Political risks creep back into the EUR – Barclays


Barclays’ Analysts out with the latest review on the German election, evaluating its impact on the Euro.

Key Quotes:

“If confirmed, the surprising gains by alternative parties and poor performance of the centre establishment parties in Germany's election subtly reinserts politics into the debate over the EUR's value.

Most of the EUR's gains have come since the French election, with many pointing to the reduction in perceived political risks to the EU and EMU as important contributors to the common currency's ascent.

Yet, as we noted following the French election has gained steadily in all of this year's elections, despite the French two-stage electoral system keeping Front National out of government. Indeed, elections in Europe are going much as we predicted at the start of the year.  

However, in our view, most of the EUR's gains are due to the sharp improvement in the euro area economy in the last 18 months and the German election will do little to endanger that. Hence, we do not expect significant EUR downside to result from the election.

But, it likely will sap further EUR momentum that has stalled in the last two months. Longer-term asset allocators and reserve managers may pause in thinking that long-term political risks have disappeared from the euro area, while short-term and leveraged investors may take a more cautious approach in a currency with substantial negative carry if expectations for near term appreciation fade.

Looking ahead, results of the German election may cause more FX market focus on and angst over the Italian election in early 2018”

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