Major pairs look sedated as US tax bill gets closer to approval

Major pairs look sedated as US tax bill gets closer to approval

What Happened Yesterday

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives approved sweeping, debt-financed tax legislation on Tuesday, sending the bill to the Senate, where lawmakers were due to take up the package later in the evening.

The biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax system in more than 30 years could be signed into law by President Donald Trump as soon as Wednesday, if both chambers of Congress approve it.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 227-203, overcoming united opposition from Democrats and 12 Republicans who voted against it.

Passage was all but certain in the Republican-controlled Senate, as well.

The plan includes steep tax cuts for corporations and wealthy taxpayers, as well as temporary tax cuts for some individuals and families. It repeals a section of the Obamacare health system and allows oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, just two of many narrow changes added onto the bill to secure sufficient to win its passage.

Middle-income households would see an average tax cut of $900 next year, while the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans would see an average cut of $51,000, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, a think tank in Washington.

Republicans insist the package will boost the economy and job growth. They also see the measure as key to retaining their majorities in the House and Senate in elections next November.

Democrats say the bill will deepen the income gap between rich and poor Americans, while adding $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years to the mounting $20 trillion U.S. national debt.

Key points to focus on:

  • Senate expected to pass the bill later on Tuesday
  • Permanent tax cuts for business; temporary cuts for individuals
  • Republicans say it will boost economic growth
  • Measure projected to add $1.5 trillion to national debt

It appears traders are somewhat devided on the overall impact the US tax reform will have.

Stock markets around the world surged this week on U.S. tax cut hopes, but the USD has remained muted. Traders believe most of the positive impact of the cuts to corporate taxes have already been priced in, while expectations the overhaul would trigger a wave of repatriated dollars were overplayed.

Only time will tell and the majors have been patiently trading sideways in tight ranges in the lead up to the approval of the tax reforms.

Technical Set Up – What’s Happening with the Majors

The majors continue to trade within recent ranges. It’s interesting to note the mixed reaction of the USD across the majors.

Major pairs look sedated as US tax bill gets closer to approval


Sideways at the moment. Direction will come from the USD as there is no Aussie data this week.


Sideways at the moment. We have Current Account data today & GDP data tomorrow to focus on.


Starting to edge higher as the US tax bill nears final approval.


Slightly higher despite weaker Eurozone data. Looks like a short squeeze in the lead up to the final approval of the US tax bill.


Continues to chop about within recent ranges as Brexit talks near.


Largely rangebound ahead of the USD tax bill final approval.


Few stops triggered above 1.2900 but straight back into the range. Focus is on the US tax bill approval.

What’s the Plan for Today?

Well we could have a final decision from US Congress on the US tax reforms today. Voting should start in the coming hours and it’s largely expected to get through.

What to do with the USD?

I’m still thinking it’s going to be USD positive although the move may be somewhat smaller than anticipated as it’s largely been factored in and the increase in US debt from the reforms is somewhat disturbing.

The majors aren’t giving too much away yet. Focus on the pairs with good trendlines.

One of the problems is we have no solid directional pairs at the moment. So picking the move is a little tricky.

I’m going with USD strength on the outset and see how it goes from there.

Today’s Fundamental Drivers

Once again it’s worth keep an eye on the NZD first thing today but the overall focus for the whole market will be the final approval of the US tax reforms.

If anything it’s a major geopolitical hurdle taken care of and that’s a good thing for trading going forward.

So even if we don’t get much activity out of it straight away, trading will be better for it going forward.

Major pairs look sedated as US tax bill gets closer to approval

Today’s Focus – Major Currencies in Play

You need to follow the economic data releases & best technical set ups to work out where the majority of action and interest will be.


Technical Set Up: Support 0.6979 & Resistance 0.7020

Fundamental Driver: NZ Current Account data & US Tax Bill approval

Potential Strategy: The Kiwi has been trading sideways so the movement will come from the data. Trade with it.


Major pairs look sedated as US tax bill gets closer to approval


Technical Set Up: Support 112.53 & Resistance 113.55

Fundamental Driver: US tax bill approval

Potential Strategy: I think it will be USD positive. Trade at market or let it gather momentum and trade on a break above 113.55.


Major pairs look sedated as US tax bill gets closer to approval

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