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In contrast to a volatile February, March saw a more decisive trend in the dollar. Against the expanded majors basket, only ZAR, MXN, NOK, CAD and INR posted gains against a broadly resurgent dollar. Our more selective stance on USD weakness in the EM space yielded a positive set of near-term forecasts, notably in ZAR, CNY and BRL.
Monex’s improved forecast accuracy came at a time when the broad US dollar defied expectations of a substantial structural decline as reflationary dynamics remained prominent. Our more conservative view on the dollar’s decline paid dividends in this environment and resulted in a top 10 ranking for both USDJPY and GBPUSD.
Our more conservative views on EM FX boded well, resulting in strong performances in USDBRL and USDZAR over the one-month horizon. Meanwhile, the correction in the G10 space on the final day of the month saw our one-month rankings slip, however, our longer-term views remained accurate.
MonFX Pte Ltd, the independent Asia-Pacific (APAC) subsidiary of the Monex Group, is continuing to strengthen its global foreign exchange offering with the appointment of Alvin Lai as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Lim Mei Shern as Head of Compliance. Alvin Lai’s appointment is subject to regulatory approval.
Monex continued to outperform most forecasters with its calls for haven currencies, sustaining the view of a stronger JPY and CHF even amid a backdrop of improving risk appetite when the 3-to-6 month calls were made back in H2 2020.
Monex Europe’s base case assumption of a weaker dollar by year-end 2020 resulted in strong rankings in major G10 currencies over the year-long horizon. With 2020 proving a volatile year for financial markets, we are especially proud of these results, and continue to predict a weaker dollar as the global economic recovery continues.
Monex Europe ranked 4th in Bloomberg’s G10 rankings out of 52 eligible forecasters in Q4 2020. Notable performances came in EURCHF and AUDUSD forecasts where Monex Europe ranked 2nd and 8th accordingly.
In response to the risks posed by Brexit, FX specialist Monex Europe opens a new office in Luxembourg. The presence in Luxembourg will enable Monex to continue to provide foreign exchange and international payment services to customers based in Europe.
Monex Europe are pleased to announce their support for the “Happy Space for All” campaign, created by preventative mental wellbeing charity “Happy Space”. With the current climate of intense uncertainty, it is more important than ever that schools learn the importance of prioritising student mental health.
It’s been a hectic US election in markets, and FX Market Analysis team at Monex Europe’s views have been quoted very widely by leading news media including Bloomberg, Reuters, and Yahoo Finance.