USD/MXN: Mexican peso tumbles after AMLO presents new nomination to central bank governor

  • President Lopez Obrador nominates Victoria Rodríguez to head the central bank.
  • Mexican peso tumbles across the board after the announcement.
  • Inflation in Mexico surpasses 7% to levels not seen in 20 years.

The Mexican peso is falling sharply against its main rivals on Wednesday, affected by the news regarding the nomination for the next head of the Bank of Mexico. The USD/MXN is rising almost 2%, trading near 21.60, the highest level since March.

As of writing, USD/MXN trades at 21.53. It peaked at 21.61, and a daily close around current levels would be the highest since October of 2020. The pair is testing the 2021 top it established back in March at 21.62.

Nomination changes at Banxico and higher than expected inflation

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador withdrew his nomination of former finance minister Arturo Herrera for governor of the central bank to replace current head, Alejandro Díaz de León. Lopez Obrador did not want Díaz de Leon to continue at the post and nominated Herrera back in June, leaving his post at the government a few weeks later.

On Wednesday, Lopez Obrador nominated Victoria Rodríguez Ceja. She holds a job at the Finance secretary and, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the first-ever female to lead Banxico.

The announcement came after data showed inflation accelerated during the first half of November (headline and core) surpassing expectations. The annual rate reached 7.05%, the highest level since April 2001. Banxico rose interest rates at the last meeting for the fourth consecutive time to 5% in order to curb inflation. Wednesday’s inflation figures warrant that more hikes are on the way.

At the same time, the US dollar remains strong in the market, boosted by recent economic data and higher yields. The rally of the greenback adds more fuel to the USD/MXN.

Technical levels


Today last price 21.5379
Today Daily Change 0.3413
Today Daily Change % 1.61
Today daily open 21.1966
Daily SMA20 20.6315
Daily SMA50 20.4549
Daily SMA100 20.2339
Daily SMA200 20.2319
Previous Daily High 21.3097
Previous Daily Low 20.9858
Previous Weekly High 20.89
Previous Weekly Low 20.4702
Previous Monthly High 20.9034
Previous Monthly Low 20.1193
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 21.186
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 21.1096
Daily Pivot Point S1 21.0184
Daily Pivot Point S2 20.8402
Daily Pivot Point S3 20.6946
Daily Pivot Point R1 21.3423
Daily Pivot Point R2 21.4879
Daily Pivot Point R3 21.6661



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