Forex FOREX PRO WEEKLY, June 20 - 24, 2022

Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA
This week a lot of important events have happened. It could sound a bit surprising, but most of them are not of financial sphere. Yes, we've got Fed meeting, special ECB meeting, important statistics release, but all of them are not major drivers. We see that real drivers are drastic drop of gas supply to the EU and Putin, Xi and other leaders speeches on S-Petersburg economy forum. I suspect that this event was ignored by western media, but it doesn't changes the importance of this event. We skip political background and focus on economical shifts that it should have direct impact on the value of major currencies.

So, I think that gas question and Putin speech we consider tomorrow in Gold report, as it has more relation to geopolitical tensions. Here we just tell two things. Putin said that global financial system transforms from financial economy to real-assets economy. Second - he said that cunning strategy of "robbing of the century" is over.

He means that western countries just printing money and buying all goods across the board in fact for the piece of paper, for free. Money supply of G7 have increased twofold, as they have printed together 20% of global GDP, more than $20 Trln. They even do not bother to think on cutting consumption and stubbornly finance deficits by just printing it. Since the GDP of all developed countries includes 50-70% of services that, in fact, can't be treated as the real assets - major currencies are overpriced at least for 2 times now and have to be devaluated. This is the core of Putin thesis that relates to global economy system.

In the shed of recent events, it becomes clear why OPEC countries are not hurry up to increase supply to the west. The US sets the price of hydrocarbons as all of them are traded in the US exchanges, and payment currency is also controlled by them, which is US Dollar. But oil&gas suppliers know about printing, and know that barrel now costs two times higher, if it wouldn't be controlled artificially through the US quoting system on the ICE, NYMEX and other exchanges.

The US understands it, but EU beurocrats are too slow-minded, living in virtual reality. But soon the real things catch up with them.

Still, this is long-term strategic, tectonic shifts that have long lasted and extended effect in the future. You could think about it if you're interested. Now let's take a look at more actual questions.

Market overview

Let's start with ECB special meeting, when they have tried to fight the fire of coming policy change. As a result of ECB hints on PEPP programme stop and rising interest rates - default spreads of indebted countries, such as Italy and Greece have jumped few times, and reached 5%+ level above Germany yields.

The European Central Bank promised fresh support for the bloc's indebted southern rim on Wednesday, tempering a market rout that threatened a repeat of the debt crisis that almost brought down the single currency a decade ago. Government borrowing costs have soared on the 19-country currency bloc's periphery since the ECB unveiled plans last Thursday to raise interest rates to tame painfully high inflation.

But the bank failed to reassure investors it would contain the rise in borrowing costs, making only a vague pledge and stoking fears it was abandoning more indebted nations, such as Italy, Spain and Greece, which have struggled for years under the weight of massive debt piles. Reversing course just six days later, the ECB said it would direct cash to more indebted nations from debt maturing in a recently-ended 1.7 trillion euro ($1.8 trillion) pandemic support scheme and it would work on a new instrument to prevent an excessive divergence in borrowing costs.

"We cannot surrender to fiscal dominance," Lagarde said at a forum in London. "Neither can we surrender to finance dominance; we have to deliver on our mandate."

Dutch central bank chief Klaas Knot said that policymakers instructed staff to work at an accelerated pace on the new tool, in case sending reinvestments south were not enough.

"If it will not be enough, rest assured that we stand ready," Knot told a conference.

As a result - markets suspect new ECB tool to address bond stress could mimic old tools. With the bloc clearly facing that fragmentation problem, it is important for any new bond-buying tool from the ECB to be flexible, investors said. So just like the pandemic-era PEPP emergency stimulus scheme, it would need to ditch the capital-key principle of buying bonds in relation to the size of economies, instead buying debt from countries which most need help.

If we translate this initiative on common language it means that ECB switches the backpedal. As Spydell Finance comments this event - they retreat yet starting rate change and close of PEPP. Rates on 10-year Greek government bonds reached 4.7%, Italy 4.3% (max since 2013), Spain 3% (max since 2014). Absolute levels are not as important here but the relative change in very short period of time. Default spreads hit 4% level with the all time maximum speed, it's a collapse, guys.

It is not the levels themselves that are important here (there is still room to fall before 2011), but also the speed of movement – the spread reaches 4 percentage points, which is the maximum margin in history, as well as the rate of change in rates. Yes, it's a collapse, and ECB in panic thinks how to fight the fire. This is just the beginning.

Meanwhile, commodity prices in euros (including euro drop against the dollar) are at new highs, accelerating inflation. The loss of control over inflation and the collapse of confidence in the ECB are inevitable. If the Fed tires to do everything that they could, the ECB is in total oblivion.

