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  • XtreamForexXtreamForex Posts: 263
    Japan’s Inflation hits the ‘40-year high

    Despite the BOJ’s best efforts to contain inflation, prices are indeed rising.

    Nationwide inflation rose to its highest levels since 1984 at 3.7% y/y and core inflation is also at 3.6%. If food and energy are excluded, CPI is now 1.4% y/y- which is its highest since 1998 we exclude the pre-emptive buying ahead of 2015’s tax hikes. Services PPI is down to 9.1% but historically high after peaking at 10.2% last month.

    At 3.7%, nationwide CPI is nearly twice their 2% target. The BOJ were relatively late to the 2% inflation bandwagon by introducing their 2% target in January 2013. Of the 118 months since it was introduced, only 16.1% of them have been above 2%. There was a 12-month period from April 2014, and more recently inflation has been above 2% since April this year and still rising.
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    RBNZ seen raising rates by historic 75 bps

    Whilst there has been some less expectations that inflation around parts of the world have topped out, recent data for New Zealand is remining us that inflation can remain at elevated levels for longer than anyone would like.

    CPI rose 2.2% q/q, up from 1.7% and well above the 1.6% consensus. Annual CPI rose 7.2% y/y – slightly below the 7.3% peak – but if the quarterly is trending higher then it can send the annual higher too. Labor costs have risen to a record high of 3.8% y/y and, whilst the quarterly read pulled back from its record, at 1.1% q/q labor costs remain quite elevated from its long-term average of 0.01%.
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    FOMC Minutes, Fed Hiking Rates slowly

    At the November 2nd FOMC meeting, members unanimously agreed to hike the Fed Funds rate by 75bps to bring the key rate to 3.75%-4.0%.The statement from the meeting said members agreed that ongoing rate hikes were necessary until rates were “sufficiently restrictive”. In addition, the statement noted that “in determining the pace of rate hikes, we will consider cumulative tightening, policy lags and economic and financial developments”. However, during the press conference which followed, Fed Chairman Powell stated that the incoming data suggests that the ultimate level of rates will be higher than previously anticipated.

    The FOMC Minutes released on Wednesday showed that a substantial majority of officials said a slowing in the pace of rate hikes would be appropriate soon. In addition, participants agreed that a slower pace of rate hikes would allow the FOMC to better assess the progress towards its goal, given the associated lags with monetary policy. However, “various” Fed officials saw rates peaking at a higher level, which concurs what Powell’s comments in the press conference. Since the last meeting, numerous Fed speakers have been hinting that the December rate hike will only be 50bps.

    On November 2nd , the DXY initially took the statement to mean that the Fed would be dovish. However, it immediately went higher went higher after Powell noted that the terminal rate would be higher. The DXY closed November 2nd near unchanged at 111.55, with a long lower wick. It continued higher into Friday, reaching a high of 113.15. However, after the markets had more time to digest the comments, the DXY traded 220 pips lower near 110.72. Upon doing so, it broke through the bottom trendline of a symmetrical triangle and the Index hasn’t looked back since. The DXY paused its move lower at the 50% retracement level from the lows of March 31st to highs of September 28th near 106.34.

    The target for the break of an ascending wedge is a 100% retracement, which is 105.34. This is also the first support level. Below there, price can fall to horizontal support at the lows of August 10th at 104.64, then the lows of June 16th at 103.42. If the DXY moves highs, the first resistance is at the bottom trendline of the previous ascending wedge near 107.50. Above there, price can move to the highs of the wedge at 107.99, then the 50% retracement from the highs of November 10th to the lows of November 15th at 108.17.
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    EUR/JPY Eyes Breakout – Xtreamforex

    The US out on holiday, there’s not much point in discussing the dollar. Instead, something that could move during the Asian hours. The Japanese yen.

    After being the weakest of major currencies for an extended period this year, the yen has stormed back against the dollar, along with equities, gold and other risk-sensitive assets. Wednesday’s publication of less hawkish Fed minutes and weaker-than-forecast US business activity data further fueled speculation the Fed is going to slow down its rate increases and potentially pause in early 2023.

    As the USD/JPY slumped, other yen pairs have started to move lower with it – including the EUR/JPY – albeit to much lower extent. This is because nothing has changed in terms of the Bank Of Japan’s ultra-loose monetary policy. Thus, the USD/JPY has been hit because of dollar weakness than yen strength.

    In terms of the EUR/JPY, it is true that the euro carries some positive yield over the yen. With the ECB determined to get the 10% inflation back down by aggressive rate increases, the disparity between Eurozone and Japan monetary policies are likely to grow larger over time. This is something that should help provide a floor for EUR/JPY in the long-term outlook.

    But the short-term, especially with the USD/JPY moving lower, we could see some weakness in the EUR/JPY and other yen pairs. Also, much of the interest rate disparity is already priced in. And with the eurozone economy on its knees, there is a risk that the ECB might end its hiking cycle quicker than expected, reducing the appeal of the single currency over the safe-heaven yen.

