December 31,1984, AUD/USD opened at 0.8320, traded its lowest low December 31 1986 at 0.6308 and opened at 0.7105 December 31, 1987. AUD/GBP opened at 0.7125 March 31, 1985 and by December 31, 1987, opened at 0.4391. By the 1990’s, interventions would continue.
 From 1991 – 1998, interventions progressively decreased from the 1991 high of 57 to the 1997 low of 2 and 12 in 1998.
 Beginning in the 2000’s decade, 2000 saw 17 interventions while 2001 experienced 19. From 2001 to present day, the RBA intervened only as a result of the United States August 2008 Housing crisis. Then, the RBA intervened once in 2007 and nine times in October and November 2008. AUD/USD July 2007 experienced a market price of 0.9838 then saw a drop to 0.6021 by October 2008. Interventions since 2008 ended although three recent speeches by RBA head Stevens mentioned AUD/USD’s overvaluation and the July 2014 RBA Minutes revealed AUD/USD was not only overvalued based on “historical standards” but commodity prices were also low. The point regarding commodity prices is vitally important to understand AUD, its early free float and interventions.
 Along with the free float, a discussion originated in the 1984 -1985 Australian Parliament to understand AUD’s type of currency. An official Government report was released and revealed AUD moved in the markets based on its exports of Commodities. Then, Australia was exporting primary products of Wheat, Coal and Petroleum but importing less manufacturing products. The suggestion to smooth the exchange rate was import more manufacturing products. As time progressed, exports of commodities and various types grew exponentially to the point exports in the last 10 years comprise 55% of total exports and account for 11% of GDP.
 From the 1984 -1985 period is when work began to construct Australia’s Index of Commodity Prices but the overall discussions began as a result of the 11.07 billion Current Account deficit in 1984 – 1985 and 14.50 in 1985 – 1986. AUD then became known informally as a Commodity Currency and various commodities important to Australia began a close tracking of prices in relation to exchange rates because exports from free float beginnings were exported in either AUD, USD or Special Drawing Rights. Why the “informal” mention of AUD as a commodity currency is in its formal yet historic definition. A true commodity currency is money backed by gold as opposed to fiat money backed by the economy. While AUD was on the Gold Standard, it was truly a commodity currency but shifted to Fiat as the free float began.
 Whether the RBA has an explicit intervention policy is unknown but the common theme throughout Australia’s years is interventions occur when Fundamentals are not aligned to the exchange rate. Part of the fundamentals concern commodity prices as much as balance of payments and other economic releases. A high exchange rate in light of low commodity prices is as much ground for intervention as much as an exchange rate misaligned to any economic release but the focus is primarily commodity prices. The historic assumption since the free float is a high exchange rate in AUD/USD occurs when Australia’s natural resources are demanded and a low exchange rate when commodity prices are low. Traditional RBA intervention practice is verbal warnings are issued directly to market participants then intervention follows.
 
                AUD/USD Long Term Averages
 
 If the December 1983 post float average at 0.7626 is considered, AUD/USD is not only not overvalued but the calculated target is 0.8928 and is well within the distribution between 1.1532 – 0.8503.
 If averages from 1970 and 1971 at 0.8861 and 0.8802 are factored, AUD/USD is vastly oversold with targets at 1.1190 and 1.1125. Both average distributions lie within neutral zones between 0.8076 – 0.8645 and 0.8019 – 0.9584. The common theme among the three averages is bottoms are found at 0.8076, 0.8064 and 0.8019.
 Between 25 and 20 year averages at 0.7643 and 0.7696, targets become 0.9226 and 0.9028 and neither average is oversold / overbought as prices trade middle range inside both distributions. Prices at 0.8109 and 0.8211 must break to see lower prices.
 The 14 year average at 0.7990 targets 0.9680 and price lies inside a distribution between 0.9129 – 1.3060.
 The 10 year average at 0.8806 targets 0.9976 and price lies between the distribution at 0.9594 – 1.2315. A break of 0.9200 in the neutral zone reveals a new shorter term distribution would fall between 0.8806 -0.9200.
The 5 year average at 0.9732 targets 0.9068 and prices are within a distribution between 0.9732 – 0.9284.
 The common theme within a 5- 55 year historic walk is all averages lie beneath present prices except the 5 year and all remaining averages are not threatened by breaks anytime soon. Further, all averages are either vastly oversold or approaching middle bounds between oversold and overbought. As the world regains its economic composure once again, AUD/USD has the potential to see far higher prices over time.
 
