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AUD/USD Continues To Tumble as Stocks Sell Off Worldwide

AUD/USD Continues To Tumble as Stocks Sell Off Worldwide

Oded Shimoni, Junior Currency Analyst

Talking Points:

- AUD/USD sell-off continues after reversing at 0.77

- Bonds are plummeting worldwide (yields higher), alongside a sell-off in global equities, correlation highest since 2008

- Fed’s Brainard today could add fuel to fire if Fed hike speculation gets pushed forward

The Australian Dollar is tumbling versus other major currencies after Friday saw a global bond and stock sell-off, which carried through to start the trading week.

The AUD/USD reversed off the 0.77 handle last week as a sign of things to come, and it seems the sentiment sensitive currency has suffered most since.

Aussie has strengthened against the backdrop of central bank support worldwide pushing yields lower, as the currency still held an attractive relative yield.

Recent movements worldwide might suggest that the market was in a somewhat “complacent mode”, with yields expectations at rock bottom.

Fed’s Brainard is in focus today and could add fuel to fire if Fed hike speculation gets pushed forward.

Against this backdrop we will form our outlook and look to find short term trading opportunities using different tools such as the Grid Sight Index (GSI) indicator.

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Fed-speak is in focus today, with Lockhart, Kashkari and Brainard set to give speeches.

Perhaps above all, the market will want to hear what Brainard has to say, as she might just be the most dovish voting policymaker.

The other two member’s hawkish view has been quite telegraphed as of late, so it would seem that if Brainard sets a similar tone the US Dollar could rise.

We have mentioned for quite a while that the Aussie could remain supported in a record low yield and low volatility environment, suspecting that the market could go on a “rate cut rally” ahead of the RBA rate cut decision, as the currency still held one of the more attractive yields.

With that said, the tide seemed to have shifted in the last couple of trading days, after the ECB opted for inaction, and speculation that the BOJ might shift its policy to try and push longer term yields higher – potentially inducing a bond market rout.

Indeed, concerns of the risks of extremely easy monetary policy for too long started to creep in lately, and alongside a rise in Fed rate hike speculation, risk assets seemed poised for some pressure, perhaps caught in a “complacent state” with extremely low volatility.

All the above bodes ill for the sentiment linked Australian Dollar, as stocks and bonds correlation currently sits at the highest level since 2008. The fact that the Aussie has been rallying recently may have added a “liquidity fuel" to the fire as well, with longs running for cover.

AUD/USD Technical Levels:

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We use volatility measures as a way to better fit our strategy to market conditions. The Australian Dollar is expected to be more volatile than other majors versus its US counterpart based on 1-week and 1-month implied volatility measures.

In turn, this might suggest that the breakout type plays might be appropriate ahead.

AUD/USD 30-Min Chart (With the GSI Indicator): September 12, 2016

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The AUD/USD is trading near potential support at 0.75, with GSI calculating higher percentages of past movement to the upside in the short term.

The GSI indicator above calculates the distribution of past event outcomes given certain momentum patterns. By matching events in the past, GSI describes how often the price moved in a certain direction.

You can learn more about the GSI here.

Other support levels to watch in the short term might be 0.7460, 0.7423 and 0.74.

Levels of resistance may be 0.7550, 0.7575, 0.76, and 0.7624.

We generally want to see GSI with the historical patterns significantly shifted in one direction, which alongside a pre-determined bias and other technical tools could provide a solid trading idea that offer a proper way to define risk.

We studied over 43 million real trades and found that traders who successfully define risk were three times more likely to turn a profit.

Read more on the “Traits of Successful Traders” research.

Meanwhile, the DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) is showing that about 59.0% of traders are long the AUD/USD at the time of writing after flipping long on the drop, apparently trying to pick a bottom, offering a short bias on a contrarian basis.

You can find more info about the DailyFX SSI indicator here

--- Written by Oded Shimoni, Junior Currency Analyst for

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