- NZ Dollar down as risk appetite sours in Asian trade
- US Dollar pressured ahead of FOMC policy decision
- Yen may rise as market sentiment continues to sour
The New Zealand Dollar underperformed in otherwise quiet overnight trade. The decline played out alongside a drop in Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index as well as S&P 500 futures, pointing to fading risk appetite as the source of pressure on the sentiment-geared currency.
The US Dollar likewise suffered, pulling back after touching a three-week high last week, as the focus turns to a much-anticipated FOMC monetary policy announcement. Markets are all but certain that a rate hike is in the cards but the accompanying forecast update and commentary may stoke significant volatility.
Looking ahead, a lull in top-tier economic news flow seems likely to keep sentiment trends in the spotlight. Futures tracking major European and US equity benchmarks are broadly in the red, hinting that higher-yielding FX is vulnerable while the anti-risk Japanese Yen may build some upward momentum.
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— Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com
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