Rising inflation and reopening expectations drove global bond yields higher, driving a wide range of behaviors among the major currencies this week.
The comdolls and the Greenback were net winners overall, while the Swiss franc and Japanese yen were the biggest losers of the bunch.
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Rising Bond Yields Dominates
We can’t talk about the trading week in forex without quickly mentioning the main market driver these days: rising bond yields.
And in case you’re not caught up as to why they’ve been moving markets lately, take a look at Forex Gump’s post, “What’s the Deal with Bond Yields These Days?“
And if you are caught up, you know that rising yields have been a thorn in the side of many different asset classes, and this week was no different as we saw gold and equities fall with every step higher in the bond yield.
The market event of the week seems to go to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s statement on Thursday, which prompted a spike higher in bond yields after he recognized that inflation was moving higher.
He emphasized that this was likely a temporary situation, but based on the market’s reaction, it’s likely traders didn’t believe him.
The spike in volatility was also likely due to the idea that the Fed Chair failed to meet market expectations that the Fed would take additional actions to calm the bond market and rising bond yields.
Safe-Havens Losing their status?
Why park your cash in negative-yielding assets like JPY and CHF, am I right?
Especially when the bond yields in the U.S. and other countries are looking much, much better right now?
This sentiment is likely why the U.S. dollar bounced nicely this week against most of the major currencies. Overall, this shift in sentiment is likely to remain in the short-term as long as economic recovery optimism and inflation expectations remain.
Slowing covid case/death numbers and more stimulus on the way from the U.S. will also likely remain drivers for these biases as well.
Comdolls Remain Net Outperformers
Overall, the comdolls once again benefited from the reflation theme that’s been driving broad risk sentiment higher, but the real winner this week was the Canadian dollar.
CAD bulls likely benefited from the recent rally higher in oil prices on reopening expectations and got an extra boost on Thursday after OPEC’s meeting.
Traders had expectations going into the OPEC meeting that they would raise oil production by 1.5M bpd, but instead agreed to stay cautious and only raise by 150K bpd. Oil traders quickly priced in the fresh news, pushing to over $66 per barrel of WTI crude into the weekend.