HiFX's Dan Bell reviews the NZ$'s dip as investors move into safe havens, fearing central bank's can't stop a synchronised global economic slowdown

HiFX's Dan Bell reviews the NZ$'s dip as investors move into safe havens, fearing central bank's can't stop a synchronised global economic slowdown

By Bernard Hickey

Here's my weekly currencies review and outlook with HiFX's Senior Dealer Dan Bell, including a look at the New Zealand dollar's dip to 79 USc from over 80.7 USc this week on fears about the global economy.

We spoke initially about figures on Friday afternoon showing Chinese GDP growth slowed to a three year low of 7.6% in the June quarter, which was in line with expectations and not as bad as some feared.

Overall, investors have been disappointed this week with a lack of central bank action to boost the economy and further signs the European debt crisis is unlikely to be fixed any time soon.

"We've seen the US dollar broadly strengthen against most major currencies in the last week," he said, pointing to the euro's drop below US$1.22 and the New Zealand dollar's rise to fresh record highs vs the euro of over 65 euro cents.

"The problem with a lot of the peripheral European economies is they need lower government bond yields," he said, pointing to perilously high levels of Italian and Spanish bonds.

"Overall higher borrowing costs, lower growth and austerity are not a good mix for the European economies and they're going to find it very hard going."

US Federal Reserve Open Markets Committee minutes this week showed only 4 of the voting members favoured more stimulus, Bell said.

"It's another negative for the New Zealand dollar and global equity markets are looking sluggish as well," he said.

The Bank of Japan also held back on more stimulus, although Bell said he expected the central bank would eventually have to act to contain a surging yen.

"No one wants a strong currency in this day and age, but with these safe haven currency flows investors are buying currencies despite the fact they pay no yield and their economies aren't all that attractive, but it's a relative story."

US, German and Japanese bond yields hit record lows this week.

"It's all about preservation of capital and right now people aren't concerned about the returns they get on their capital. If anything there's more concern we're entering some kind of deflationary cycle that could be quite negative for everyone," he said.

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Dan Bell is the Senior Dealer at HiFX, a UK-headquartered foreign exchange dealer with significant operations in Australia and New Zealand. It has a dealing room in Auckland. See more detail here.

 

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5 Comments

The NZ$ is to be entered in the winter olympics...in the downhill event....where it belongs!
Peasants ought to go read this article...and think about our 'coalition govt' and the ongoing debasement of the currency..
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article35552.html

Great link Wolly - recommended.

Great but frightening Walter.
If you are not getting more than 4% on your savings, you are losing capital.
Expect English to fork out our future to help King corrupt the Pound...he is already stealing from us to bail out piigs holes. 

I find it strange that investors who crow how great a free market is are dis-appointed that central banks seem to be doing too little t...uh prop up the free markets. So what it really comes down to is not free markets just I want to make a huge profiy and I dont care how....amoral comes to mind.
I also find it interesting that this piece can read so much into 1 week.....when really the trend has been here for 3 or 4 years showing just how bad it is....
eyes wide shut as they say.
Its interesting to sit here and watch, except of course Im on the same test tube...
:/
regards
 

Odd really , how currency investors are so blind to the facts before them : the USA is recovering , albiet at snail's pace .... China has successfully engineered their slow-down to more manageable mid 7 % GDP growth .... and the UK is showing signs of life ...
 
... if we could just drag out the central bankers into the streets , before they do any more damage , and have the job lot of them shot ...  wheeler them out , say I ...