The Fed’s dot plot launched US short term yields and propelled the dollar in lockstep. Even though the Fed is not in a hurry, it will still outpace the ECB in terms of policy normalisation. This monetary divergence along with a more general fragile risk climate tilted the EUR/USD balance in favour of the greenback. 1.1704 is the key technical reference to the downside.

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Sterling is strengthening only very gradually. The Bank of England prefers to err on the side of caution even though inflation and the economy is running hot. A few MPC members are having second thoughts on the “temporary” nature of inflation but that view isn’t shared by the rest of the MPC nor by markets.

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The Chinese government proposing to ease monetary policy turned lingering growth fears into outright risk-off early July. USD/JPY fell out the upward sloping trend channel and is having difficulties re-entering as cautiousness dominates.

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After attacking but failing to breach support at EUR/CZK 25.45, the Czech krone fell prey to a modest profit-taking move. Markets are currently weighing the (discounted) upcoming tightening cycle against the shaky risk sentiment that could ease some pressure on the CNB for fast tightening.

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The MNB made very clear it will act against rising inflation by hiking policy rates at the next meetings. This didn’t prevent the HUF from being dragged in a broader CE currency sell-off that’s also spurred by legal woes with the EU. We’re closely watching the MNB reaction function: will it double down on rate hikes to prevent “a weaker HUF, stronger inflation” doom loop or back down due to increased growth uncertainty?

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The zloty faces the same issues as the HUF: growth uncertainty and a legal dispute with the European Commission. Additionally, the NBP pushed back against any market speculation on rate hikes. With inflation remaining elevated as well (4.4% y/y), it risks triggering the vicious circle described above. EUR/PLN 4.60 is last intermediate support (for the zloty) before the pandemic lows. The zloty faces the same issues as the HUF: growth uncertainty and a legal dispute with the European Commission. Additionally, the NBP pushed back against any market speculation on rate hikes. With inflation remaining elevated as well (4.4% y/y), it risks triggering the vicious circle described above. EUR/PLN 4.60 is last intermediate support (for the zloty) before the pandemic lows.

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