SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE -- (Marketwired) -- 05/28/13 -- In the FXPRIMUS Market Brief of The Week for 27 May, leading global foreign exchange trader, educator and author Mario Sant Singh, looks at safe haven currencies, Euro outperformance, profit-taking, and a possible U.S. QE exit process by then end of the year.
Key Events to Focus On This Week
-- U.S. Consumer Confidence-- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks-- U.S. Pending Home Sales-- China's Official Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI)-- Japan's Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Key Events Last Week
-- Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) hints "QE exit" if U.S. economy continues recovering in upcoming month-- HSBC Flash China Manufacturing PMI below 50 at 49.6-- Euro Zone's PMIs edged higher, German manufacturing PMI hit 49 from previous 48.1-- German Ifo boosts earlier expectation, climbing to 105.7 from previous 104.4
Increasing volatilities present "risk off picture" in currency market last week
Traditional "safe haven" currencies such as the USD, JPY and CHF outperformed other currencies (or "risk currencies") last week, while the Euro's outperformance was due to regional better-than-expected economic data, such as Purchasing Managers' Indexes (PMI) and the German Ifo. U.S. equities merely had a "knee jerk" reaction after the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting as price recovery was seen later. However, it seemed that large "bubbles" were squeezed out in the Japanese equities market.
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The good thing for "rational investors" so far was that we haven't seen real fundamentals change, such as Abenomics, the U.S. outperformance, the subdued Euro Area and Chinese slowdown. More importantly, besides China and Japan, the other three large economies' policies moving forward will be pledged to economic data, according to the European Central Bank (ECB) and Federal Reserve (Fed). In this case, I view the "risk assets" sell off last week as mainly profit taking, instead of fresh position setup.
QE will unlikely be tapered before September
The market might have been too sensitive last week, even with a reliable benchmark when the Fed realized "QE tapering".
With the market's hot debate last week on whether or when the Fed should withdrawal its stimulus, I viewed it as a "reliable benchmark."
In many circumstances, the Fed made it clear that the duration of its USD85 billion purchasing will largely depend on the labor market, inflation and growth. We have yet to see the current recovery level trigger an "exit," although the Fed hasn't expressed a target to look for besides the unemployment rate at 6.5%.
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I think that the QE exit threshold for the U.S. Non-Farm Payroll (NFP) would be a sustainable 200k jobs added every month and an unemployment rate slump to at least below 7%. Hence, I do not see a slowing pace toward the end of the year, or at least September, because the current labor market recovery should still be well below the Fed's expectation.