Where Should Your Focus Lie As The EUR Decreases?

Where Should Your Focus Lie As The EUR Decreases?
October 24, 2014

The main action of this week in currency was the Euro. It was, and still is, falling like a rock against each and every other currency out there. The reason for the turn in faith when compared with the previous week comes courtesy of the ECB (European Central Bank), which announced on Tuesday (actually it was a rumor, denied afterwards by the Central Bank), that is going to start buying corporate debt on top of the ABS (Asset Backed Securities) program already announced.

This came as a surprise as not even in the United States, where the Federal Reserve has been working with quantitative easing for many years, has the debt that is being bought been limited to sovereign debt. The European Central Bank is desperate to increase the size of its balance sheet to up to €1Trillion in assets, but the issue is that the assets they want to purchase are difficult to find. You see, in this comparison, The United States of America has one central bank and one government. Europe, however has one central bank and multiple governments.

In its quest to increase the size of their balance sheet, the ECB may buy corporate debt, even though they have strongly denied this at this time. However, as traders, we know very well that there is no smoke without a fire. We speculated that this rumour may have been a test for the markets, and as such, we can now make an educated assumption as to the market reaction. For example, the EURUSD fell from well above 1.28 to almost 1.26, having little or no bounce throughout the move.

As for the commodity currencies, the Bank of Canada interest rate decision the other day was shadowed by the unfortunate events at the Canadian Parliament, therefore we might assume that the CAD pairs are still to actually react to Bank of Canada statement.


I am personally looking for the AUDCAD to reach parity and expect it to attempt this within this week, regardless of it being through the AUD strengthening or CAD weakening.

Coming back to the EURUSD pair, from these levels in the 1.2640 area, I am a net buyer until end of week trading. The hourly chart indicates that the market seems to form a falling wedge that should reverse. It remains to be seen if markets can confirm these scenarios.

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Sammy is our forex expert, with over 20 years experience in the financial sector, she will be keeping you up to date with the ups and downs of currencies around the world

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