Market Update – 15th March 2017 – Markets Gear Up For Potential Rate Hike From The Fed Tonight

Chinese industrial production numbers moved marginally higher in the latest reading and since early 2015 have maintained a solid pace of growth between around 5.5%-6.5%. While this is certainly lower growth figures to what we saw over the previous 10 years, it also suggests the Chinese economy is not as some ‘experts’ predict doomed. In fact China’s resilience to continue to grow their economy and move toward a more consumer led economy appears well and truly on track, perhaps another reason why commodity prices have rebounded over the past 12 months.

Tonight sees the release of US CPI and retail sales figures ahead of the U.S Federal Reserve’s latest interest rate decision tomorrow morning. And while it would appear that the market has priced in a 25 basis point rise in U.S interest rates to 1% we’ll still have to wait and see how the market reacts if the Fed do raise again. From a purely economic view, the USD should rise if rates rise, and so the inverse is expected for AUD/USD. At the moment, AUD/USD is holding in the 0.75’s but you’d have to think that 0.74’s are more likely tomorrow should rates go up.

**Clients wishing to mitigate the risk of purchasing at a lower rate, may want to consider processing payments today ahead of tonight’s announcements**


GBP – Unemployment Rate and Average Earnings at 8.30pm

USD – CPI & Retail Sales at 11.30pm

USD – Fed Funds Rate & FOMC Statement at 5.00am (tomorrow morning)


AUD/USD – 0.7519

AUD/GBP – 0.6189

AUD/EUR – 0.7087

AUD/NZD – 1.0882

AUD/JPY – 86.341

***Above rates are indicative wholesale rates and intended as a guide only***

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Patrick Downes

Senior Corporate FX Dealer

Compass Markets

Phone Patrick – 0431 278 632 




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