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Post-RBA AUDUSD Rebound on Radar as Lowe Pushes for Fiscal Support

Post-RBA AUDUSD Rebound on Radar as Lowe Pushes for Fiscal Support

2019-10-03 06:00:00
David Song, Currency Strategist
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Australian Dollar Talking Points

AUD/USD attempts to retrace the decline following the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting, but the recent rebound in the exchange rate may prove to be short-lived as the central bank continues to endorse a dovish forward guidance for monetary policy.

Post-RBA AUDUSD Rebound on Radar as Lowe Pushes for Fiscal Support

AUD/USD bounces back from a fresh yearly-low (0.6671) as there appears to be growing calls for fiscal support, with the Australian Institute of Company Directors arguing that “there is a general consensus that the leverage frominterest rates is rapidly depleting, and it's about productivity, it's about fiscal stimulus.”

The statement coincides with the recent speech by Governor Philip Lowe as the central bank head pushes for “a renewed focus on structural measures to lift the nation's productivity performance,” and the RBA may seek assistance from Australian lawmakers as the central bank cuts the official cash rate (OCR) to a fresh record-low of 0.75%.

Image of RBA interest rate

It remains to be seen if the RBA will deliver another rate cut at the next meeting on November 4 as Governor Lowe warns that “there can be some undesirable side effects from low interest rates,” but it seems as though the central bank will continue to embark on its easing cycle as the board stands ready to “ease monetary policy further if needed.”

In turn, the Australian Dollar may face additional headwinds as the RBA retains a dovish forward guidance for monetary policy, with the broader outlook still tilted to the downside as AUD/USD continues to track the bearish trend from late last year.

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AUD/USD Rate Daily Chart

Image of AUDUSD daily chart

Source: Trading View

  • Keep in mind, the AUD/USD rebound following the currency market flash-crash has been capped by the 200-Day SMA (0.6987), with the exchange rate marking another failed attempt to break/close above the moving average in July.
  • More recently, AUDUSD has taken out the September-low (0.6688) following the RBA meeting, with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) offering a bearish signal as the oscillator snaps the bullish formation from August.
  • However, the string of failed attempts to close below 0.6690 (50% expansion) may generate range-bound conditions, with a move above the Fibonacci overlap around 0.6720 (78.6% expansion) to 0.6740 (38.2% expansion) bringing the 0.6800 (61.8% expansion) handle back on the radar.

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Strategist

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