Going into 2017, the market consensus was one of a strong US dollar environment, with the expectation of the US engine firing on all cylinders, with support from fiscal policy, monetary policy and de-regulation. The engine has stuttered, the US dollar has been declining all year and not many US dollar bulls are left. We are taking stock.
Some of the clouds over Europe’s political landscape have disappeared after the French presidential election resulted in a market-friendly outcome. So has the Swiss franc now lost its value as a Eurozone malaise hedge, or are there other reasons to hold the currency?
The Chinese yuan (CNY) appears to have been stable over the last couple of months, giving the impression that capital outflows have stabilised. But while the Chinese dragon seems to be asleep, there is more going on than meets the eye. The side effects of government intervention are increasingly apparent in the Hong Kong dollar (HKD) market, which offers an interesting way for investors to seek to protect against the risk of another round of market stress stemming from potential CNY depreciation.