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AUD/USD turns south toward 0.6400 after mixed Australian jobs data

AUD/USD turns south toward 0.6400 after mixed Australian jobs data

AUD/USD has come under renewed selling pressure and turned south toward 0.6400 after Australian employment data pointed to loosening labor market conditions, fanning RBA rate cut expectations and weighing on the Aussie Dollar. 

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USD/JPY remains below 154.50 amid weaker US Dollar

USD/JPY remains below 154.50 amid weaker US Dollar

USD/JPY keeps losses for the second successive session, trading below 154.50 in Asian trading on Thursday. The pair is undermined by the latest US Dollar pullback, Japan's FX intervention risks and a softer risk tone. 

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Gold price finds buyers again near $2,355 as USD licks its wounds

Gold price finds buyers again near $2,355 as USD licks its wounds

Gold price is attempting a tepid bounce in the Asian session, having found fresh demand near $2,355 once again. Gold price capitalizes on a softer risk tone and an extended weakness in the US Treasury bond yields, despite the recent hawkish Fed commentary. 

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OMNI post nearly 50% loss after airdrop and exchange listing

OMNI post nearly 50% loss after airdrop and exchange listing

Omni network lost nearly 50% of its value on Wednesday after investors dumped the token following its listing on top crypto exchanges. A potential reason for the crash may be due to the wider crypto market slump.

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US stock continue to stumble as traders rethink rates

US stock continue to stumble as traders rethink rates

US stocks grappled with uncertainty on Wednesday in the wake of a cautious string of commentary from the US Federal Reserve officials. The S&P 500 is currently experiencing its longest non-bullish streak in months.

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NZD/USD, THE “KIWI”

The NZD/USD currency pair, also called the “Kiwi”, tells the trader how many US dollars (the quote currency) are needed to purchase one New Zealand dollar (the base currency). Together with the Australian Dollar and the Canadian Dollar, the NZD is a commodity currency, that is a currency whose country's exports are largely comprised of raw materials (precious metals, oil, agriculture, etc.).

Along with the Australian Dollar, the NZD has been for many years a traditional vehicle for carry traders, which has made this currency also very sensitive to changes in interest rates.


HISTORIC HIGHS AND LOWS FOR NZD/USD

  • All-time records: Max : 1.49 on 5/11/1973 - Min: 0.3962 on 16/10/2000
  • Last 5 years: 0.7737 on 27/04/2015 - Min: 0.65794 on 20/08/2015

* Data as of February 2020


ASSETS THAT INFLUENCE NZD/USD THE MOST

  • Currencies: AUD, CNY and YEN (Australia, China and Japan are important regional partners of New Zealand). This group also includes the following currency pairs: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, USD/CHF, USD/CAD, GBP/JPY and EUR/JPY
  • Commodities: First of, coal. New Zealand has extensive coal resources: coal accounts for about 10% of New Zealand’s primary energy (excluding transport fuels). Other important commodities are Silver and Iron Ore.
  • Bonds: GNZGB10 (New Zealand Govt Bond 10 Year) and AGB (debt securities issued by the Australian Government) and T-NOTE 10Y (10 year United States Treasury note).
  • Indices: NZX (New Zealand Exchange), ASX (Australian Securities Exchange) and Nikkei 225 (a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange).

ORGANIZATIONS, PEOPLE AND ECONOMIC DATA THAT INFLUENCE NZD/USD

The organizations and people that affect the most the moves of the NZD/USD pair are:

  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), the central bank of that country. It was established in 1934 and is constituted under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989. The Governor of the Reserve Bank is responsible for New Zealand's currency and operating monetary policy. The Bank's current Governor is Adrian Orr.
  • New Zealand Government (whose Prime Minister is Jacinda Ardern) and its Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) that implement policies that affect the economy of the country.
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
  • The US Government (and its President Joe Biden): events as administration statements, new laws and regulations or fiscal policy can increase or decrease the value of the US Dollar and the currencies traded against it, in this case the New Zealand Dollar.
  • Fed, the Federal Reserve of the United States whose president is Jerome Powell. The Fed controls the monetary policy, through active duties such as managing interest rates, setting the reserve requirement, and acting as a lender of last resort to the banking sector during times of bank insolvency or financial crisis.

In terms of economic data, as for most currencies, the NZD/USD traders have to keep an eye on:

  • GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the total market value of all final goods and services produced in a country. It is a gross measure of market activity because it indicates the pace at which a country's economy is growing or decreasing. Generally speaking, a high reading or a better than expected number is seen as positive for the NZD, while a low reading is negative.
  • Inflation measured by key indicators as the CPI (Consumer Price Index) and the PPI (Production Price Index), which reflect changes in purchasing trends.