2018 was a tough year for the EUR/USD exchange rate. After a false start in January, the euro fell from its high of 1.25 versus the dollar to 1.14 by year end. The pair had to contend with a number of pressures including an up-rating of the market’s expectations around US monetary policy, US-centric trade …read more
About Andrew Bloomfield, CFA
Andrew Bloomfield is an Associate Director in the Research Team at Record. Andy holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Surrey and before joining Record worked on the Economic Research desk at J.P. Morgan. Andy is also a CFA Charterholder.email@example.com
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The Venezuelan government recently announced a de facto 95% devaluation of the bolivar and in the process pegged it to the value of the government’s newly issued crypto-come-oil-currency This will be an interesting development to follow. Not least because it is the first time a government or central bank has pegged to a cryptocurrency (the …read more
• Some market participants are worried about the ever rising market value of US borrowing vis-à-vis the rest of the world – as measured by the Net International Investment Position
• Currency depreciation can function as an effective method of adjustment following an increase in external borrowing
• However, there are reasons to be cautious about this line of thinking, especially with respect to the US dollar. These include asset valuation effects, and the role of the US as a global facilitator of excess saving.
In light of the currency board arrangement which pegs the HKD to the USD at a level of 7.80, the Hong Kong dollar’s decline this year represents a sizeable exchange rate move.
In this blog post we investigate the causes and discuss the implications for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s currency arrangement.
This year the RMB has bucked its recent trend and remained broadly stable against the US dollar for the first half of 2017. As the US dollar retraces, the RMB has softened against its main trade partners.
For Policymakers, this is a convenient outcome, though there exists a delicate balance to maintain and the recent change to the PBoC’s fixing mechanism looks to be a reflection of this.
If the self-imposed constraints of the ECB’s quantitative easing programme are respected, we estimate that the ECB will run out of eligible German Bunds (and German state and agency debt) to buy by mid to late 2018. We see this as the perfect excuse the ECB has for an early tapering of QE, as the Eurozone recovery consolidates.
We assess the implications of the removal of the CZK to EUR peg on April 6 2017 and what this means for how central banks manage peg removals going forward.
How to rank the relative attractiveness of Emerging Market currencies? In this blog post we bring together various metrics that should help investors decide on the perennial question, whether or not to hedge Emerging Market currency risk.
Since the US presidential election on November 9th, markets generally have welcomed the more conciliatory tone from the President-elect Donald Trump. How have currency markets reacted, how might the changing economic environment affect hedging decisions, and what does this mean for currency returns?
Sterling’s deprecation since June this year has been dramatic and many commentators have welcomed this as a way to rebalance the economy via an improving trade balance. However, this may not be the first and foremost mechanism presently at work : instead, we argue that the income balance is perhaps more important and the key adjustment mechanism in a world where trade responsiveness to currency changes is less than in the past.