19, December 2014

Fundamental analysis

EUR/USD (a 4-hour chart)

The US Federal Reserve two-day meeting results announcement was the central event of the month. The monetary regulator increased the GDP growth rates assessment for the next three years. It was also noted the more rapid unemployment decline in 2015 and 2016. In this case, the financial authorities have reduced inflation forecasts in the short term and we expect decline to the level of 1% in the first half of the next year. At this meeting, the FOMC three members were in favor of raising the federal funds rate - the head of the Minneapolis Fed Kocherlakota was in the favor of the Fisher and Plosser traditional monetary policy. At the press conference, the head of the Federal Reserve announced that interest rates could be raised at any meeting in 2015 that indicates the transition from the conservative point of views to aggressive ones. Against this background, the euro was sold.

The pair GBP/USD was under pressure in the first half of the day after the Bank of England revised the inflation forecast towards the negative side. The MRS minutes reported the consumer prices decline that is less than 1% in annual terms that increased investors’ pessimism towards the British pound. Even the positive salary growth release could not have a significant impact on the market. The salary growth will have a positive impact on inflation and the GDP in the medium term, but the Bank of England short-term negative scenario once again will put pressure on the pound. The US Federal Reserve meeting results negatively reflected on the pound – traders actively get rid of the British pound that is fundamentally overvalued. Nevertheless the sterling increased at the yesterday trades.

That is what the bulls within the pair USD/JPY has been waiting for. The FOMC positive forecasts about the economic growth perspectives with demand on the US stock market encouraged traders for opening long positions. The pair dollar/yen has been the most undervalued currency for the last eight trading days and it is not surprising that namely there we observed the strongest US dollar growth.