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AUD/USD 2016 Advance at Risk on Toughened RBA Verbal Intervention

AUD/USD 2016 Advance at Risk on Toughened RBA Verbal Intervention

David Song, Shuyang Ren,


- Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Anticipated to Keep Official Cash Rate at 2.00%.

- Will Governor Glenn Stevens Keep the Door Open for Lower Borrowing-Costs?

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Trading the News: Reserve Bank of Australia Interest Rate Decision

According to a Bloomberg News survey, all of the 27 economists polled forecast the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to keep the benchmark interest rate on hold at 2.00%, but the fresh comments coming out of the central bank may spark a bearish reaction in the Australian dollar should Governor Glenn Stevens and Co. toughen the verbal intervention on the local currency.

What’s Expected:


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Why Is This Event Important:

More of the same from the RBA may spark a lackluster reaction as Governor Stevens continues to endorse a wait-and-see approach, but the central bank may increase its efforts to talk-down the local currency in order to further assist with the rebalancing of the real economy.

Expectations: Bullish Argument/Scenario

Private Sector Credit (MoM) (JAN)0.5%0.5%
Private Capital Expenditure (4Q)-3.0%0.8%
Consumer Inflation Expectations (FEB)--3.6%

The RBA may stick to the sidelines throughout 2016 as inflation expectations remain largely anchored, and bright signs coming out of the region may encourage Governor Stevens to adopt a more neutral outlook for monetary policy as the previous rate-cuts work their way through the real economy.

Risk: Bearish Argument/Scenario

Company Operating Profit (QoQ) (4Q)-1.8%-2.8%
Wage Price Index (YoY) (4Q)2.3%2.2%
Retail Sales (MoM) (DEC)0.4%0.0%

However, the slowdown in private-sector earnings may prompt the RBA to further insulate economy, and a greater willingness to implement additional monetary support may dampen the appeal of the higher-yielding currency as interest rate expectations deteriorate.

How To Trade This Event Risk(Video)

Bullish AUD Trade: RBA Remains on Sidelines, Endorses Wait-and-See Approach

  • Need green, five-minute candle following the rate decision for a potential long AUD/USD trade.
  • If market reaction favors a bullish aussie trade, buy AUD/USD with two separate position.
  • Set stop at the near-by swing low/reasonable distance from entry; look for at least 1:1 risk-to-reward.
  • Move stop to breakeven on remaining position once initial target is met, set reasonable limit.

Bearish AUD Trade: Governor Stevens Toughens Verbal Intervention/Adopts More Dovish Tone

  • Need red, five-minute candle to consider a short AUD/USD position.
  • Carry out the same setup as the bullish aussie trade, just the opposite direction.

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Potential Price Targets For The Release


AUD/USD Daily Chart

Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

  • The near-term advance in AUD/USD may largely unravel over the coming days as the pair fails to test the 200-Day SMA (0.7263), while the Relative Strength Index (RSI) struggles to retain the bullish formation from earlier this year.
  • Interim Resistance: 0.7380 (50% retracement) to 0.7390 (78.6% expansion)
  • Interim Support: 0.6830 (161.8% expansion) to 0.6860 (61.8% expansion)

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  • The DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) continues to show increased volatility in retail positioning, with the FX crowd flipping back net-long AUD/USD ahead of the RBA interest rate decision.
  • The recent shift in positioning could be a result of month end flows as shorts narrowed 25.8% from the previous week, with the ratio currently sitting at +1.03 as 51% of traders are now long.

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Impact that the RBA Interest Rate decision has had on AUD during the last meeting

PeriodData ReleasedEstimateActualPips ChangePips Change
FEB 201502/02/2016 03:30 GMT2.00%2.00%-28-24

February 2016 Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Interest Rate Decision


Even though the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the cash rate on hold at 2.00%, Governor Glenn Stevens and Co. left the door open to further support the real economy as the central bank anticipates ‘below-average’ growth over the policy horizon. As a result, signs of a slowing recovery may push the RBA to further embark on its easing cycle as China – Australia’s largest trading partner – faces a growing risk for a ‘hard-landing.’ The initial market reaction was short-lived, with AUD/USD struggling to hold above the 0.7100 handle as the pair ended the Asia/Pacific trade at 0.7079.

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst and Shuyang Ren

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