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23 Aug 2017

US Debt Ceiling Impasse May Attract Market Attention

Japan’s MUFG wrote last month that it suspected that “once the markets return from the summer break in August, the focus will quickly be on a potential crisis relating to the debt ceiling with the [US] Congressional Budget Office now predicting mid-October as the final deadline for raising the ceiling.” Well here we are near…


22 Aug 2017

AUDUSD: AUD-led or USD-driven?

Traders who follow the fortunes of the Australian dollar versus its US counterpart (AUDUSD) can take their pick. The Netherlands’ ING bank is somewhat bearish on the Aussie this week arguing that while rising base metal prices in recent weeks have given the AUD a fillip, the Dutch firm’s commodities team now think base metal…


21 Aug 2017

Euro/yen: A Cross Examination

Friday’s release of data by the US’ Commodity Futures Trading Commission for the week ending August 15 showed, as ThomsonReuters (TR) reported that “speculators reduced their negative bets on the US dollar this week to US$8.84 billion from US$10.23 billion.” TR wrote that “the reduction of dollar short bets came as investors pulled out of…


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