Bank of Canada Holds Still

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The Bank of Canada did nothing to affect the interest rates overnight, pulling an over expectant USD/CAD down to support.

Forecasts about low growth and fears related to stroking a red hot housing market in major cities Vancouver and Toronto saw the bank keep things in check within the statement.

USD/CAD daily

USD/CAD daily

Fundamentally, the BoC seems to be taking the path that issues of lower growth have been caused by temporary speed-bumps such as wildfire influenced oil output and external pressures stemming from the Brexit vote. This uncertainty has seen targets for a ‘return to normal economic conditions’ pushed back further into 2017.

Taking a look at the above USD/CAD daily chart, even with the 2000 pip drop between January and May, the higher time frame charts still show USD/CAD in a strong bullish trend.

USD/CAD hourly

USD/CAD 1 hour

Following the rate decision, and more importantly the accompanying statement, the pair has been respecting the lower time frame levels nicely too.

These are your clearly defined levels to manage your risk around. Now you have to make the call whether you play for a bounce off trend line support and buy a pullback into an intra-day previous resistance turned support level, or position yourself for a bearish breakout through support and target the daily trend line.

The BoC has kept a calm external face which has supported the CAD and caused the sell-off in USD/CAD. Absorb that fundamental standing into your higher time frame trading and try to use market expectations in your trading decisions.

Next up on the central bank merry-go-round, we have the Bank of England who are expected to cut the official bank rate tonight from 0.50% to 0.25%.

It wasn’t that long ago that we were sharing that curve chart displaying the stance of central banks and the only two on the hawkish side were the Fed and the BoE. How quickly and easily things change!

GBP/USD 4 hour

GBP/USD 4 hour

Levels on Cable are difficult now that price is printing new lows. You have the major line being the GFC low and then the post-Brexit weekend gap just above it, but that’s about it.

While markets are expecting an interest rate cut tonight, if it doesn’t come then it’s definitely coming in August. Cable has already started to sell off today and it will be interesting to see the downside reaction whichever way the BoE goes because of the way it has now all but been priced in.

While we’re still guiding our way through the Brexit fallout, it’s really hard to make a call on market position. If you see opportunity in the uncertainty, just be aware of your key levels.

Finally just a heads up that we have Aussie employment data up next. Yes, the release that economists and traders don’t trust. Beware.

This Thursday

AUD Employment Change

AUD Unemployment Rate

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GBP MPC Official Bank Rate Votes

GBP Monetary Policy Summary

GBP Official Bank Rate

USD PPI m/m

USD Unemployment Claims

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This is a guest post originally appeared on Vantage FX blog. Reposted with permission.

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