Forex Weekly Outlook – Is Euro Headed for Parity with The Dollar

Forex Weekly Analysis and Outlook – US Dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pound, Swiss Franc, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar, Turkish Lira, Mexican Peso.

Risk aversion sentiment again dominated currency again this week. Rising U.S. interest rates and safe haven flows have seen the U.S. dollar soar in 2022. This week however the Greenback pulled back as traders priced in the odds of a U.S. recession becoming more likely. The Swiss franc was the beneficiary among the major currencies, up near 3% for the week. The franc was spurred on by comments from SNB Chair Jordan on there being a possibility the SNB would move to curb inflation if needed which added to the safe haven allure. The CHF had its best weekly gain in more than two years. Today’s deep dive is into the Euro and the age-old parity question.

John Maynard Keynes, 1920: “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”

U.S. Treasuries finished the week on a firmly higher note with longer tenors leading. This week’s rally pressured the 10-yr yield to its lowest level in over three weeks while the 2s10s spread tightened by 14 bps to 21 bps. Crude oil held tough, finishing in the upper half of this week’s range.

US Yield Watch:

  • 2-yr: -3 bps to 2.58% (-1 bp for the week)
  • 3-yr: -6 bps to 2.73% (-6 bps for the week)
  • 5-yr: -4 bps to 2.81% (-8 bps for the week)
  • 10-yr: -7 bps to 2.79% (-15 bps for the week)
  • 30-yr: -7 bps to 3.00% (-9 bps for the week)

Group of Seven (G7) finance leaders meeting

On Friday pledged to closely monitor markets given recent volatility and reaffirmed their commitment on exchange rates, acknowledging Japan’s concern over recent sharp declines in the yen.

The G7 advanced economies have an agreement that markets ought to determine currency rates, that the group will closely coordinate on currency moves, and that excessive and disorderly exchange-rate moves would hurt growth.

“We will also continue to closely monitor markets given recent volatility. We reaffirm our exchange rate commitments as elaborated in May 2017,” the G7 finance leaders said in a communique issued after a two-day meeting that ended on Friday.

Weekly Recap and Outlook

The U.S. Dollar Index rose 0.4% Friday to 103.15, narrowing this week’s loss to 1.3% (up 7.8% y-t-d). It has been trading back from a nine-year high.


  • For the week on the upside, the Swiss franc 2.7%, the British pound 1.8%, the euro 1.5%, the Australian dollar 1.4%, the Japanese yen 1.1%, the Canadian dollar 0.7%
  • On the downside, nil


  • For the week on the upside, the Brazilian real increased 3.7%, the South African rand 2.0%, the New Zealand dollar 1.9%, the South Korean won 1.3%, the Mexican peso 1.2%, the Swedish krona 1.2%, the Singapore dollar 0.9%, the Norwegian krone 0.3%. The Chinese (onshore) renminbi rallied 1.44% versus the dollar (down 5.03% y-t-d).
  • On the downside, nil


Euro Parity?

This week we did see the Euro recover after Dutch central bank chief Klaas Knot said if inflation continues to climb then rates may need to be raised 50bp, this was the first time such an aggressive shift has been suggested. That said the near 7% slide in EURUSD has changed dinner party conversations to, will this be the year the Euro and dollar finally reach parity? 

The European Central Bank continues to lag behind the Fed in tightening monetary policy, ECB President Christine Lagarde said earlier this month, noting that the euro area’s economy is likely to absorb a greater blow from the war in Ukraine.

Another headwind is higher energy prices and supply disruptions stemming from the war to depress growth in Europe. Any kind of weakening demand in China for European goods could also weigh heavily on the region.

The euro fell as low as around $1.035 earlier this month, down from the $1.137 level at which it ended 2021. On Friday it traded around $1.056, just over 5% away from reaching parity with the dollar. It was all the way back in 2002 that the euro and dollar last reached parity.


The dollar reversed off the bottom outer channel closing at $1.056, reversing last week’s lowest closing rate since 2017. Euro continues to correct in what seems like eternal flags in the channel. We watch if Kijun (pink) testing Tenkan (orange) creates any impulse as EURUSD develops in the channel. Watch 3 waves to see development for continuation. Watch also for impulse off Chikou rebalance. Again, governed by EURGBP and Bund volatility.

British Pound – GBPUSD

British pound had its biggest weekly gain since December 2020 against the dollar as the latest economic data suggested the market might not need to scale back its expectations for Bank of England rate hikes much further. It found support at MM 2/8 which also May 2021 1-2 test. Above we have channel and Tenkan confluence and flattening Kijun for strength. The upcoming week will be heavy on UK data, which could mean an eventful week for the British pound.

Euro Pound – EURGBP

EURGBP after testing 50wma back tested to break back above a messy bill flag and to the cloud as the GBP rallied. Kijun, 50wma and clouds resistance.


The yen has been the worst performing major currency in 2022, sliding around 12 per cent against the US dollar. Relative to a basket of trading partner currencies and adjusted for inflation, the yen has fallen to levels last seen before the 1985 Plaza Accord.

Asian currencies had a dismal April, decline included the Japanese yen down 6.2%, the South Korean won 3.5%, the Malaysian ringgit 3.5%, the Thai baht 2.9%, the Taiwanese dollar 2.9% and the Singapore dollar 2.1%.