             Monetary Policy
 
 Australia’s Monetary Policy foundation began with passage of the 1911 Commonwealth Bank Act, a main bank in Australia  today. The bank was established with 1 million Australian Pounds where bank profits were distributed between a Reserve and Redemption fund.
 The RBA was born from early Commonwealth Bank beginnings and the relationship growth between Reserve and Redemption. Not until passage of the 1959 Commonwealth Bank and Reserve Bank Acts would the RBA receive official birth when the Commonwealth bank was split into the Commonwealth Banking Corporation and the RBA became a separate entity.
 Issues regarding the Commonwealth Bank’s Reserve and Redemption Funds was seen in the 1920 Notes Act when issuance of Australia’s notes became the sole domain of the Commonwealth Bank from Australia’s Treasury Department’s origin as originator. A Note Issue Department was established and existed until 1924 when a Bank Board was created to issue Notes. The Bank Board would exist to issue Notes for the next 35 years until the RBA would assume control in 1959 / 1960 under a formal Reserve Bank Board created by the Bank Act of 1959. The move would become the first formal powers toward an independent Central Bank despite calls dating to the 1920’s when questions arose regarding exchange rates, credit, size and scope of Notes issuance, budget amounts and Australia wasn’t on the Gold Standard then. Many problems existed in the early 1920’s but essentially the Commonwealth Bank was the Bank for the Australia Government from 1920 – 1960. The 1945 Bank Act allowed Commonwealth Bank to pursue a monetary policy with goals to achieve currency stability, full employment and prosperity. Further, the 1945 Act allowed Commonwealth Bank to pursue a monetary policy “beyond Australia if necessary”. By passage of the 1951 Banking Act, monetary policy transferred to a board. The 1953 Bank Act not only affirmed rate of interest would remain the same but it was illegal for Gold to leave Australia. Monetary policy began due to the Reserve and Redemption funds however slow.
 Monetary policy was again a slow and gradual process until 1976. The focus from the 1920’s – 1970’s regarded fixed exchange rates coupled with Fiscal policy. The 1930’s experienced depression and war, GDP for example dropped 10% in 1931. The late 1930’s addressed questions of Macroeconomics in the Australian Parliament and resulted in a 1937 Royal Commission report. Over 200 economists testified regarding adoption of various macroeconomic policies prudent for Australia such as recommendations for Keynesian economic policies, high versus low taxes, free float versus fixed exchange rates, independent central bank, control interest rates, allowance of private sector growth vs government growth, regulation and non regulation of banks. Testimonies spanned a large spectrum of economic issues.
 Budgets however were fluid over the years particularly during the early periods through various devaluations of GBP and its effects to Australia. The 1947 GBP devaluation was still seen in the 1950 Australian Parliament for example when the devaluation was prominent regarding Australia’s proposals to export Wool and ability to obtain its proper price based on Australia’s exchange rate. 
 Fiscal policy and taxes in relation to fund government budgets became a mandatory tool particularly when Interest Rate Controls were placed on Australian Government Bonds. Monetary policy was first seen in the 1970’s when reform slowly began and for the RBA to obtain independence, it was first seen in removal of interest rate ceilings.
                                         
                                             Interest Rates
 
 Until September 1973 when interest rate ceilings were removed on Certificate of Deposits, interest rate controls were enforced on bank deposits, interest charged on loans and maturities on term deposits. By 1980, full interest rate ceilings and fixed deposits were removed but most important was banks entered the market fully to compete for overnight funds. The overnight Cash Rate began trading in May 1976 with actual Cash Rate targets first seen in August 1990. Once removal of bank restrictions to raise funds less than 14 days was implemented in 1984, Australia’s interest rate markets were fully developing. For example, interest rate ceilings were removed on bank loans less than 100,000, interest was paid on large deposits held less than 14 days and small deposits less than 30 days. Term deposits increased longer than four years. Despite the transfer of power to set the overnight interest rate from the Bank Board to the RBA, responsibilities and independence would not implement fully due to the gradual process to trade Bank Bills.
 Bank Bills are security investments ranging from 1 -180 days. Two forms exist, Bank Accepted Bills and Bank Endorsed Bills. A Bank Accepted Bill is a Bill of Exchange and accepted by banks where banks pay face value at maturity. A Bank Endorsed Bill is a Bill of Exchange endorsed by the bank. Simplistically, Bank Bills today are Bank Accepted Bills that comprise negotiable Certificates of Deposit that range from 30, 90 and 180 day terms and are by far the most important interest rates in Australia to understand the term structure of interest rate paths. The overnight rate is also vital but its a 1 day rate and assists in the daily view of interest rate paths.
 When interest rate ceilings were removed, only the 90 day Bank Bill was available for trade and its trade data dates to 1969. The 30 and 180 day Bank Bills began trade in July 1992 and the Cash Rate Target began trading August 1990. To understand Australia’s interest rate paths was only to view the Overnight Cash Rate and the 90 day Bank Bill. Viewed together, both contained wide variations.
 Consistent with 1900’s Swedish economist Knut Wiksell and his Neutral Interest Rate viewed from 20 – 50 years to understand an economy’s economic context, Australia’s current 90 day Bank Bill rate is far below the Neutral interest rate. The 20 year average is found at 5.33, 25 year at 6.13, post 1983 free float at 7.67 and since 1969, 8.44. Targets range from 3.27 – 4.22 and price at 2.63 is approaching bottoms. If any wonder existed how AUD/USD would see far higher levels, its found in Bank Bills because Australia’s economy seen from interest rates is underperforming.
 The point of reference is the RBA doesn’t disclose nor offers information regarding its Neutral Interest rate but not only does New Zealand employ the 90 day Bank Bill as its Neutral Interest Rate but its the rate suggested by  Wiksell and employed by many nations today.
 
