USD Index could rally wrongly if financial conditions deteriorate further – ING

The US Dollar Index experienced a rise of more than 1% on Wednesday which led to a technical correction and negative trading territory. Economists at ING have reported that the confidence crisis may spark the wrong kind of Dollar rally.

Another nervous day in FX markets is expected as investors hold onto defensive trades such as the long Japanese Yen on the crosses, and probably long Dollar balances in case financial conditions continually deteriorate. The DXY is predicted to remain highly volatile in a 104-106 range, however, the upside could come into focus for the wrong reasons if stress in the Dollar wholesale funding market were to spike again.

The current state of the economy has created an unstable environment not only for the US Dollar but for other currencies in the FX markets. The overwhelming presence of the pandemic has caused market uncertainty leading to financial loss and continuous volatility. As institutional investors pull out their assets from the market, the value of the US Dollar decreases leading to a high demand for defensive trades like the Japanese Yen and the Swiss Franc.

Analysts suggest that the bearish sentiment that is prevalent in the market could lead to the weakening of the US Dollar, leading to a confidence crisis. A confidence crisis occurs when investors start to lose faith in the US Dollar’s stability leading to a loss of value. The wrong kind of Dollar rally mentioned by economists at ING indicates that the US Dollar may experience a sudden surge, leading to further economic turmoil.

The confidence crisis experienced within the FX markets is rooted in the fundamental problems within the US economy. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread unemployment, causing a decrease in consumer demand, and eventually leading to recession. The government’s response to the crisis, in the form of stimulus packages and low-interest rates, has led to an increase in public debt leading to the devaluation of the US Dollar. The highly leveraged state of the economy may lead to a financial crisis, triggering a further devaluation of the US Dollar.

The rise of the US Dollar Index initially correlated with the fall in the stock market in February, with investors seeing it as a safe haven during times of market instability. However, this correlation broke down as the stock market began to recover, leading to investors moving into riskier assets. The US Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing (QE) program aimed at boosting economic growth and stabilizing the markets led to a further devaluation of the US Dollar.

Furthermore, the US Dollar has experienced fluctuations due to the recent presidential election. The rise of the US Dollar in the run-up to the election was due to investor’s hopes that President Trump would remain in office, leading to favorable economic policies. However, as Joe Biden prepares to take office, many investors are anticipating a decline in the US economy, leading to a weakening of the US Dollar.

In summary, the US Dollar Index’s recent rise, followed by a technical correction, has led to a negative trading territory. The confidence crisis may lead to the wrong kind of Dollar rally, leading to further economic turmoil. As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy, the stability of the US Dollar remains at stake. The current state of the economy may lead to a devaluation of the US Dollar, causing a confidence crisis among investors.

The FX markets will continue to experience volatility as investors hold onto defensive trades amidst bearish sentiment. As the US economy struggles to recover, the value of the US Dollar remains uncertain, leading to possible financial crises.


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