    The EUR/JPY actually formed a bearish engulfing candle on the daily chart on Wednesday, and we saw some downside follow-through today. The selling then came to a pause as rates tested support and the bullish trend of the triangle pattern around 143.80.

    The upside was capped by the bearish trend line and resistance circa 146.00. Shorter-term resistance is seen around 144.65 to 145.00 range. Thus, conservative speculators may wish to wait for price to break out of this triangle consolidation pattern and trade in the direction of the breakout
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    This week’s currency pair, USD/CNH

    This week will bring a lot of US macroeconomic data and speech from US Fed Chairman Powell, which should give the markets a clearer direction of where the Fed may be headed next regarding monetary policy. Powell speaks at the Brookings Institute on Wednesday. The topic is the economy and labor market. The statement after the November 2nd FOMC meeting stated that “ in determining the pace of rate hikes, we will consider cumulative tightening, policy lags, and economic and financial developments”. The markets took this to be dovish. However, in the press conference that followed, Powell said that the incoming data suggests that the ultimate level of rates will be higher than previously anticipated. However, the pace of tightening is not as important as the terminal rate. Markets took this to be hawkish, Traders will be looking for Powell to clarify these statements and try to determine if the Fed will hike by 50bps or 75bps at the December meeting. In addition, the US will release the Fed’s favorite measure of inflation, Core PCE. Expectations are for a YoY print of 5% vs a September reading of 5.1%. If this number is stronger, the Fed may feel comfortable leaning towards a 75bps hike in December. The US will also release Non-Farm payrolls on Friday. Expectations are for a print of 200,000 vs a previous reading of 261,000. The Unemployment rate is expected to remain unchanged at 3.7%.

    As China’s “zero-covid” restrictions and lockdowns heat up, so are the emotions of many Chinese people. A fire over the weekend in Xinjiang in which 10 people died , angered protestors who said that the fire was made worse by the zero-covid policy. Riots and clashes with police flared up in some areas where the protests were held, such areas as Shanghai and Beijing. Protestors are frustrated with the amount of quarantines and restrictions. However, despite the lockdowns, Beijing reported record levels of covid. This may lead to even more quarantines and restrictions. WTI crude oil has dropped from a high of 82.51 on November 23rd to an intra-day low of 74.02 on Monday as fears of a lack of demand swelled in the markets. Will the zero-covid policy lead to a recession in China ?

    USD/CNH has been on the rise since late-February as it became more apparent that the Fed would begin raising in March. On May 13th, price peaked at 6.8375 before consolidating in a symmetrical triangle. However, on August 15th, USD/CNH broke higher out of the triangle and rose in an ascending wedge formation as price peaked on October 25th at 7.3748. This was also the highest level since 2007. Price then pulled back and broke below the bottom trendline of the wedge, reaching the target for the breakdown near 7.0192. Since then, the pair has been bid, and gapped higher on Monday, opening at 7.2308.

    With Fed Chairman Powell speaking, US Core PCE and Non-Farm Payrolls, along with the increase in Covid cases and unrest in China, USD/CNH could be volatile this week. Watch for aggressive moves in the pair should Powell’s speech or the data paint a more hawkish picture heading towards the December 14th meeting.
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    Australian inflation fell but just ‘weight’ a minute

    Australian inflation rose only to 6.9% y/y, down from a peak of 7.4% and lower than the 7.5% expected. Housing, food and non-alcoholic beverages and transport were most significant contributors. CPI rose 0.2% m/m, below its long-term average of 2.5%.

    The RBA will be happy to hear that inflation was much lower than expected, even if it does remain historically high. But the ABS report also highlighted that they performed their annual weight adjustment to the CPI basket, and that inflation would have been 7.1% if last year’s methodology was used. But even a move down from 7.4% to 7.1% is noteworthy as it leaves the potential that inflation has in fact peaked.

    More broadly the inflationary drivers. It’s nice to see import prices are falling, wages remain well below inflation and that inflation expectation remain well anchored. So now the annualized inflation drop 5 percent points in a month, the case for RBA to pause in December is becoming stronger for a central bank that really does not want to raise rates any more than they need to.

    And that is being reflected within the OIS curve, which suggests money markets are now pricing in a lower terminal rate and slower pace of hikes. And that in turn could mean we’ve seen the best part of the AUD/NZD move lower, which so far is struggling to reach the 1.0700 target.

    On Monday AUD/JPY fell to a 30-day low and closed beneath 93.00, yet the 92.0 handle and trend support remain close by. And as markets are weighing up the dynamics of a possible China reopening amidst a more hawkish Fed, we are waiting the market to tip its hand and either break beneath 92.0 or rally from it, as part of a clear risk-on or risk-off move.
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