The market experienced a broad dollar crash on Thursday, marked by the Asia-Pacific currencies that thrive on risk-taking leading the way. This shift comes as investors increasingly believe that U.S. interest rates may have peaked after the Federal Reserve decided to keep them on hold.
All Eyes on the Bank of England
Investors are now eagerly awaiting the Bank of England’s policy announcement to see if it sends a similar message. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell left the door open for another back dollar rate hike. However, with the funds’ rate target ceiling at a 22-year high of 5.5%, he emphasized the balanced risks of doing too much or too little.
A Reluctant Signal from Powell
The financial markets interpreted Powell‘s stance as an endorsement to maintain a less than 20% chance of a rate increase in December. This led to a 23 basis points drop in ten-year Treasury yields from Wednesday’s highs. Besides, it bolstered equities and caused risk-sensitive currencies to rally.
The Dollar Collapse: Index’s Decline
The dollar index, which gauges the currency against six major peers, slid by 0.1% to 106.41, marking an 0.8% drop from Wednesday’s high. The euro surged by 0.3% to reach $1.0598, while the Swiss franc and yen also made gains.
Cautious Optimism Surrounding Bitcoin
Bitcoin, often seen as a proxy for risk appetite, broke above $35,000 for the first time since May 2022, offering cautious optimism in the cryptocurrency market. It’s a changing landscape as markets adapt to evolving central bank policies.
Implications for the EUR/USD Pair
Amid these developments, the EUR/USD pair faces a delicate balancing act. The process was influenced by factors like German unemployment data and euro area manufacturing PMIs. Markets await the US labour market report, which will be pivotal in determining the pair’s future direction.
Short-Term Forecast and Price Action
The EUR/USD’s performance will hinge on macroeconomic developments and the upcoming US Jobs Report. All eyes are on whether the US labour market data reflects steady wage growth and labour conditions, which could impact the monetary policy divergence between the US dollar and the euro.
Overall, the currency markets remain highly dynamic and sensitive to global events, requiring investors to stay vigilant and adaptable.