Forex Market Forecast for May 2024
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by Nick Ranga
3w ago
As we head into May, whether the US Federal Reserve will or won’t cut interest rates this year has been a primary topic, especially following the latest inflation data. With some traders speculating that the Fed won’t cut rates, we saw the USD gain some ground in April. However, with an interest rate decision coming on May 1, it should hopefully provide some clarity going forward. Here are some key aspects to keep an eye on in May: As mentioned, the US Federal Reserve interest rate decision will be on Wednesday. Given the constant talk about potential rate cuts, this is something to monitor ..read more
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USD/JPY Trading Near Multi-Decade Highs
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by Forextraders
1M ago
The Bank of Japan (BoJ) increased its Policy Rate to +0.00%/0.10% in March, pulling the rate out of negative territory. While many, including the Research Team at FP Markets, expected the Japanese yen (JPY) to rally on the back of this, we instead witnessed a fall in the currency, consequently drawing the USD/JPY higher. Many desks labelled the move as a dovish hike due to the BoJ offering limited forward guidance regarding further policy firming. BoJ Intervention Has Traders Nervous The depreciation in the JPY is causing concern for the BoJ, with warnings coming from the central bank about a ..read more
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Forex Market Forecast for April 2024
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by Nick Ranga
1M ago
As we head into April, assessing how the economy is fairing and what could shake up the forex market is important for traders. By keeping an eye on economic data and chart movements, we can get a better handle on what might unfold in the forex markets for the month ahead and what to watch out for.  Here are some key aspects to keep an eye on in April: Comments from US Federal Reserve officials will be worth monitoring. The central bank maintained its forecast for three rate cuts this year, but they are monitoring the data, so comments on when rate cuts could occur will be important. One ..read more
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GBPUSD: Sterling Stumbles After Bank of England Meeting
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by Nick Ranga
2M ago
  The GBPUSD currency pair faced another wave of selling pressure as the Bank of England (BoE) hinted at an easing cycle on the horizon, exacerbating the British pound’s weakening trend. The monetary authority, which held interest rates steady on Thursday, took markets by a surprise by signalling the advent of rate cuts in the near future. In a pivotal shift from its prior hawkish stance, the Bank indicated that looser monetary policy might soon be warranted, given the decrease in Britain’s inflation rate, which cooled from 4.0% in January to a more temperate 3.4% in February. This move ..read more
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NZDUSD Close to 2023 Lows
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by Nick Ranga
2M ago
  The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is currently balanced on a delicate fulcrum against the US Dollar (USD). NZDUSD is reeling close to the lows that haven’t been seen since late 2023. The currency pair’s proximity to these levels signals a heightened sensitivity to the ongoing concerns regarding U.S. interest rates, particularly as traders grapple with the implications of the upcoming U.S. Federal Reserve decisions. Despite no anticipated changes to the Federal Funds Rate in the imminent FOMC Statement, the financial market’s nerves are on edge. There persists a tangible nervousness stemming ..read more
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USDZAR Retreats Amid Monetary Policy Shifts
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by Nick Ranga
2M ago
  In early trading on Tuesday, USDZAR felt the pressure of an intensifying global financial environment as the U.S. dollar gained strength, resulting in a dip for the South African Rand. Market participants are treading cautiously ahead of the Federal Reserve’s imminent monetary policy decision, an event that invariably sends ripples across worldwide currency valuations. By 0625 GMT, the rand was observed to trade at 19.0200 against the dollar, marking a 0.4% retreat from its preceding close. This move underscores the sensitivity of the South African currency to international monetary cu ..read more
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Bank of Japan Raises Interest Rates, Ending an Era of Negative Yields
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by Nick Ranga
2M ago
  After maintaining a negative interest rate policy for eight years, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has shifted gears by raising the benchmark interest rate into a positive range of 0% to 0.1%. This move marks a historical pivot for the central bank, as it represents the first rate increase by the BoJ in 17 years. Despite markets having partially priced in the possibility of a rate hike with a 44% expectation, the actual decision on the increase still managed to cause a stir. The precursors to the BoJ’s decision had not gone unnoticed, with Nikkei Asia pre-emptively leaking the potential move ..read more
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Trading The ‘Gopher’ – USD/JPY Eyes Central Bank Decisions Amidst Battle Lines Close
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by ForexTraders Analyst Team
2M ago
In the very fabric of the foreign exchange market, anticipation can cause as much movement as action itself. The USD/JPY currency pair unveils a scenario that portrays the economic interplay between subtle cues and significant proceedings, weaving a tale of expectation and pre-emptive market behaviour. Current market projections for the USD/JPY pair demonstrate a modest upside potential, but some participants have their sentiments measured and their decisions on hold as they anticipate pivotal meetings of two of the world’s leading central banks – the Federal Reserve of the United States (Fed ..read more
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USDBRL Momentum Swings On Jobs Report
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by Forextraders
2M ago
In an unexpected yet welcome economic development, Brazil has left market expectations far behind by creating an astonishing 180,395 formal jobs in January. This figure was shared by the labour ministry and represents a figure double the number initially forecasted by economists, who had predicted a much more modest sum of 90,000 jobs. The labour market expansion echoes the broader strength of the Brazilian economy, bolstered by a significant surge in the average salary for new hires, which stood at 2,118 reais ($424.30) in January. The increase is notable at 3.38% more than that of December ..read more
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Forex Market Forecast for March 2024
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by Nick Ranga
2M ago
With US inflation rising more than expected in January, traders and analysts have had to reassess their view on the potential rate-cutting cycle this year. Meanwhile, the UK fell into a technical recession, but retail sales jumped in January. Everything seems to be a bit up in the air at the moment, although the AI-led surge has helped equity markets. Here are some key points to consider for March: Of course, we have to start with inflation. But make sure to keep an eye on inflation in other regions as well, not just the US. For example, in the UK, inflation held steady at 4% in January desp ..read more
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