Also factor in that Asia is the epicenter of technology manufacturing – with the global “tech” Bubble in grave jeopardy. The confluence of China’s bursting Bubble, Japan’s foolhardy monetary policy gambit, and highly levered systems puts Asia today on a Collision Course with rapidly deteriorating macro and micro fundamentals. I’ll assume mounting hedge fund and derivative issues.

Japanese Yen – USDJPY

The BoJ has said Japan’s cyclical position with low core inflation and a more limited rebound in economic output warrants an easier monetary policy stance compared with its G10 peers. A strengthening dollar also tends to weigh heavily on emerging markets currencies, a rising dollar makes dollar-denominated debt more expensive for emerging nations to repay. The Bank of Japan chief Kuroda speaking at the G7 said BOJ will patiently continue with powerful easing announcing no change to monetary policy.

A former top Japanese currency official said that the yen could weaken to 150 per dollar due to a deepening divergence in monetary policy.

USDJPY is correcting with the weakness in Treasury yields after spitting +2/8 and channel convergence at 132.00. On the way up the price accelerated after the close above the Tenkan over 114 hence the pull for it to correct. The Murrey Math level should remain massive support for dollar-yen. Any change will come from the weekly Kijun as it breaks through the old channel.

Use your USDJPY Murrey grid for now. EURJPY AUDJPY will determine risk on/off. The Tenkan is the natural balance of support ahead.

The Bank of Japan reinforced its commitment to low interest rates despite the rising inflation. The BoJ said it would purchase 10-year Japanese government bonds at a yield of 0.25% every business day to ensure that the yield doesn’t exceed that level. That sent the yen weakening to more than 130 to the dollar for the first time since April 2002.

Yen weakness places Chinese manufactures at a competitive disadvantage, which has emboldened Beijing to play the currency devaluation card in an attempt to mitigate mounting economic woes and dumping of Chinese assets. Higher-yielding Chinese debt securities are losing their relative appeal (in a rising yield world), and now even the perceived stability of the Chinese currency is in question.


  • USD/CNY is the onshore yuan and is permitted to trade plus or minus 2% from the daily reference rate.
  • CNH is the offshore yuan. USD/CNH has no restrictions on its trading range.
  • A significantly stronger or weaker rate than expected is typically considered a signal from the PBOC.
  • The IMF lifted the yuan’s weighting in its Special Drawing Rights currency basket in May

The PBOC cut the 5-year loan prime rate to 4.45% from 4.6% to boost the economy on Friday. CNY has been the weakest since November 5 last year, an 18-month low over 6.82, extending heavy losses sustained in April, after Beijing warned against criticism of its dynamic zero-COVID policy. The zero-tolerance approach, which depends on strictest lockdowns and mass testing, has weighed heavily on the already slowing economy and raised the need for further policy easing. We need see some retracement off 6/8 as Kijun rebalanced.

 April 28 – Bloomberg (Sofia Horta e Costa and Tania Chen): “When China’s tightly managed currency depreciates dramatically against the dollar, it can be hard to stop. More than six years after China’s shock 2015 devaluation roiled global markets and spurred an estimated $1 trillion in capital flight, the yuan is weakening at a similar pace. Onshore it’s lost nearly 4% in eight days, while the offshore rate is heading for its worst month relative to the greenback in history. Selling momentum is the strongest since the height of Donald Trump’s trade war in 2018.”

 Australian Dollar – AUDUSD

The Aussie dollar since completing a 5 at the pysch 80 level it has fallen & continued to correct under the weekly cloud in emotive fashion. The Australian dollar fell to a test of the lows of 0.6800 at 4/8 China lockdown fears and AUDUSD forwards before finding support. The Aussie rallied back over .70 heading into the weekend elections. Support is the Murrey Math Levels. Resistance also the Cloud, Tenkan and Kijun like many commodities.

New Zealand Dollar – NZDUSD

The Kiwi mirrored the AUD in its wave (iii) spit to lower channel wing. Momentum built from the cloud tap and rejected 50% Fib & 4/8 confluence. Kijun and Tenkan Resistance, which is pivotal. Support previous break spits and channel. We closed back at the old 61.8% break.

Canadian Dollar – USDCAD

The Loonie began with another tough week with the USD’s broad rise in a market with a low-risk appetite and high volatility. This changed by week’s end as an improving fundamental background for the CAD of strong growth, hawkish central bank, favorable terms of trade. The USDCAD reversed its surge over 1.30 with the Tenkan below led by the AUD and NZD as it spat the weekly flat-topped triangle. Higher US yields has negated much of the oil price impacting direction. Watch flat Kijun and Tenkan. Use Fibs for support and resistance.

Mexican Peso USDMXN

The Peso continues in the long triangle and consolidates despite outside uncertainty from oil and high rates. Use the Gann octave and the extension fibs to help measure the noise.

Turkish Lire USDTRY

The Turkish Lira slow decline continues after the wild 18-10 USDTRY swing last year reversed after falling in 3 waves to explode over the Tenkan, weekly cloud Kijun and 50wma below. The Murrey Math and Fib targets with last year’s Lire all-time lows in a hyper inflating collapse. Turkey’s central bank is likely to hold its policy rate at 14% next week despite an expected further rise in inflation after it hit 70% last month, a Reuters poll showed.

 Sources: Finviz, TC

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