                            Monetary Policy
 
 Australia’s Parliamentary authorities realized early in the 1970’s world economics as a whole was headed towards interdependence particularly under a free float exchange rate system where nation’s were most interested in protecting and properly aligning currency prices versus the next nation. Exchange rate markets journeyed full circle from the 1920’s volatility to fixed periods, Gold Standards and to outright destruction of another nation’s exchange rate. 
 Interdependence was an economic system where all nations would adopt the same policies as the next nation but accompanied with certain twists and tweeks in each nation. Economics in its own right also adopted a full circle approach from serious deflation in the 1930’s to exhorbitantly high inflation in the 1970’s. The 1930’s witnessed government controlled Keynesian policies while the 1970’s experienced monetarism to target and adjust money supplies. Australia was no different in this regard as they first adopted discretionary budgets.
 
                      Monetary Policy 1971 – 1985.
 
 Monetary Policy from 1971 – 1976 was classified as discretionary budgets. If Real spending growth by CPI is a gauge, 1975 -1976 was the only negative cash balance year within the period.
 From 1976 – 1985, Australia adopted a monetary policy titled Monetary Targets where the target was M3 money and set by the Treasury. In light of interdependence, the United States, Germany, England and Switzerland all adopted Monetary targets.
 The goal was reduce inflation but targets missed every year except 1981 so Inflation rose, GDP dropped and large budget deficits were seen. Budget deficits would result in deficit spending to borrow monies by selling more bonds to cover the deficit gap. To borrow money while in deficit results in money printing and results in printing spirals as more and more bonds are sold with interest rate controls to cover increasing gaps. By 1985, M3 rose to 17.5%.
 
  1993 – Present Inflation Targets
 
 RBA head Ian Macfarlane’s 1998 speech highlights the next economic experiment termed Inflation Targets. New Zealand again took the lead in 1990 and led the world on the path to Inflation Targets followed by Canada in February 1991, the UK in 1992, Sweden, Finland and Australia in 1993.
 The target is the “price path with the goal to maintain price stability by anchoring Inflation over time versus price changes”. The objective would become price Inflation or simply CPI, the Consumer Price Index. Why New Zealand is because New Zealand as a leading central bank was the first to revamp CPI indices so they adopted Inflation targets in line with newly revamped CPI Indices.
 Australia defines and implements its Inflation Targets as an average rate of increase in CPI of 2% – 3% over a medium term. A medium term further defined in both Macfarlane and Stevens speeches is if Inflation has a 2 in front of it over time, Inflation is on track.
 Real Spending Growth by CPI since 1993 experienced negative Cash Balances from 1993 – 1998 then positive from 1998 – 2001 and negative 2002. From 2003 – 2008, cash balances were positive then began negative years between 2009 – 2014. Current CPI is 3% and at upper end of target.
 Upon the formal adoption of Inflation Targets in 1996, the RBA was officially recognized as an independent central bank.
 
                        Trade Balance
 
 Since 1980, Australia as well as the United States experienced negative Current Accounts. Neither has been positive since 1980 and remained well below the all important 0 line. Over a longer horizon, Australia’s Current Account has been negative since 1959 and is now slowly approaching the 0 line. Top four export nations in the last four years in order is China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. Top four import nations are China, United States, Japan and Singapore. Top five two way trade is found between China, Japan, United States, Korea and Singapore. Iron Ore is the number one export followed by Coal, Natural Gas and Gold. Iron Ore is employed to make Steel so its obvious exports head to growing nations to build buildings, tunnels and bridges. Only since 2010 has Australia’s trade shifted to Asian nations.
 
