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AUD/USD recovers the 0.7100 helped by Wall Street

AUD/USD recovers the 0.7100 helped by Wall Street

AUD/USD is a few pips above 0.7100 at the end of the American session, as US indexes managed to bounce in the final hour of trading. The Dow Jones turned positive after spending the day in the red. Eyes now on the RBNZ decision.

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EUR/USD holds around 1.0730 despite the dismal mood

EUR/USD holds around 1.0730 despite the dismal mood

Lingering inflation and growth concerns were unable to overshadow ECB officials vowing for a 50 bps rate hike as soon as next July. EUR/USD holding on to gains and en route to extend its advance.

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Gold bulls stay on top, but bears lurking at daily resistance

Gold bulls stay on top, but bears lurking at daily resistance

The gold price has been moving higher on Tuesday as the US dollar gave way to the bears yet again, sliding to a one-month low following hawkish rhetoric from the European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde.

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Can Cardano price drop lower after losing 80% since its all-time high?

Can Cardano price drop lower after losing 80% since its all-time high?

Cardano price action continues to dip lower and lower, following the broader market in a continued downtrend. Time cycles indicate relief may not come until June.

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RBNZ Preview: Will they step up their tightening game? Premium

RBNZ Preview: Will they step up their tightening game?

Another double-dose rate hike is on the table for the RBNZ when it meets this Wednesday to decide on its monetary policy at 0200 GMT. The central bank’s outlook on the pace of tightening, however, will be key in determining NZD/USD’s next price direction.

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USD/CAD, THE “LOONIE”

The USD/CAD tells the trader how many Canadian dollars (the quote currency) are needed to purchase one U.S. dollar (the base currency). This currency pair is known as the "Loonie", a nickname derived from the picture of a loon, a distinctive bird which appears on one side of Canada's gold-coloured, one Dollar coin.


THE IMPORTANCE OF OIL FOR THE LOONIE

The USD/CAD is one of the three so-called “commodity pairs”, together with AUD/USD, NZD/USD, highly correlated to commodity (especially oil) fluctuations.

Canada is commonly known as a resource-based economy being a large producer and supplier of oil. The leading export market for Canada is by far the United States making its currency particularly sensitive to US consumption data and economical health.


FORECAST FOR 2022

In the annual forecast, our surveyed contributors expect the USD/CAD to reach 1.2393 by the end of the year.

Of the three main fundamental factors for the USD/CAD in 2022, the comparative Canadian and US economies, central bank interest rates and the price of oil, the first is a wash, the second tilt to the US and the third is unlikely to rise sufficiently to give the loonie a long-term advantage. Check out the full forecast


ASSETS THAT INFLUENCE USD/CAD THE MOST

  • Commodities: oil but also gold and natural gas are to be taken into account.
  • Currencies: JPY and EUR. This group also includes: EUR/USD, GBP/USD, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, USD/CHF, NZD/USD, GBP/JPY and EUR/JPY
  • Bonds: CSB (Canada Savings Bonds), CPB (Canada Premium Bond).
  • Indices: S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index (the headline index for the Canadian equity market), S&P/TSX Global Gold Index (index of global gold securities) and S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index (benchmarks for related derivative products of Canadian economic sectors).

ORGANIZATIONS, PEOPLE AND ECONOMIC DATA THAT INFLUENCE USD/CAD

In Canada, the organizations and people that affect the most the moves of the USD/CAD pair are:

  • Bank of Canada (BoC, Canada’s Central bank) that promotes a safe and sound financial system within tyhe country, issuing statements and deciding on the interest rates of the country. Its president is Tiff Macklem.
  • Canadian Government (headed by Justin Trudeau) and its Department of Finance that implement policies that affect the economy of the country.
  • CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers): Canada being a prominent oil and natural gas producer, the trade organization of that industry is very important.

In the USA, we have:

  • 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 Canadian 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, we should highlight the Trade Account Balance, a balance between exports and imports of total goods and services. A positive value shows trade surplus, while a negative value shows trade deficit. It is an event that generates some volatility for the USD/CAD. If a steady demand in exchange for CAD exports is seen, that would turn into a positive growth in the trade balance, and that should be positive for the CAD.

Inflation is another economic value that is important for the USD/CAD pair. It is measured among others by the CPI (Consumer Price Index) and the PPI (Production Price Index). They are key indicators to measure inflation and changes in purchasing trends.