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FOREX WEEKLY REVIEW: April 8th – 14th, 2024

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Risk-on Sentiment Propels Dollar Lower

This past week in forex was a tale of two narratives. Economic data releases painted a mixed picture, with inflation concerns lingering but some positive signs emerging. Despite this, risk-on sentiment dominated, leading to a broad decline in the US dollar (USD).

Dollar Loses Steam

The USD ended the week as the weakest major currency. Technical analysis also contributed to the decline:

  • USD Index: The US Dollar Index (DXY), which measures the USD’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, fell below the key level of 100 for the first time in several months. A break below this level could signal further weakness in the USD.
  • Technical Indicators: Several key technical indicators, such as the Relative Strength Index (RSI), suggested the USD might be overbought in the short term. This often precedes a pullback.

    Winners and Losers

  • Antipodean Currencies Shine: The Australian dollar (AUD) and New Zealand dollar (NZD) were among the week’s strongest performers, benefiting from the overall risk-on mood, rising commodity prices (Australia and New Zealand are major commodity exporters), and a technical breakout on their charts.
  • Sterling Rebounds: The British pound (GBP) also saw some gains against the USD, potentially due to a slight improvement in risk sentiment towards the UK economy, and a potential trend reversal on its technical chart.
  • Euro Holds Steady: The Euro (EUR) ended the week relatively unchanged against the USD, with technical indicators suggesting a period of consolidation.
  • Other Interesting Stories:

  • Japanese Intervention: The Bank of Japan intervened in the forex market to weaken the Japanese Yen (JPY) for the first time since 1998. This move aimed to combat potential deflationary pressures in the Japanese economy.
  • Emerging Market Currencies: Some emerging market currencies, such as the Brazilian Real (BRL) and the Indian Rupee (INR), showed signs of strength as investors sought higher yields in these markets.
  • Looking Ahead:

    The coming week could see a shift in market sentiment, with potential geopolitical tensions in the Middle East emerging as a new risk factor. Additionally, key economic data releases, such as retail sales figures and inflation reports, could impact forex markets. Investors will also be keeping an eye on central bank pronouncements, particularly regarding interest rate policies, and how they might affect technical chart patterns.

    Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and should not be considered financial advice.

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