Through the will-they-or-won’t they of Fed rate hike expectations one
thing is clear – much less is currently priced into markets than was
the case in late May. Since then the US$ has been generally lower, with
the clear exception of course been against a Brexit-hit GBP.
Interestingly, it’s been the NZD, and not JPY that’s gained the most
since Fed hike expectations were at their peak.
High interest rates, at least relative to those available in most major economies, have made New Zealand a magnet for investors.
However, with Fed expectations now getting too low again, the NZD could be more vulnerable than others in the run up to the next FOMC move.