                      Australia 10 Year Yield
 
 The most important Bond yield for Australia is the 10 year. The current 10 year average of the 10 year yield is 4.95 and its highest price seen in the last 10 years is 6.81 and lowest price was 2.68. Traditionally, as long as the 10 year Australia bond Yield is above the United States 10 year yield, AUD/USD is a long and short upon Australia yields below the United States. The current 10 year yield average for the United States 10 year bond yield is 2.72. The current Australia yield is 3.37 and 2.34 for the United States.
 
                Budget Years
 
 Australia’s Fiscal year begins July 1 – June 30. How and why budget years began in this time frame is unknown. The UK’s Fiscal year begins April 1 – March 31. One would note the many references to December throughout the text. December is almost the half year point and a popular month historically to adjust interest rates.
 
 FIX Price
 
A currency Fix price began under the early Gold Standards where a currency price was fixed by Government, bank or currency board to the Gold price. Generally the Spot rate was employed as the basis for any Fix price. Under free floating exchange rates, governments and central banks found creativity by fixing currency prices to Trade weight indices, another nation’s currency, a currency board, Trade weight baskets or free float but manage the price heavily as it trades. In Australia’s early years in the 1920’s free float, bank cartels in London negotiated the Fix price. Today, central banks employ and decide a Fix price daily based on Spot prices and usually in conjunction with its domestic banks. Australia releases its Fix price at 10:00 a.m. promptly Australia time. 

AUD and Monetary Policy

The enemy of any central bank since 1970’s interdependence is the business or any cycle that deviates from economic projections. Inflation Targeting as a policy is here to stay for the foreseeable future because to control inflation controls GDP, employment and interest rates within small channels. Its a top down approach but one that has served central banks well since the high 1970’s inflationary periods. If the yield curve is viewed as an inflation curve then Inflation Targeting has the effect to also control exchange rates within small ranges. As long as Inflation holds within projections, central banks can extend economic periods far into the future. They conquered what they sought to control since the industrial revolution and its not market friendly to volatility but it may ensure trends remain and more certain. But no policy last forever, its periodic. A note on cycles.
The United States 1982 Official Gold report reveals since the 1500’s, the gold versus paper currency standard reigns in each period about 50 years. Governments spend in excess and can’t repay paper currency debts so Gold periods reign. Once a need exists for governments to spend in excess of Gold to currency Fixes, paper currency floating becomes the order of the day. If 1971 is the beginning of floating exchange rates, 2014 marks the 43rd year.
Within 50 year periods derives market crashes such as the 1998 Russian Rouble crisis, 94 / 95 Mexican Peso and 1997 Thai Baht crisis. The 2008 United States housing collapse was a market crash.
Australia never causes nor will cause a crash rather they suffer the effects but they also are resiliently able to weather any storm. Australia’s dilemma is commodity cyclicality and negative balance of payments. Commodities cycle with economic growth and its reflected in its balance of payments. Now that the RBA has true independence, they are capable of staying ahead of any curve.
AUD as a currency is equally resilient. Many view AUD as a cousin to NZD when in fact, AUD is more a Euro than NZD. Its construction, trading ranges and possible deviations are more aligned to the Euro than NZD. As time progresses, AUD will be much more widely accepted as the currency that weathered every economic and currency storm over a 203 year period.

 
 Despite quite a monetary, exchange rate and nationhood journey,  Australia after 115 years since 1901 fought the hard fight and won.

PUBLISHED FX TRADER MAGAZINE
 
   Brian Twomey, INSIDE THE CURRENCY MARKET, btwomey.com
 
 Sources and special thank you’s for information assistance for this article include the following: Australia National Archives, Australia Coin Museum, Australia Government Comm Law to read legislation and 1937 Royal Commission, Wallis and Campbell Reports,  Australia Parliament – House of Representatives –Inquiry into the Australian Banking Industry January 1991,  Australia Bureau of Statistics, Australia Government to read budgets and Parliament Texts, RBA, Scholars Selwyn Cornish and William Coleman regards Note Act 1920 Australia National University, RBA Bulletins Stevens and Macfarlane speeches, RBA Bulletin 2002 for TWI, Ric Battellino and Nola McMillan regards Interest Rate ceilings RBA 1989, Primeministers.naa.gov.au, captaincooksociety.com, James Cook daily writings National Library Association nla.gov.au
 
 United States: Tradingeconomics.com, Special special thank you to Global Financial Data, Australia Embassy Washington D.C, Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies Georgetown University Washington D.C., William Coleman University of Tasmania regards Note Issue 1920 Cato Institute Journal Washington D.C. publication date unknownBottom of Form, L, ll, , ,
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EUR/USD Through 24 Hour Cycle

EUR/USD 24 hour Cycle

The EUR/USD begain Fed Day, Wednesday January 28th, 2015 with an opening price Fixed and set by the ECB at 1.1344. That price formally opened American market trading for not just the Euro but for 32 currency pairs and ? 496 possible currency paired combinations. The 8:30 ECB Fix opened American currency markets since its inception in London in ? 1800’s. Its no coincidence the Fix price coincides with major American market news. The purpose was to ensure price volatility occurs to allow deals to get done at certain prices.

