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SNB monetary policy to remain ultra-loose (by Yann Quelenn)

Yesterday, Thomas Jordan, the SNB Chairman, held a press conference in Bern as the SNB struggles to stimulate its economy. Its short and long-term yields are negative and while the consequences of such a monetary policy are not exactly known, the impact on banks and investors must be assessed.

According to Jordan, “The cost associated with negative interest is lower than the cost of holding cash”, which we do not believe knowing that from our perspective, the cost of negative interest rate will be always higher than the cost of holding cash, especially if inflation comes back. Further decreasing interest rates may trigger a bank run or a least a flight to cash that would be damaging to the economy.

Jordan also mentioned that the SNB is not willing to limit or abolish cash in order to prevent such adverse effects and other monetary tools such as helicopter money. At this point, the SNB has expanded its balance sheet to 110% of its GDP and we believe that there is still more room for further expansion, especially when looking at other countries with significantly higher debt to GDP ratio such as Japan or the United States.

Downside pressures are still weighing on the EURCHF despite the SNB’s massive intervention. We naturally remain bearish on the pair. The main driver of the pair is clearly the ECB and the December meeting is highly anticipated by financial markets. Volatility should come back then knowing that the end of the European QE program looms.

USD Firms (by Peter Rosenstreich)

USD is marginally weaker today but broader bullish sentiment remains. IMM data indicates steady building of USD long speculative positions. Yesterday’s stronger than expected manufacturing PMI and Feds Evans hawkish speech indicated the Fed will raise interest rates three times in 2017 drove greenback demand (comments over low inflation should be ignored since 75bp of hike in one year for the fed is extremely hawkish). Expectation for a December 25 bp rate hike is now around 70% probabilities. Yet the USD has been aided by increasing concerns over the Brexit process. Threats by Nicola Sturgeon that Scotland would hold another independence reference if all legislatures are not in agreement and Belgium holding CETA hostage indicate it’s unlikely that Brexit will end smoothly. And most likely trigger collateral political upheaval. GBP is being driven by Brexit and politics over economic fundamentals making tomorrow GDP less important. Not only is the USD providing a traditional safe-haven, the steeping of the US yields curves has slowed as investor’s chance the higher returns in longer dated maturities. We expected solid US data will have a larger influence on fed expectations then fed commentary. On the docket today we will get the Conference Board consumer confidence which is expected to ease to 101.5 from 104.1 in September. The weaker read in a low news flow environment should push USD slightly lower. However, sell-offs in USD provide a short term opportunity to reload long positions. Due to the renewed weakness in oil prices due to the lack of OPEC production cut agreement will likely force commodities lower. This scenario should be negative for crude linked currencies in NOK, CAD, MXN and general commodity trades, AUD, NZD and ZAR.

Silver - False Breakout.



Today's Key Issues  Country/GMT
Sep PPI MoM, last -0,20%, rev -0,30%  EUR/07:00
Sep PPI YoY, last -3,10%  EUR/07:00
Aug Leading Indicator, last 91,6, rev 91,9  ZAR/07:00
Bloomberg Oct. South Africa Economic Survey (Table)  ZAR/07:00
Sep PPI MoM, last 1,00%  SEK/07:30
Sep PPI YoY, last -0,30%  SEK/07:30
Oct IFO Business Climate, exp 109,6, last 109,5  EUR/08:00
Oct IFO Current Assessment, exp 114,9, last 114,7  EUR/08:00
Oct IFO Expectations, exp 104,5, last 104,5  EUR/08:00
Aug Industrial Sales MoM, last 2,10%  EUR/08:00
Aug Industrial Sales WDA YoY, last -0,70%  EUR/08:00
Aug Industrial Orders MoM, last -10,80%  EUR/08:00
Aug Industrial Orders NSA YoY, last -11,80%  EUR/08:00
COPOM Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes  BRL/10:30
Oct Real Sector Confidence SA, exp 106,9, last 107,1  TRY/11:30
Oct Real Sector Confidence NSA, exp 104,9, last 106,5  TRY/11:30
Oct Capacity Utilization, exp 76,90%, last 76,60%  TRY/11:30
Aug FHFA House Price Index MoM, exp 0,40%, last 0,50%  USD/13:00
Aug S&P CoreLogic CS US HPI MoM SA, last 0,41%  USD/13:00
Aug S&P CoreLogic CS 20-City NSA Index, last 190,91  USD/13:00
Aug S&P CoreLogic CS 20-City MoM SA, exp 0,10%, last -0,01%  USD/13:00
Aug S&P CoreLogic CS 20-City YoY NSA, exp 5,00%, last 5,02%  USD/13:00
Aug S&P CoreLogic CS US HPI NSA Index, last 183,57  USD/13:00
Aug S&P CoreLogic CS US HPI YoY NSA, last 5,10%  USD/13:00
Sep Current Account Balance, exp -$1600m, last -$579m  BRL/13:00
Sep Foreign Direct Investment, exp $6500m, last $7208m  BRL/13:00
Bank of England Bond-Buying Operation Results  GBP/13:50
Oct Consumer Confidence Index, exp 101,5, last 104,1  USD/14:00
Oct Richmond Fed Manufact. Index, exp -4, last -8  USD/14:00
Oct IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism, exp 47,5, last 46,7  USD/14:00
Carney Appears at House of Lords Economic Committee  GBP/14:35
ECB President Draghi Speaks in Berlin  EUR/15:30
Sep Total Jobseekers, exp 3518.4k, last 3556.8k  EUR/16:00
Sep Jobseekers Net Change, exp -16,8, last 50,2  EUR/16:00
Sep Federal Debt Total, last 2955b  BRL/16:30
Fed's Lockhart Speaks on Community Development  USD/17:00
Oct Consumer Confidence, last 101,7  KRW/21:00
Sep Tax Collections, exp 95014m, last 91808m  BRL/22:00
Sep Formal Job Creation Total, exp -7000, last -33953  BRL/22:00