It means that ECB postpones printing machine stop. With the EU PPI around 40% -

...and record trade deficit, what do you think should happen with the EUR? This is rhetoric question.. :cool:

The rate decision from SNB that is made prior (!!!!) than ECB tells everything, as SNB policy is major barometer of financial sentiment in Europe. This is exceptional decision that clearly shows of high inflation risks and structural economical crisis.

The Swiss National Bank raised its policy interest rate for the first time in 15 years in a surprise move on Thursday and said it was ready to hike further, joining other central banks in tightening monetary policy to fight resurgent inflation. The central bank increased its policy rate to -0.25% from the -0.75% level it has deployed since 2015, sending the safe-haven franc sharply higher. Nearly all the economists polled by Reuters had expected the SNB to keep rates steady.

So, if SNB hikes for 0.5%, what ECB should do, and where the EU rate has to be? Just try to compare EU and Switzerland economy risks...

What about the FED?

Next question is the Fed policy and its courage to stay on the course, that we have some doubts about. Market showed no reaction in a moment of rate decision. As we've suggests this event has been priced-in few days before when all markets have shown collapse that couldn't be justified by expectations of just 0.5% interest rate change.

The dollar slipped against a basket of currencies on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 75 basis points in a historic move to fight inflation and projected a slowing economy and rising unemployment in the months to come. The rate hike was the biggest made by the U.S. central bank since 1994, and was delivered after recent data showed little progress in its inflation battle. U.S. central bank officials also flagged a faster path of increases in borrowing costs to come, more closely aligning monetary policy with a rapid shift this week in financial market views of what it will take to bring price pressures under control.

Here we have to acknowledge, that all Fed forecasts concerning inflation rate is a junk. Since the problems have started they were repeating mantras on "temporal" inflation and that PPI should drop to converge CPI. While the economic theory suggests the opposite, that CPI should climb as it is lagging behind Production inflation:


Take a look what they forecast now:


As you understand - their forecasts have no relation to reality. We already said that they have to rise rates to 8% to get an effect. This is, if we talk about consumer inflation. In production, they have to reach the ceil of 70's - up to 15-18% to stabilize situation. Now let's take a look at some details.

Last week, we've mentioned that the US banking sector should feel real stress while interest rates keep going higher, because of too low interest profit margin. Today Reuters reports that problems are started:

An indicator of credit risk in the U.S. banking system may be showing signs of stress, as the Federal Reserve's aggressive rate hike path ratchets up expectations of economic pain. The so-called FRA-OIS spread , which measures the gap between the U.S. three-month forward rate agreement and the overnight index swap rate, increased to 29.55 basis points on Thursday, its widest since May 23, according to data from Refinitiv. The measure was at -11.66 bps earlier in the week.

"The recent spike in the spread between forward rate agreement and overnight index swap rate is concerning," said Jordan Jackson, a global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. "As the Fed turns more hawkish, there is a rise in recession concerns and that is increasing the underlying credit risk. Now that quantitative tightening has officially started, we have seen reserve drainage pretty persistent over the last several months," Jackson said, adding that he expects the FRA-OIS spread to widen even further.

Spreads on five-year credit default swaps (CDS) of JP Morgan , Goldman Sachs , Morgan Stanley , Citigroup , Wells Fargo and Bank of America peaked to fresh two-year highs on Thursday. Some strategists are concerned that these might point to "stress under the surface".

"The overall underpinnings of the economy are quite shaky," said Ryan Detrick, senior strategist at LPL Financial. "The next six months could be quite perilous."

Concerns are growing that U.S. corporate earnings are increasingly at risk from dizzying inflation, a strong dollar and rising interest rates, complicating the outlook for investors already reeling from the S&P 500's bear market confirmation earlier this week.

Speaking on stock market, we already said that by our view it is doomed, and we should see 2 times drop of S&P index within 1-2 years. The reason is greed, as investors were taking loans and invest them in shares buybacks, pushing stocks higher. And market is still strongly overpriced, despite 20% plunge:


In general we could get something like in 1929 (Sometimes it is interesting ideas in TW):

Two other moments that would like to consider here. First is explosive growth of supply credit with highly negative consumer sentiment. This is unnatural combination, because usually these indicators move together:

What does it mean? Previously we already said that personal savings stand at historical lows. To keep the same level of consumption that people are inhabit of, they take loans. Inflation is rising and people suggest to buy goods until they are relatively cheap. But, it is inflationary factor, when you support consumption activity via loans. But on a way of rising interest rates - it unavoidably leads to defaults, and inability to payout debts. That, in turn, leads to consumption drop, rising of banking provisions and write-offs.