Markets then trade until not only the 10:00 am minor American economic news but the Gold price is Fixed for the EUR, GBP and USD by the London Market Buillion Association.

Markets again trade until the GBP Fix at 11:am. GBP/USD is most affected at this time as well as GBP/EUR, EUR/USD and all GBP pairs. The EUR/USD was Fixed at 1.1337.

At 12:00 Noon, the Fed conducts Currency Swap deals with Central banks and the Bank of Canada completes its “‘Noon Day” by Fixing its exchange rates. EUR/CAD is affected at “Noon Day”.

12:30 begins the FED exchange rate Fix. Wednesday the EUR/USD was Fixed at 1.1286.

The EUR/USD is clear again to trade until the 2:00 p.m. Bond market close. Then price becomes vulnerable until the 5:00 p.m. close.

New Zealand and Australian markets then begin trading but EUR/USD is affected only to the extent the RBA and RBNZ Fixes NZD/EUR and AUD/EUR.

EUR/USD next major event is the Beijing FIX that occurs at 9:30 am Beijing, 8:30 p.m. New York time. Beijing Fixed the EUR/USD at 1.1289.

Singapore and Kuala Lumpur next Fix the EUR/USD at 11:00 am, 10: p.m. New York time. The EUR/USD was Fixed Wednesday at 1.1283.

Manila opens 30 minutes later. The 11:30 am, 10:30 p.m.New York time Manila opening then Fixes the EUR/USD. Wednesday the Fix price was 1.1276.

30 minutes later, Jakarta and Bangkok Fixes the EUR/USD at 11:00 am, 11:00 p.m. New York. Both took the EUR/USD down to 1.1276 and the same as Manila.

Seoul is up next with the 2:00 p m, 12;00 Midnight Fix. Wednesday Seoul Fixed the EUR/USD at 1.1269.

Tokyo is next with the 3:00 p.m. Tokyo, 1:00 am New York Fix. Wednesday Tokyo Fixed the EUR/USD at 1.1274.

30 minutes later Mumbai opens and Fixes the EUR/USD at 12:00 p.m., 1:30 a.m. New York. Mumbai fixed the EUR/USD at 1.1279.

European markets open at 3:00 am New York and an advantage to EUR/USD traders because all prices worldwide are known. But trading is clear until the 5:30 am New York time Gold Fix again. Gold is again Fixed to EUR, GBP and USD.

The last major event to complete the cycle is the 11:00 a.m. London, 6:00 am New York time Libor Fix. This time prepares the remainder of the day to the 8:30 am ECB Fix. A new trading day then begins.

Brian Twomey, Inside the Currency Market, btwomey.com

HISTORY CURRENCY AND GOLD FIX

History of the Currency and Gold Fix

The first formal Currency Fix in the modern day began in conjunction with the advent of not only the London Bullion Markets Association but the Gold Fix in 1919. The concurrence of both fixes would form not only the foundation to modern day markets but the 96 year tradition continues each and everyday as markets trade because the Fixes offer market reference prices. Gold is Fixed today twice daily at 6:30 am and 11:00 A.M.. . New York time in Euros, British Pounds and US dollars. The Gold Fix in each currency offers, past and present, a reference price, a trade able market rate, a basis to price other assets and market instruments and offers a means to finance world trade. More importantly, Fix prices in Gold, currency or both offers stability in markets but also offers the same trade able market rate to price other assets, to finance positions and world trade. But Gold is not the only Fix since the LBMA Fixes Silver, Platinum and Palladium.

Throughout history, the currency Fix is a price that shared either a dual relationship in relation to Gold and Silver or an adverse alliance as currency prices free floated. In Gold and Silver standard periods as was the prevailing market practice in the UK empire and Europe from the 1700’s – 1850’s, currencies were priced and remains the tradition today as GOLD/Currency ( UK ) or Silver/Currency ( Europe). When massive piles of Gold was found in Brazil in the early 1700’s and Australia, California and South Africa in the 1850’s and 1860’s, all nations shipped the Gold to the faults at the Bank of England and later processed by newly created Gold refineries. Not only was the Bank of England the conduit to Gold sales to banks but they ensured only the best Gold bars would be accepted in the market. A total of five companies would dominate but also manage the Gold Fix from 1919 to 2004 when Barclays bought the seat due to a sale by one of the founding firms. Domination of the five companies in earlier years would come to be known as the Cartel, Cartels, London Cartel. As the Bank of England relieved themselves of the Gold responsibility, the London Buillion Markets Association was formed in 1987.The Gold Fix was born but a birth that maintained a fixed exchange rate organization due from Gold Standard Systems.

