18th – 22nd Jan 2021

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VIX: $24.34. 15 Jan 2021

Important fundamental releases: 18th to 22nd January

  • 11:00am Wed 20th Jan. CAD BOC Monetary Policy Statement
  • 8:30am Wed 20th Jan. AUD Employment Numbers
  • -:– am Wed 20th Jan. JPY Monetary Policy Statement 
  • 8:45am Thur 21st Jan EUR Monetary Policy Statement
  • 1:00pm Thur 21st Jan GBP BOE Gov Speaks
  • 5:45pm Thur 21st Jan NZD CPI
  • 4:15am Fri 22nd Jan EUR PMI numbers

Latest Central Bank statements:

USD FOMC: 16th December 2020

  • Economic activity and employment have continued to recover but remain well below their levels at the beginning of the year. 
  • Weaker demand and earlier declines in oil prices have been holding down consumer price inflation.
  • The path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus.  
  • IR: Maintain current rate 0 to 0.25%. Will maintain target range until labor market conditions have reached levels consistent with the committee’s assessments of maximum employment and inflation has risen to 2% and are on track to exceed it. 
  • Will continue QE until the committee outcome has been achieved. 

CAD Bank of Canada Dec. 9th, 2020

  • Economy: Stronger demand is pushing up prices for most commodities, including oil. (Bullish(strength) for the currency)
  • Interest Rates: Bank of Canada will maintain its Interest Rate target 0.25%. Will continue their QE (Quantitative Easing- is a form of unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases long-term securities from the open market in order to increase the money supply and encourage lending and investment. Or, also called “Printing Money”. CPI- Core Price Index close (is a measure of the average change overtime in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.)  at $4 billion per week. 
  • Inflation: CPI inflation picks up to 0.7% 

CHF Swiss National Bank: September 2020

  • GDP expects to stay below pre covid crisis level, shrink 5% since the start of the crisis. 
  • Inflation: Inflation rate is (-0.6%) expected to edge back to positive. They are paying attention to inflation rate
  • IR: Keeping interest rate at -.075%
  • Willing to intervene more strongly in the foreign exchange market. 

GBP Bank of England Nov 5th 2020 

  • Inflation target at 2%
  • Will maintain bank rate at 0.10%
  • Will continue their version of QE
    • Will increase UK government bond purchases by an additional 150Billion Pounds to meet inflation target in the medium term. 
  • SIgns that consumer spending has softened across a range of indicators & investment intentions have remained weak. 
  • Household spending expected to pick up in 2021 Q1 as covid restrictions loosen. 
  • Outlook of the economy remains unusually uncertain. 
    • depends on the evolution of the pandemic and measures taken to protect public health, as well as the nature of, and transition to, the new trading arrangements between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

JPY Bank of Japan December 17th, 2020

  • Decided to  follow yield curve control
    • Interest rates will remain at -0.10%
    • Will purchase a necessary amount of Japanese government bonds (JGBs) without setting an upper limit so that 10-year JGB yields will remain at around 0%. 
  • WIll continue their version of QE (buying Japanese government bonds) for another 6 months until September 2021.
  • The Bank will be monitoring if the CPI exceeds 2%. 
  • Will extend the duration of the Special Program to support financing in response to the Covid-19 by 6 months until the end of September 2021. 

EUR ECB Dec 10th, 2020

  • Will maintain Interest rates at 0.00%
    • Will remain at this level until the Governing council sees inflation outlook get close to but below 2% within their projections. 
  • Increase their PEPP by 500 Billion Euros 
    • Will extend this program until March 2022 and/or it determines that the coronavirus crisis phase is over. 
    • Inflation goal of 2% ceiling. Will keep interest rates unchanged  at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.50% respectively. ECB will continue its PEPP – Pandemic emergency Purchase programme. Asset purchase program will continue at 20billion euro per month. Will end shortly before increasing interest rates* 

NZD: RBNZ November 2020

Employment : maximum sustainable employment

  • Will continue their QE program for a long time, and prepared to give more support 
  • Restrict high risk lending in housing market
  • Leave interest rates at current level .25%
  • Keep inflation between 1% & 3% 

AUD: RB Of Australia 1/12/20

  • Will maintain interest rates at 1%. Given the outlook, is not expected to increase for at least 3 years. 
  • Will continue their QE
  • Australia’s economic recovery is under way and recent data have been better than expected. 
    • GDP would not reach its end of 2019 levels until the end of 2021. 
    • GDP expected to grow around 5% 2021 and 4% over 2022
  • Inflation forecast to be 1% in 2021 and 1.5% in 2022. 
  • RBA will focus on addressing the high rate of unemployment. 
  • The Bank’s policy response has lowered interest rates across the yield curve, which will assist the recovery by: lowering financing costs for borrowers; contributing to a lower exchange rate than otherwise; and supporting asset prices and balance sheets.

Interest Rates

Currencies vs Gold as a measure of strength 

3 Month Currency Strength (vs. Gold)

Comparing Currency Strengths:

Market Sentiment


  • Speculators are net-long by 12,073 orders. 1,826 long orders were added, 4,277 Short orders were added.  Conclusion: Selling pressure 


  • Speculators are net-long by 11,975 orders. 3,035 long orders were added, 432 Short orders were added.  Conclusion: Neutral; May be setting up selling CHF, due to the 80% longs on the Speculative side, and 20% are long on the commercial side. 


  • Speculators are net-long by 12,942 orders. 12,409 long orders were added, 3,132 Short orders were added.  Conclusion: Buying pressure


  • Speculators are net-long by 50,520 orders. 5,306 long orders were closed, 5,636 Short orders were also closed.  Conclusion: Long, But look for trend reversal soon, % Long hit 80% December first. 


  • Speculators are net-long by 155,890 orders. 3,925 long orders were added, 8,974 Short orders were closed.  Conclusion: Buying pressure, But look for pressure on the sell side due to previous % long had hit the 80% mark.  


  • Speculators are net-long by 14,707 orders. 421 long orders were closed, 3,132 Short orders were also closed.  Conclusion: Buying pressure.


  • Speculators are net-long by 5,456 orders. 712  long orders were added, 8,651 Short orders were closed.  Conclusion: Buying pressure.

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