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Add short NZD/CAD in high conviction calls
We have added short NZD/CAD into our high conviction calls for two main reasons: monetary policy and speculative positioning. Our year-end target is 0.89. We put our stop loss at 0.97.
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Financial markets are less pessimistic on RBNZ and more dovish on BoC
Financial markets have pared bets that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) will reduce the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25bp later this year due to concerns that a more accommodative monetary policy will magnify housing market imbalances. We acknowledge the odds that the RBNZ will cut the OCR by 25bp to 2% in August have declined, with a 40% probability priced in by financial markets. Nevertheless, we expect the RBNZ to strike a dovish tone on the strength on the NZD as the NZD trade weighted index is trading more than 9% stronger than the RBNZ’s forecast for the end of this year. As more macro prudential tools to address housing market imbalances are likely to be implemented later this year, the RBNZ is likely to lower the OCR in November if they decide to pause next month. A 25bp rate cut in November is not fully priced in. In addition, financial markets are more dovish on monetary policy bias in Canada. We expect the Bank of Canada to keep monetary policy unchanged this year, while financial markets have priced in a 25% probability of a rate cut this year. We also expect a recovery in crude oil prices to support sentiment in the CAD.
Overcrowded speculative long NZD positions
As shown in the graphs below, the deviation between the NZD/CAD and interest rate differentials is too large as speculators pile into the NZD due to its attractive carry. Data from the CFTC also show that non-commercial long NZD futures positions are overcrowded. The NZD/CAD is also near key resistance zone around 0.9600-0.9650 which has capped prices since 2014. Last but not least, technical indicators also imply that prices are in overbought territory.