If a Gold Standard system is understood as a regulation of not only Fixed exchange rates in relation to Gold for any domestic currency and subsequent currency exchanges then Gold Standards is also the regulation of a fixed price level and money supply system for any nation. The system maintained economic stability from the 1880’s to WW1 in 1914. The United States fixed Gold in US Dollars at 20.67 in 1834, formally adopted Gold as a standard by the Gold Standard Act of 1900 and raised the Fix price to $35 per ounce in 1933. The UK Fixed Gold at 3.17 oer ounce. WW1 saw a breakdown of the system particularly as it related to trade from the US and UK perspectives.

Both the US and the UK experienced trade deficits or an outflow of Gold as their Gold reserves were exchanged for currencies. This caused the UK to suspend the Gold Standard from 1914 – 1925 and a permanent suspension in 1931. Many nations were affected due because of the Pegged exchange rate many shared with GBP. South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Egypt, India, Australia are the few notables including Japan when the Bank of Japan Fixed JPY to GBP/JPY from the 1920’s – 1930’s. All currencies except JPY was known formally throughout history as South Africa Pound, Canadian Pound, Australia, New Zealand and Egytian Pound. All were fixed to GBP. Egypt still retains its formal name as Egyptian Pound and was fixed to GBP at 0.975. The US maintained the largest stockpile of Gold so wasn’t affected as badly as the UK.

While Gold still maintained the daily Fix from 1919, the currency breakdown was seen throughout the 1920’s as exchange rates on any given day experienced 500, 1000, 1500 and even 2000 pip daily price changes.The factor that caused such volatility was known as the :Par Exchange Rate”. If US Gold was Fixed at $20.67 per ounce and GBP at 3.17 or 10.5 per ounce then the Par Exchange Rate for GBP/USD was Fixed at 4.8379. If a currency such as AUD/USD at 1919 prices is offered then AUD/USD was priced at 2.3790 and its value at two times didn’t equate to 1 GBP. Further, AUD/GBP was quoted in 1919 prices at 0.4980 or 2.0090 GBP and far less than the stated Gold /GBP Fix at 3.17. AUD/GBP reached a 1920 high of 0.5235 or 1.9102 GBP’s. Enormous volatility occurred due to various Fix prices between and among currencies, price imbalances from the Fix and a demand vs supply issue when economic trade is factored into the equations.

Gold and Currencies share an alliance when the world standard is focused on economic stability to maintain fixed money supplies and price levels. All are fixed. But a new system emerged particularly, because the Gold Fix was suspended from 1939 – 1954, where currencies were pegged to each other or Pegged to a reserve currency. The US Dollar was the preeminemt Peg for most nations, GBP secondary. This new system began in the 1930’s as exchange rates barely saw a 10 pip movement on any given day and formalized as the Bretton Woods system in 1944. A 1% Band plus or minus was instituted for exchange rate movements and held perfectly until the free float in 1971. Further, nations such as France and Germany left the Gold Standard in 1936 so assisted this new periodic change.

When currency prices free floated, Gold and Currency prices completely separated. The Gold Fix remained as the normal daily Gold Fix as XAU/USD, XAU/GBP and XAU/EUR and all traveled one way while currency prices traveled another way. The Gold Fix price became a market risk measure Vs its currency counterpart pairs. From an economic perspective, Gold and currencies separate when nations agree to inflate money supplies and allow the free float demand and supply of markets to determine its price.

The currency Fix price had to factor as a separate financial instrument so nations instituted either Banking Associations or central banks directly determined a daily Fix price for not only their own currencies but a whole slate of currencies pertinent to that particular nation in trade terms or by use of Trade Weight Indices for G10 nations. The New Zealand Central Bank for example Fixes 17 currencies as NZD/other currency. The European Banking Federation manages bid and ask Fix prices but allows the ECB to calculate and report Fix prices for 23 currencies as EUR/Other Currency. The RBI in India calculates its own exchange rates. The Financial Markets Department in the BOJ calculates and releases Fix prices for USD/JPY, EUR/USD and EUR/JPY. Every nation is different and most important is no two nations are the same.

