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AUD/USD: at the strategic 0.7000
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Monday saw a halt to risky moods reigning in Forex since last week. Tuesday saw the reinstatement of the USD's power. Today, the USD is shaking again, and the AUD is back at 0.7000. Very likely, the currency pair will get up to the local resistance of 0.7030 during the day before we hear what the Federal Reserve has to say. That announcement will either make the AUD/USD break through this local resistance or bounce downwards. So watch the FOMC monetary policy statement!
On Thursday, the 2nd of February, the Bank of England will publish its report concerning interest rates and inflation data for the Eurozone. Professionals and investors anticipate that Andrew Bailey’s lead team of policy makers will likely raise interest rates to 4%; the highest in over a decade, for the tenth time in a row.
The first FOMC meeting comes after a buildup of anticipation from traders and investors alike, as the markets await what posture the Fed will take regarding the interest rates; would there be a hike or a cut in interest rates? Recall that the Federal Open Market Committee had previously ended the year 2022 with a 50bps hike, and an indication from Powell, the committee chairman, that the Fed could consider raising interest rates by 75bps in the course of the year 2023.
Western countries are trying to find other options for oil and gas supplies after a 10th package of sanctions, which will put more pressure on Russian oil and decrease global oil supply. Italy, for example, is in talks with Libya.