The Risk Today

Yann Quelenn

EUR/USD's bearish momentum continues. Selling pressures are important. Resistance can be given at 1.0900 (24/03/2016 low) while stronger resistance lies at 1.1058 (13/10/2016 high). Key resistance is located far away at 1.1352 (18/08/2016 high). Expected to further weaken towards support at 1.0860 (24/10/2016 low). In the longer term, the technical structure favours a very long-term bearish bias as long as resistance at 1.1714 (24/08/2015 high) holds. The pair is trading in range since the start of 2015. Strong support is given at 1.0458 (16/03/2015 low). However, the current technical structure since last December implies a gradual increase.

GBP/USD is well located within a symmetrical triangle. Hourly support is given around 1.2185 (lower bound of the symmetrical triangle) while hourly resistance lies at 1.2332 (19/10/2016 high). Key resistance stands far away at 1.2620 then 1.2873 (03/10/2016). Expected to show further bearish breakout. The long-term technical pattern is even more negative since the Brexit vote has paved the way for further decline. Long-term support given at 1.0520 (01/03/85) represents a decent target. Long-term resistance is given at 1.5018 (24/06/2015) and would indicate a long-term reversal in the negative trend. Yet, it is very unlikely at the moment.

USD/JPY is going higher. A break of hourly support at 102.81 (10/10/2016 low) is unlikely at the moment. Key support can be found at 100.09 (27/09/2016). Hourly resistance can be found at 104.64 (13/10/2016 higher). Expected to see renewed selling pressures around 104.15-30. We favor a long-term bearish bias. Support is now given at 96.57 (10/08/2013 low). A gradual rise towards the major resistance at 135.15 (01/02/2002 high) seems absolutely unlikely. Expected to decline further support at 93.79 (13/06/2013 low).

USD/CHF is still lying within former resistance area between 0.9919 (07/08/2016 low) and 0.9950 (27/07/2016). The pair remains nonetheless on a bullish momentum since September 15. Hourly support is located at 0.9733 (05/10/2016 base) then 0.9632 (26/08/2016 base low). Expected to see continued increase. In the long-term, the pair is still trading in range since 2011 despite some turmoil when the SNB unpegged the CHF. Key support can be found 0.8986 (30/01/2015 low). The technical structure favours nonetheless a long term bullish bias since the unpeg in January 2015.

Resistance and Support:
1.1428 1.3121 1.0328 111.45
1.1352 1.2857 1.0257 107.49
1.1058 1.2477 1.0093 104.64
1.0893 1.2235 0.9936 104.43
1.0822 1.209 0.9632 102.8
1.0711 1.1841 0.9522 100.09
1.0458 1.052 0.9444 99.02

This report has been prepared by AC Markets and is solely been published for informational purposes and is not to be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any currency or any other financial instrument. Views expressed in this report may be subject to change without prior notice and may differ or be contrary to opinions expressed by AC Markets personnel at any given time. ACM is under no obligation to update or keep current the information herein, the report should not be regarded by recipients as a substitute for the exercise of their own judgment.

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