Fix prices are released at different times each day. The EUR/USD for example is Fixed 10 times per 24 hour trading cycle and 11 times if the US close is factored. Luckily for the EUR, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore as well as Jakarta and Bangkok are always Fixed together or two additional Fix prices would add to the list. Tokyo Fixes its currency prices after Japan market closes at 3 P.M.Tokyo to price its currencies in perfect time for European market openings at 7 A.M. Frankfurt or 2 A.M. New York. Seoul Fixes its currencies at 2 P.M. Seoul or 6 A.M Frankfurt but always before Tokyo so a daily battle ensues between Tokyo and Seoul to allow the respective Fix price to occur conducive to Tokyo or Seoul. Because Tokyo Fixes occur after Seoul, Tokyo always wins unless Tokyo is on holiday. Some nations win, others lose in the currency Fix price matrix due to times respective markets open and close, relationship to other nations and its geography in the market cycle.

What exist today as the Currency Fix is the result of not only a coordinated price that exist from central bank to central bank but hardly a deviance exist in the prices. The reason for cooperation is because Fix prices are set in small channels and it holds the currency price in small ranges from market to market. Its like the Bretton Woods 1% fluctuation band. If currency wars truly existed such as what occurred in the 1930’s to outright destroy another nation’s currency then central banks would fight harder for an acceptable price. Instead, cooperation exists, not collussion but cooperation since formulas to calculate Fix prices reveal small movements from market to market. The only manner to argue currency wars is if large price swings are seen market to market. The currency war would then become a true price war. More importantly, not until the 1980’s and the January 1986 introduction of Libor did the world realize that exchange rates must be viewed as an interest rate.

A Total of 10 currencies were fixed in London known then as British Bankers Association Libor. It was the world standard Fix price as the premiere trade able market rate. From Libor developed currency swaps, Forwards, options European and American, Barrier Options, renewed interest in Eurodollars, yield curves, bonds, ETF’s, Futures, repos, Commercial paper and pure interest rate instruments.The list of financial instruments that developed from the Fix comprises a whole host of instruments with an interest rate focus. Its quite the opposite to what the Gold Fix was about just a few years prior. But then markets began to develop the same instruments but for a longer term. Currency Forwards, Swaps, Eurodollars are viewed and traded 10 and 20 years out, Bonds and Yields for 30.

From the Libor Scandal, five nations refuse to participate in Libor any longer. Those currencies are CAD, SEK, DKK, AUD and NZD. While five nations remain due to importance of monetary policy to Libor such as USD, JPY, CHF, GBP and EUR. What central banks realized is currency Fixes facilitates easier by use of its own internal interest rates. Libor factored to the currency may experience 1000, 1500 or even 2000 pip ranges. By elimination of Libor, central banks manage exchange rates in shorter ranges. A pegged exchange rate to a small central parity band such as DKK eliminates the need for Libor. For central banks. its all about the management of exchange rates in relation to their own economic systems.

Many nations don’t participate in Libor such as India and most Asian nations because their markets are closed by the Libor Fix.Japan qualified itself long ago as its foray to Western markets when it participated in the Gold Fix and later pegged to GBP/JPY. The Japanese London connection remains strong and viable today. Due to lack of Libor participation, nations then relied on overnight rates as either a Libor replacement or as an exchange rate management tool to hold the exchange rate price in place while respective markets are closed. Again, its a time factor to consider. A nation such as CAD benefits from US markets because of the exact times both respective markets are open while other nations rely on the tools available. Focus on overnight rates began with introduction of the Euro as European nations turned from Libor to Eonia as their guiding overnight rate. Because world markets and nations in particular operate on cooperation and the copy cat syndrome, use and focus on overnight rates gew for all nations from Euro’s beginnings and flourished. As markets truly went global, banks employed overnight rates to remain competitive in other markets when their own markets were closed.

Today’s exchange rate focus in terms of the Fix price is the race to the bottom. The goal of every central bank is to lower interest and exchange rates and price levels to its lowest common denominator without exploding money supplies. Its a central bank management system and a goal that can’t be fought despite its deviation from fixed price levels, money supplies and exchange rates from prior periods. The success if seen will appear in rising Inflation levels later. Then exchange rates begin a race to the top.

The currency and Gold Fix price is a 96 year daily tradition and the heart of all markets and in all nations on every continent. If a nation has a currency, it has a Fix price. Its a tradition that will never leave markets nor will we see a diminution of its use. Fixes allow exchange rate stability and a basis for cross border economics to flourish as well for daily traders to participate in the currncy markets.

Published FX Trader Magazine

Brian Twomey, Inside the Currency Market, btwomey.com, twbrian.wordpress.com

Thank you LBMA to assist in historic information.

