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Is the NZD rally justified despite RBNZ rate cut in Dec’2015?

Is the NZD rally justified despite RBNZ rate cut in Dec’2015?

Financial Markets Explained
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand met on December 9th for its final monetary policy review for the year. Heading into the RBNZ's monetary policy event, the markets were widely divided on whether the New Zealand Central bank would cut rates or not, given that the it is an almost certainty that the US Federal Reserve would hike rates at the meeting on December 17th. However, the RBNZ did indeed deliver a 25 bps rate cut, bringing the overnight cash rate from 2.75% previously to 2.50%. In the monetary policy statement from the RBNZ which can be read here, the Central Bank noted that it felt justified that the current rate cut would help New Zealand's inflation move back into the 1.0% - 3.0% target range by mid 2016. The Central bank also accepted the view that inflation will remain weak in t...
What happened at the OPEC Meeting on December 4th 2015

What happened at the OPEC Meeting on December 4th 2015

Financial Markets Explained
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries or OPEC met for its bi-annual meeting in Vienna, Austria on December 4th, 2015. The OPEC meeting was crucial and gained considerable headlines into the run up to the meeting as investors were keen to learn whether OPEC would come together to cut Oil production due to the supply glut which flushed the global economies with tremendous amounts of Oil and leading to a sharp decline in Oil prices. However, much to the disappointment of many, the December 4th OPEC meeting was a non-event as the committee could not agree on cutting production and thus left the OPEC Oil production unchanged at around 31 million barrels per day, keeping the markets well oversupplied with Crude Oil. Was there any expectation of a cut to Oil production at the OP...
Why did the Euro rally on ECB’s decision in December, 2015

Why did the Euro rally on ECB’s decision in December, 2015

Financial Markets Explained
On December 3rd 2015, the European Central Bank met for its monetary policy review. The ECB decided to leave the minimum bid rate unchanged at 0.05%, but cut the deposit rate to -0.30%, from -0.10% a 20bps cut for deposits held at the Central Bank. The ECB then followed up the monetary policy decision with a press conference, where the Central Bank announced that it would extend the QE deadline from September 2016 to March 2017, while leaving the current pace of QE purchases unchanged at €60 billion per month. During the press conference and into the end of the day, the Euro rallied close to 3.06% for the day, closing at 1.0938 and posting a 21-day high. Prices reversed sharply after initially opening the day (03/12/2015) at 1.0612. So why did the Euro rally so strongly despite the E
German DAX – Mind the weekly double bottom

German DAX – Mind the weekly double bottom

Technical Analysis
From the update on German DAX a few weeks ago, the index which was trading at 10009 managed to turn around from the lows to close last Friday at 10188.4. The equity index was supported by the fact that the ECB had signaled its willingness to expand the sovereign bond purchases. Although nothing was confirmed, the fact that the option is now on the table has been supportive for the German DAX Index. It remains to be seen if indeed the ECB will expand its balance sheet and of course, it all depends on how the Eurozone data continues henceforth. So far, the markets were surprised with a pickup in the Eurozone GDP which increased to 0.4% for the second quarter, beating estimates. However, inflationary pressures remain to the downside especially in light of Crude Oil prices being forecasted...
German DAX could soon turn bearish

German DAX could soon turn bearish

Technical Analysis
The German DAX along with major world equity indices plunged the last week. For the week, the German benchmark index fell -9.35% after enjoying a strong first half of the year. The DAX index gained a total of 30.69% from the start of the year rallying from the yearly open at 9719 to test the highs of 12416 largely fuelled by the ECB's quantitative easing program. The rally continued on until April which was when the index started to post lower highs. To date, the DAX has wiped out -18% of the total gains made this year and looks poised for further downside in the near term. Since this year, the DAX has formed a strong inverse correlation to the EURUSD and the highs and the lows in both the currencies coincided strongly. With the view that the DAX could push lower in the near term outlo...