Majors rangebound as US Tax Bill drags on

Majors rangebound as US Tax Bill drags on

What Happened Yesterday

With the US tax reform bill dragging on the markets are starting to feel a lot like ‘Groundhog Day’.

One day there’s a bit of positive buzz around the possibility of it getting through, followed by a day of negativity from possible delays. All in all it’s very draining and tiresome.

All we can do is focus on what’s in front of us and wait…… the good trades will pop up before you know it.

The U.S. currency had edged higher after Republicans on the House-Senate negotiating committee on Friday put the finishing touches on a sweeping tax overhaul that involves large cuts in levies on corporations.

But it slid on Monday on uncertainty that the bill would indeed be pushed through, and with some doubts also creeping in over the pro-growth effect the tax reforms would have.

Top Republicans are confident the U.S. Congress will pass the tax bill this week, with a Senate vote as early as Tuesday and President Donald Trump aiming to sign the bill by week’s end.

Despite the dollar’s latest dip, some analysts believe there is further room for it to go higher.

Economic forecasters expect lower corporate taxes to raise U.S. growth by roughly 0.5% over the next year, potentially lifting the pace of interest rate increases from the two priced in by the market to closer to the three consistently estimated by Federal Reserve policymakers.

The Euro & Sterling both benefited from the dollar’s weakness, whilst the AUD, NZD, YEN & CAD all traded sideways.

Technical Set Up – What’s Happening with the Majors

The majors are basically trading sideways within recent ranges. Euro and Sterling are trading withion large ranges whilst the rest of the majors have been pretty contained in tight ranges.

Majors rangebound as US Tax Bill drags on


It’s shrugged off weak data to now sit at the top of recent ranges. I still like it lower but we are now waiting for the fundamentals to kick in with clear direction.


I’m starting to think we’ll see the Kiwi higher as all negative data has been factored in. The key from here is the US tax bill.


A lack of solid USD direction has it chopping about the place. I’m waiting for the final outcome of the US tax bill.


I like it lower overall but it’s trading the range really well as we await the US tax reform bill.


It continues to trade in a large range as Brexit and US tax reform continue to drag on.


Continues to trade sideways, albeit in a large range, as we await the outcome of the US tax bill.


Continues to trade sideways as we await clarity on the USD. Oil has also stabilised around $57 and that too is having a sideways trading impact.

What’s the Plan for Today?


There’s not a lot on the books today except for some Housing numbers out of the US.

But this is where your attention to detail comes into play.

The NZ Business Outlook data is due and last month is came out -39.3%. This was huge variance from the forecast and led to a quick 40 point move to the downside in NZD.

So I’ll be watching that closely today and if we see a reversal in the data then we may have a good trade on.

Otherwise we’re basically in a ‘holding pattern’ as we await the outcome of the US tax bill.

It’s boring I know but it’s very important you remain patient.

Today’s Fundamental Drivers

There’s only a few bits and pieces scheduled today so don’t waste too much time in front of the screens.

With the US tax bill waiting in the balance the data may not even impact as traders wait for the ‘final outcome’.

Majors rangebound as US Tax Bill drags on

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 0.6980 & Resistance 0.7025

Fundamental Driver: NBNZ Business Outlook

Potential Strategy: I’m looking for a reversal in last months weak data. If it does correct then the topside is the trade.


Majors rangebound as US Tax Bill drags on

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