Intraday Market Thoughts

Yields Break Metals, Cryptos

by Adam Button
Jan 11, 2021 14:49

The prolonged jump in bond yields continues to uneash damage to metals and crypto currencies. Ashraf tweeted earlier today: "The ONLY way for metals to stabilize is for the Fed to "try" to convince us later this mth that breakeven inflation is not high enough and they need to see real actual inflation inflation breakevens is NOT serious inflation. As yields soar, metals plummet; #XAUUSD says goodbye to 200DMA & #Bitcoin -17%, biggest "daily" drop since...that 27% crash in March"   Both of Friday's Premium trades (FX & index) are already well in the green. Below is one of the latest tradable charts Ashraf shared with the WhatsApp Broadcast Group. 

President-elect Biden promised to reveal a new spending proposal worth “trillions” on Thursday in what might be the defining economic moment of his Presidency before it even begins. The new wave of spending combined with the $900B just issue threatens to upend the dollar trade at a time when CFTC positioning data shows a crowded short-dollar trade.  

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Yields Break Metals, Cryptos - Eurnzd Fractal Jan 11 2020 (Chart 1)

The US dollar has been the top-performing major currency since the Senate surprise and Biden's proposal underscores what has changed. Yes, the spending will create an enormous deficit but it will also lead to a boom in growth. Goldman Sachs is forecasting +6.2% GDP growth this year and that's before the details of the package on Thursday.

Another thing to consider is that the US (and UK) are receiving vaccine doses far quicker than elsewhere and that's going to lead to better relative growth.

On Friday, non-farm payrolls were soft but commentary from Clarida the same day highlighted diminished downside risks due to the vaccine. He also said policy is “exactly where we want it,” which likely kills talk of more QE, a WAM extension or anything else dovish. It means the next move from the Fed will be towards tightening. On QE he said he 'expects' to keep the pace through 2021 but he didn't rule out a taper.

Short-dollar is a strong consensus trade in 2021 and there are a multitude of reasons to expect long-term USD weakness but there are reasons to fear a squeeze in the near term, included in some of the crowded CFTC positions.

CFTC Commitments of Traders

Speculative net futures trader positions as of the close on Tuesday. Net short denoted by - long by +.

EUR +143K vs +143K prior

GBP +4K vs +5K prior

JPY +50K vs +47K prior

CHF +9K vs +12K prior

CAD +14K vs +15K prior

AUD -4K vs -7K prior

NZD +12K vs +15K prior



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