Market Update – 23rd August 2019 – Can AUD Break Out Tonight With Fed Chair Powell Speech Tonight

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Fed Chair Powell Speaks: 

Overnight the Aussie Dollar fell, U.S equities traded sideways and commodity prices lost ground ahead of an anticipated and all important speech tonight from U.S Fed Chair Jerome Powell. Markets are hoping the 18 month veteran of the Fed will announce impending lower interest rates and a new round of QE (quantitative easing) in a bid to raise growth and inflation metrics in the worlds largest economy. Should Powell concede and show a more dovish than usual view of the U.S economy you could probably expect markets to rise as opposed to fall given that whats been supporting markets since the GFC has been easy money and loose credit from the Fed. More of that will be cheered by the market and traders alike.

The AUD: 

The Aussie Dollar is continuing to trade in a tight range vs. the Greenback and we saw more of the same overnight. Since the start of August we’ve trade as low as 0.6670 and as high as 0.6820, but for the most part (90%) trading has occurred in an even tighter range between 0.6730 and around 0.6800, which is pretty unusual for a currency as usually volatile as the AUD. I sense we’ll break out of this range tonight (which way I don’t know, but I’ll tip higher) with the Fed’s speech at midnight, Jackson Hole Symposium and Day 1 of the G7 Meeting in Biarritz, France.


AUD/USD – 0.6727

AUD/GBP – 0.5483

AUD/EUR – 0.6066

AUD/NZD – 1.0579

AUD/JPY – 71.601


All Ords (XAO) – 6,593

Gold – A$2,217/oz

Silver –  A$25.23/oz

WTI – US$55.34/barrel


USD – Fed Chair Powell Speaks at midnight

ALL – Jackson Hole Symposium & G7 Meetings

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