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Currencies AUD Euro May Fall if ECB ABS Purchase Results Reveal Timid Effort

Talking Points:

  • Euro May Fall if Timid ABS Purchase Effort Fuels “Sovereign QE” Outlook
  • NZ Dollar Falls Before RBNZ Rate Decision, Aussie Down on Chinese Data
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The European Central Bank will be in the spotlight in European trading hours as it announces the size of last week’s covered bond and ABS purchases. The central bank has purchased €17.8 billion in covered bonds since the effort began in late October at a pace of about €2.7 billion per week, an effort that has been unable to significantly ramp up balance sheet expansion.

Today’s announcement will mark the first round of reporting on ABS purchases and traders are likely to look to the outcome as a pace-setter. Repayments of past LTRO efforts have averaged about €6 billion per week since October, explaining why covered bond-buying has been unable to deliver a potent stimulative push. If ABS uptake is too small to make a meaningful difference in this calculus, firming bets on a future move to “sovereign QE” may weigh on the Euro.

The New Zealand Dollar underperformed in overnight trade, falling as much as 0.8 percent on average against its leading counterparts. The selloff tracked a drop in the 3-month bank bill yield, pointing to fading rate hike expectations ahead of this week’s RBNZ policy announcement as the likely catalyst behind the selloff.

The Australian Dollar likewise fell following a disappointing set of Chinese trade figures that showed exports grew just 4.7 percent year-on-year in November. The reading fell short of expectations calling for a 8 percent gain and marked the smallest increase in seven months. The Aussie lost as much as 0.4 percent against the majors.

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