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USD/CAD Price Outlook Dependent on General Election Outcome

USD/CAD Price Outlook Dependent on General Election Outcome

Nick Cawley, Senior Strategist


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USD/CAD Price, News and General Election Analysis

  • USD/CAD weak but buyers may return on election outcome.
  • General election outcome too close to call with voters split.

Brand New Q4 2019 USD and CAD Forecast and Top Trading Opportunities

USD/CAD May Reverse Recent Gains

As Canada goes to the polls today, the two leading parties, the incumbent Liberals and the Conservatives, are neck-to-neck with each expected to get 30%-32% support. If these numbers are correct, it seems very likely that a minority-government will be formed with either the smaller New Democratic Party (NDP), Bloc Quebecois or the Green Party. In turn this will affect the value of the Canadian Dollar, with financial markets not keen on minority governments who find legislation difficult to pass or countries whose main political parties have become increasingly entrenched.

USD/CAD has fallen sharply in the last 10 days from just under 1.3350 to a current spot price of 1.3110, the lowest level since the end of July. The move has been helped by the weakness in the US dollar and the fact that Canadian rates (1.75%) may soon be higher than US rates (1.75% -2.0%) with the Fed fully expected to trim interest rates by another 25 basis points this month. The Canadian Dollar is one of the strongest G 10 currencies this year, despite the knock-on risks attached to the ongoing US-China trade war.

The USD/CAD chart shows the next level of horizontal support around the mid-July double low around 1.3015. Below here a reversal lower low, made on October 1, 2018 at 1.2783 would be a longer-term target. If the Canadian weakens post-election, a move back to 1.3240 is likely where resistance from the 20- and 50-day moving averages would act as resistance. A break and close above here would open the way to the 200-day moving average at 1.3295 and the recent highs around 1.3350. The CCI indicator currently shows the market as oversold.

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USD/CAD Daily Price Chart (January – October 21, 2019)

IG Client Sentiment shows that traders are 52% net-long USD/CAD, a bearish contrarian bias.

However recent daily and weekly positional changes give us a mixed outlook for USD/CAD.

Traders may be interested in two of our trading guides – Traits of Successful Traders and Top Trading Lessons – while technical analysts are likely to be interested in our latest Elliott Wave Guide.

What is your view on the Canadian Dollar and the US Dollar – bullish or bearish?? You can let us know via the form at the end of this piece or you can contact the author at or via Twitter @nickcawley1.

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