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Sell off on the dollar after Trump’s Election. Or Maybe not.

Published 09. 11. 2016

The markets reacted strongly to the news of Donald Trump’s election, with impressive movements effecting the stock exchange’s future, as well as the currencies and commodities.

In the first few hours after the election the US Dollar was heavily sold, with the exchange rate between EUR and USD rallying around 1.13; but the rally did not last for long and the greenback started a difficult recovery, with the EUR/USD rate back to 1.10. This volatility might be an overreaction of the markets, scared by the thought of Donald Trump in the White House, or a sense of calm after his first speech, which tried to reassure the country and put a divided nation back together.

Technically the EUR/USD is still inside the lateral trading range 1.05 -1.15, which has been holding its price for almost two years. The main focus will probably be on the Fed’s decisions regarding the interest rate hike, which we could still see in December 2016 or, if postponed, early 2017.


In the end, the result is a moderate shock. Although early market moves have hallmarks of Brexit with a difficult opening, the first few hours have not demonstrated any panic selling and investors are calmer and looking to buy at discount. Early indicators suggest that the wave of surprise from the US has not swept as strong as the EU Referendum did in June. It is important to consider that this is an initial reaction to a decision which could affect the world and all financial markets, let’s see how the markets continue over the coming weeks.

Carlo Alberto De Casa

Chief Analyst
Carlo Alberto De Casa is Chief Analyst for the derivatives broker ActivTrades London. He worked for Bloomberg in the City of London before joining in 2011 the Forex Broker ActivTrades,…


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