Welcome to another week of FX trading! Contrary to my post last October 5 (kindly see it here), the AUDCAD did not encounter any resistance at its previous high at 0.9200. Instead, it broke right above it to form an ascending triangle pattern. In such pattern, buyers are deemed to be the more aggressive than the sellers. Here, buyers continue to buy the Australian dollar despite the increase in its price while the sellers only sell it at a specific price level. Therefore, a break out to the upside is more likely. If it does, it could spring by another 200 pips or so to even surpass the AUDCAD-parity marker (1.0000). The pair’s present uptrend is also suggesting the probability of a move higher. But in case the 1.0000 level proved to be tough to break through and the pair breaks down from the triangle, the previous high at 0.9900 and the uptrend line should provide some support.
On the fundamental side, remember that Australia was one of the very few major economies that escaped a recession. It’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), was also the first to raise its interest rates, making 2009 the year of the Aussie. The first quarter of this year, however, belonged to Canada when it posted improvements in its consumption and labor market. And as a result, the Loonie took the driver seat against as the most favored currency at least at that time away from the AUD. The gains, though, in both economies are starting to abate. So between the two, who should the market favor?
You see, Australia has China to back its economy. In case you do not know, Australia is one of China’s major suppliers of raw materials. I would like to mention as well that one of these input materials happens to be gold which is now trading at an all time high. So with China’s economy expanding by 10.3% during the second quarter and is seen to have grown again by another 9.3% during the third, Australia’s export industry at the very least should not have any problem. Now juxtapose this with Canada and the US. It’s been in the news for more than a week now that the Fed is planning to flood the market with more dollars in order to bring down the market interest rate to encourage more lending and spending, thus, stimulating business activity. This only means that the present business condition in the US are very much anemic. Such would of course negatively affect Canada since the US its major trading partner. In other words, poor business condition in the US would also mean the same for Canada.
Aside from the impact of Canada’s and Australia’s major trading partners in their respective economy, the currencies’ interest rates also play a big part why I’m more bullish on the Aussie than the Loonie. The Aussie has a 4.5% interest rate while the Loonie only has 1.00%. This means that if one goes long on the AUDCAD, he could also net 3.5% in interest rate differential as a bonus aside from the potential to have capital gains.