10 and 2 Year Yields

EUR/USD Vs German Yields 10’s and 2’s and USD 10’s and 2’s

The USD 2 year yield currently trades in a larger range between 1.671- 0.395, both encompass the 5 and 10 year averages at both range extremes. The current price at 0.54 sits just above the 1 year average at 0.537 while below is the 2 year average at 0.445. Both the 1 and 2 year averages crossed above the 5 year at 0.39 so within the larger 10 and 5 year range is found the 1 and 2 year averages. A break of the 1 year average at 0.537 would see a range between 0.537 – 0.445 just below at the 2 year. If price remains above the 1 year average then the range becomes 0.537 – 1.6717.

The targets for all averages reveal the 2 year will remain rangebound as the 10 year average is middle bound in its range while the 2 and 5 year averages are approaching overbought. The 1 year average is not only oversold but if price holds above then its a trend just beginning. The targets start at 0.543, 0.555, 0.604 and 0.650. The correlations in the 2 year Vs EUR/USD remain negative throughout all averages and a correlational break is not seen anytime soon.

German 2 Year Yield

The current price at -0.194 trades just below the 1 year average at -0.108, next above is the 2 year average at 0.02, the 5 year at 0.33 and 10 year at 1.57. The wider regression range in the 1 year Vs EUR/USD is found between a top at 0.15 and bottom -0.209. To offer context to the topside range, the 2 year at the 10 year average targets + 0.023 but that target assumes the 2 year average breaks at 0.020. Its not likely to see positive yields unless the ECB eliminates its negative interest rate policy, adopted since September 2014. Further, targets from the 1 – 5 year averages all reveal yields remain negative. The targets from the 1 year are located at -0.21, 2 year at -0.13 and 5 year at -0.196.

The current EUR/USD rise is directly attributable to not only prior oversold yields from the 1 – 10 year averages but the correlations in the 1 and 2 year averages assisted in EUR/USD prices. The oversold yield condition is now relieved and current correlations however in the 1 and 2 year averages are at peaks which means EUR/USD will struggle to go higher from the German perspective but USD yields offer a different scenario.

USD 10 Year Yield

The 10 year yield offers averages from 10 – 1 year at 3.19, 2.35, 2.43 and 2.20. A crossover ocurred at the misaligned 2 year average as its position is above the 5 year. The current 10 year yield at 2.14 still remains below all averages with a must break at 2.20 to see a range between 2.20 – 2.35. Despite positive correlations Vs EUR/USD, targets from 1 – 10 year averages reveal significant breaks at 2.20 are not ready to be seen. The targets from the 10 year are located at 2.15, 1.81, 2.11 and 1.92.

German 10 Year Yield

The 10 year averages from 10 – 1 year align as 2.69, 1.71, 1.17 and 0.68. Targets from 10 – 1 year are located at 1.52, 0.94, 0.60 and 0.33 at the 1 year. Again correlations are positive vs EUR/USD.

Yield Spreads

From averages 10 to 2 year, German spreads are found at 1.52 and 2.01 from the 10 – 1 year. USD from 10 – 2 year averages are located at 0.76 and 0.99 from 10 – 1 year. From current market perspectives, the USD 10 to 2 spread is found at 1.63 vs German spreads at 0.47. The 10 year to 3 month from the USD side is 2.16 Vs 0.28 from Germany, a favorable USD condition. But 10 to 3 month views normally reveal the domestic interest rate or at least a proximity. Current Fed Funds just achieved its Effective rate at 0.13 on April 13 and has only closed below 2 times since.

Correlations

While the USD 2 year remains negative and German 2 year positive, EUR/USD correlations remains positive and quite healthy at both 10 year yields. Typically, positive correlations is a condition that normally doesn’t hold for long periods particularly as we see EUR/USD yearly volatilities at just over 3%. Trends and trends with power normally see higher volatilities. At EUR/USD 3% is quite low.

EUR/USD

From current 1.1400, next vital points above are found at 1.1422, 1.1451, 1.1502,1.1559, 1.1597, 1.1618 and 1.1658. Shorts must see breaks lower at 1.1399, 1.1347, 1.1306 and 1.1293. The most significant EUR/USD point is found at 1.1293, a rising line. A break of 1.1293 targets next levels at 1.1242, 1.1240 and further down at 1.1063, 1.1047 and 1.1038. Current EUR/USD prices are driven by oversold intermediate averages. Longer term averages are middle range to overbought and achieve more overbought with further prices rises.

Published Investing.com, while ago,

Brian Twomey, Inside the Currency Market, btwomey.com