It is still all about the Fed – Rabobank

By FXstreet.com | Updated June 06, 2014 AAA

FXStreet (Guatemala) - Jane Foley, Senior Currency Strategist at Rabobank suggested that the ECB’s went further than expected yesterday with its list of monetary policy measures. However, by the close of the European trading session yesterday EUR/USD had already given back all of its post announcement losses.

Key Quotes:

“It seems that after years of extraordinary policy measures from various central banks the market has become sceptical as to their potential impact”.

“Huge volumes of QE by the Fed, the BoJ and the BoE have been successful at stoking stock markets gains and in many countries house prices inflation also”.

“However, slow growth and elevated levels of unemployment are still widespread across the developed world. The ECB’s new TLTRO may appear to be a reasonable concept to push cheap lending out to SMEs in the most stressed regions of the Eurozone”.

“However, it is not clear to what extent banks will want to lend into this very risky sector particularly in an environment in which they are paying back existing LTRO borrowing. All these scepticism sits on top of the fact that the dovish warnings of ECB President Draghi in the May meeting had convinced investors to take short EUR positions.”

“The ECB over the past few weeks has thus managed to engineer only a “buy of the rumours, sell on the fact” pattern for the EUR; it seems that the ECB’s ability to set the EUR into a new downtrend is still limited. Going forward there is reason to suspect that downside potential in EUR/USD could be evasive until USD bulls re-emerge in force”.

“Although there are signs that US growth is picking up after a horrible winter, economic data are not sufficiently strong to draw the bulls back to the market”.

“Adding to the torpor of the dollar is the perception that it would take a rocket to move the Fed from its present course of monetary policy. While the Fed is gradually reducing the size of its monthly assets purchases, it has persuaded the market that rates will remain at their all time long for a prolonged period. We expect that the Fed funds rate will not be raised until the very end of 2015 at the earliest and afterwards that the pace of tightening will be slow”.

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