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📝Base Case Sees Dollar Re-Testing Highs Later This Year: ING FX Strategy

FX markets this week will be dominated by Wednesday's FOMC meeting and whether the Fed provides any oxygen to the idea of a pivot - or a shift to a slower pace of tightening.

The market in effect already prices the pivot (pricing a 75bp hike this week and a 50bp hike in December) and we suspect the chances of another 75bp hike in December are under-priced. In addition, this week sees a whole raft of US data culminating in Friday's nonfarm employment data.

High beta currencies like the Norwegian krone, New Zealand dollar and British pound have been some of the best performers against the dollar over the last month. That has largely been due to the turnaround in sterling. But as my colleague James Smith discusses in his Bank of England (BoE) preview, the BoE may well disappoint with just a 50bp hike.

In short, it looks as though the dollar's month-long, 4.5% correction could have ended last Thursday and events this week could prove a catalyst to send the dollar back towards the highs. Our base case does see the dollar retesting the highs later this year. A break of 111.00/10 in DXY today could open up a move to the 111.80 area.

-ING FX Strategy



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