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Antipodean upheaval – AUDNZD update

Earlier this week, we outlined some of the key economic factors that we thought the RBNZ would consider in its interest rate meeting yesterday. Based on the available evidence our conclusion was the RBNZ would surprise the market and elect to keep interest rates on hold, which proved to be correct.

When asked what the deciding factor was, Governor Orr conveniently ignored Tuesdays drop in 2 year inflation expectations (which is the time frame monetary policy matters most) and instead noted that 5 year and 10 year inflation expectations remained well anchored at the midpoint of the RBNZ's target band.

While this may be true, it offers a convenient alibi to a subject we canvassed in this article It is acknowledged that central bankers do talk amongst themselves, and perhaps its no coincidence that the FOMC, RBA, and RBNZ all delivered interest rate cuts totalling 75bp in 2019 and then showed a reluctance to ease further.

Which brings me to the subject of today’s note. Have the RBA mistaken not cutting interest rates for a fourth time in 2019 considering today’s weak Australian jobs data for October?

The -19k fall in employment was the first fall since May 2018 and the largest fall since August 2016. Weakness was broad-based with both full time (-10.3k) and part-time employment (-8.7k) falling. Both the unemployment rate and the underemployment rate ticked higher to 5.3% and 8.5% respectively, despite a small drop in the participation rate.

As a result, AUDNZD has fallen into the 1.0640/1.0570 support zone that includes the 50% Fibonacci retracement of the rally from the August 1.0264 low to the recent 1.0865 high. However, the impulsive nature of the selloff over the past 48 hours has created a degree of technical damage that is likely to keep buyers on the sidelines in the near term.

For now, the sensible course of action in AUDNZD is to allow the market time to stabilise and look for signs of a base to form over the coming weeks.

Antipodean upheaval – AUDNZD update

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