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Collinson FX market Commentary: 15 May 2012
The markets continued to plunge fueled by the Greek political impasse and turmoil ensuing. Traditional Greek Political parties do not have the numbers to do a deal and the new emerging parties refuse to accept austerity. This will force a new election next month with support for the new anti-austerity parties likely to grow. This all certainly points to Greece leaving the EURO which could be the first shoe to drop.
It also could be the life saving operation needed to remove the cancer in an effort to save the patient! The EUR continued to weaken as the crises unfolds moving down to 1.2840. Spanish Bonds reflected this rising to highs.
EU Industrial Production contracted under the effects of austerity but the more worrying developments are political. Merkel is losing momentum in Germany with movement towards the anti-austerity left. The new pro growth, left message is a figment of the imagination. It is deficit and debt overwhelming these nations and until they can control this, disaster approaches. The fiscal austerity could be overcome through monetary intervention by the ECB.
Printing more money may solve the immediate crises but undermines the wealth of citizens. This may be the answer as it is working in the US although it will come to naught as inflation grips the Zone as in Germany many years ago. Wheelbarrows instead of wallets.
In the US a dearth of economic data focused the markets on Europe and pushed equities lower.
Commodities continued to suffer with the associated currencies. AUD fell below parity trading 0.9965 and the KIWI following 0.7775. Risk off trades drive market vulnerability endorsing the May Sell phenomena.
Collinson FX market Commentary: 14 May 2012
Markets steadied to close the week despite some disturbing new from JP Morgan.
The big news that shook markets was for once not the political upheaval gripping Europe. JPMorgan announced a huge loss attributed to some French trader working out of the City of London. This loss was described as a hedging bet gone wrong but to lose over US$2 Billion in under six weeks, it reeks of derivative trades. The loss was substantial but the implications were far more far-reaching. The systemic losses that lead to the GFC had been realized apparently. This was not to happen again so who has their pants down? Further revelations this week will answer more questions.
Meanwhile Europe continued to wobble with the Greek impasse continuing and no end in sight.
The EUR dropped to test 1.2900 and the GBP has also fallen to 1.6070.
The crises engulfing Europe has killed risk appetite and demand pushing the AUD back to parity and the KIWI to around 0.7800.
This week holds plenty of economic indicators but markets will be concentrating on political developments in Europe.
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