Second - the employment sector. One of the component of our long-term view is rising unemployment, which we suggest should be now 8-9% but not 3.5% as it officially showed. One of the our favorite sources -
Zero Hedge publishes the article that problems begin:

Last weekend we showed something remarkable (or delightful, if one is a stock bull): with the US economy on the verge of recession, with inflation topping, with the housing market about to crack, the last pillar holding up the US economy (and preventing the Fed from continuing its tightening plans beyond the summer), the job market, had just hit a brick wall as revealed by real-time indicators - such as Revello's measure of total job postings - which plunged by 22.5%, the biggest change on record (we also listed several other labor market metrics confirming that the job market was about to crater).

Fast forward to today when one day after we found that initial jobless claims continue to rise after hitting a generational low in March, and as company after company is warning that it will freeze hiring amid a historic profit margin crunch - if not announce outright layoff plans - Piper Sandler has compiled all the recent company mass layoff announcements. They are, in a word, startling.

Here are the stunning implications according to Piper Sandler:
  • We could see a million layoffs or more, as many goods sectors that benefited from the pandemic now realize they added too much capacity (as involuntary admissions make clear).
  • Low-income workers - who enjoyed the hottest wage gains during the crisis - are now most at risk of layoffs, with remaining job holders to see much slower wage growth.
  • Payrolls gains are poised to downshift to just 100k/month on average in the second half of the year, from about 515k/month through April.
While the above implications are startling for the US economy as a whole, they are especially bad for America's poorest quintile which, according to Morgan Stanley calculations, now have less "excess cash" than they did pre-covid. In other words, the poorest 20% income quintile is now poorer than it was before Biden's massive stimmy bonanza. And with every passing month, more quintile will get dragged underneath.


So, guys, we just briefly run through major economical data, but even this view is enough to understand the scale of the tragedy. In fact, Fed has only two ways to stabilize situation - the Correct way, and Fed's way. Correct way suggests rising rates until at least of 8%, tightening policy and set tough financial conditions, that suggest increasing of funding cost and setting barrier, some threshold for obtaining financial resources. This scenario assumes an accelerated rates growth, a radical collapse of markets, "zombie" companies due to rising debt service costs.

Within the correct scenario by Spydell Finance, the demand in the economy should collapse by at least 15-20% compares to 2021. Over 30% of companies with a high debt burden and without a steady cash flow should go bankrupt within 12-15 months, market capitalization will collapse by at least 35-40% from the levels of June 13 (minimum 2400 on the S&P 500). The cryptocurrency will crash twice more to 450-500 billion dollars compared to 3 trillion at the end of 2021. The revenue of the companies will decrease by 10% at face value, the profit will fall by 30-35%.

This should lead to the sterilization of excess cache, normalization of the demand/supply balance in the economy and a gradual decrease in inflation. With this scenario, it should be possible to keep the basic confidence with fiat currencies and the existing structure of the financial system, the stability of debt markets can be maintained against the background of the Great Redistribution of capital of wrong "Fed" scenario, when cash flows artificially flow out of the stock market into the debt markets, what we see now. In general this process could take years. However, a chain of bankruptcies, demand collapse should lead to a drop in GDP by 7-10%. Politically, this option hardly looks preferable.

Second, "Wrong" or "Fed" scenario
suggests an imitation of the fight against inflation, and at the first threat of a recession and a collapse of markets, they will inevitably put the backpedal, stopping the cycle of policy tightening. As ECB did, depending on the scale of markets' collapse, we could get verbal interventions with promises to flood the markets with unlimited liquidity again.

In this scenario, they can stabilize asset bubbles in the short term, but the accumulated imbalances will be fully realized. Inflation will continue to rise, real interest rates will go even more into negative territory, the open capital market will be blocked, and the debt market will begin to collapse.

In the future, this will lead to a total collapse of the entire modern architecture of the world economy system, with total lost of faith in fiat currencies and the stability of the debt market. In the future, this will lead to incomparably worse conditions. The crisis is much bigger and deeper than the Great Depression. As a result, Fed has the choice between bad and worse, but it is almost certain that they will choose the second one, because of political reasons. Keeping it simple, we could call the first scenario as "disease treatment" while the second one is just a "headache pill".

To be continued...

Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA

With the mentioned fundamental background and few additional events in energy sector, political precedent from Baltic countries that we will discuss tomorrow in Gold report, EUR perspectives look negative. Although we have the target that we could calculate now - it is a big risk that downside trend continues after this target as well. Thus, currently I wouldn't consider investing in any EU assets as it has even greater negative rates than the US.

Market is not at oversold. Our major AB-CD pattern here shows clear acceleration of CD leg through the OP target, market already stands below YPS1 which is strongly bearish. This significantly increases chances on downside continuation. Although we have nearest target around 0.9750, which is the butterfly 1st extension, it is more probable that in the case of drop below the parity, EUR should tend to major target cluster of 0.90, including 1.618 butterfly target and two different XOP's, with all-time one.


The major technical event of this week is bullish grabber on weekly EUR chart. Although this is weak relief to the bulls, it has its own advantages, suggesting bullish invalidation point around the pattern's lows. Pattern itself suggests action back to the K-resistance area, in a way of flat AB-CD pattern. So, maybe you have some suggestion on the possible reasons why this action could happen:



Since weekly trend stands bullish and we have grabber there - here, on daily, we do not consider new shorts positions by far. As 5/8 retracement here is done already, this area seems like important for decision making about possible long entry, although honestly speaking, guys - I'm not sure in success.
Still, if you want to buy - this is an area, that is optimal for decision making. Invalidation point is recent lows:


Maybe for decision making, it makes sense to watch for bullish grabber on 4H chart as well:

On 1H chart EUR shows Agreement with the major 5/8 area as well:

Bears, in turn, should watch for bullish signs failure, inability of the EUR to go higher and, potentially could think about using Stop "Sell" order slightly above 1.0360 lows.

Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA
Morning everybody,

So, we do not have big changes by far. Although upward action looks not very impressive and fundamental background is negative - theoretically we should stay aside of new short positions, because of weekly bullish grabber. It might be fail soon, but currently it is still valid and brings not necessary risks.

On daily chart market mostly stands in the same area, showing minor bounce up. Intraday price action is choppy, showing no signs of thrust.

But, on 4H chart we have multiple grabbers that bring some points to bullish scenario:

On 1H chart, the upside bounce is started right from 5/8 Fib level Agreement support, that we've discussed as the possible one for long entry. As price has not moved too far from it, if you want to go long - you still could consider possible entry. Theoretically, stop should be under the daily lows, but as compromise, maybe it is possible to consider 5/8 support for stop placement.


Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA
Morning everybody,

So, EUR was able to move slightly higher, and even completed minimal targets of 4H chart grabbers, but overall action is not impressive - looks too slow and choppy. This makes us to have doubts concerning weekly bullish grabber. Besides, gold performance also puts the shadow on bullish ambitions here.

But, formally, EUR has the bullish pattern, and it is risky to go against it. On daily chart, market has to move back to 1.0850 to complete it - or drop below the lows to cancel it. One of the ways, how bears could act right now is to use Stop "Sell" order near the lows...

On 4H chart recently we've got the upward action, grabbers have been completed, but take a look - upside action has AB=CD shape, telling us that this is a retracement from downside swing:

So, all our positions, based on grabbers are closed at breakeven. Now EUR actually has the last chance to change the direction - go up from 1.0430-1.0450 Agreement support area. If this will not happen - chances on downside breakout and long-term bearish trend continuation increases significantly:

So, if you plan to trade weekly bullish pattern - this support area, in fact, the last one that you could consider for position taking. Besides, it lets you to place relatively tight stop

Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA
Morning guys,

Yesterday's EUR performance explains why we stand aside from short-term bearish positions by far. We can't write-off the bullish weekly grabber. Daily trend has turned up, and market is under way to strong resistance area:

Another bullish sign we have on 4H chart. Although some part of downside action has happened, but EUR has not completed AB=CD shape. It means that the lows of most recent upside swing are technically important. Second - potentially we could get the butterfly shape here. Upside targets that we have now are 1.0644 and 1.0685-1.07. Second one agrees with daily resistance area as well:

Now our major task is control that EUR stands on bullish way. It could show the pullback, but it should not erase recent upside swing and should keep butterfly valid. Other words - price should stay about 1.0450 area. Downside breakout significantly increases continuation of long-term bearish trend. Some bullish chances remains in this case, because of weekly grabber pattern, but situation becomes very weak for bulls.

That's why it seems that we could treat 1.0450 lows as vital area for this short-term bullish setup. Hopefully EUR could hold the external pressure of multiple PMI reports today and JP speech in the evening.

Sive Morten

Special Consultant to the FPA
Morning guys,

EUR shows slow performance this week, and today we take a look just at single moment. On Retail Brokers chart you probably do not see it, but if you take a look at CME futures - you'll get daily bullish grabber yesterday:

This pattern fits to weekly grabber and supports bullish context on daily chart. Yes, overall performance looks slow and choppy, hardly EUR could show strong rally. But, it might be AB-CD action that let price to reach 1.08 area, at least.

On 4H chart, despite shart sell-off, EUR keeps valid important points that we've specified. Now, we, probably, should deny idea of the butterfly pattern, but all other things stand the same:

Drop happens precisely to our K-area. So, if you still think about long entry - you could use either daily grabber for stop placement, to minimize potential loss, or place it based on weekly pattern. But, here I have two thoughts. First is - it makes sense to watch for 1.0450 area and "C" point lows. It is not pure invalidation point, but I would call it as a signal point, as drop below it mostly erases bullish chances.
Second - although theoretical bullish context exists and it is still valid, I do not feel any inspiration to buy EUR right now. This is just my personal sentiment, and it is not necessary to agree with it, but I don't feel the pleasure from planning bullish trade here.