Interbank market news scan: The equity markets in the US may be closed, but foreign exchange markets are not resting in light of an improving employment picture …

The U,S, Department of Labor today reported that non-farm payrolls increased in March by 916,000 employees while the unemployment rate fell to 6.0%. Employment gains were led buy the leisure and hospitality, public and private education, and construction sectors. THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MARCH 2021 (dol.gov)

Currency PairsRates as of 9:19am 2 April 2021
EUR/USD1.1768
AUD/USD0.7614
GBP/USD1.3837
USD/JPY110.5800
NZD/USD0.7032
USD/CHF0.9409
USD/NOK8.5335
USD/SEK8.7131
USD/CAD1.2548
  
Selected Rates 
Fed Funds.07
Bank prime rate3.25
Discount window.25
2-yr Treasury.18
10-yr Treasury1.71
30-yr2.36
Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg

Interbank market news scan: Latest central bank, cryptocurrency, forex news links.

Bitcoin could be at risk of a further drop unless the digital coin climbs back above $40,000 soon. JPMorgan Strategists Say $40,000 Is Key Test for Bitcoin Boom – Bloomberg

Janet Yellen is expected to affirm the U.S.’s commitment to market-determined dollar value and give assurances that the U.S. won’t seek a weaker dollar for competitive trade advantage, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing Biden transition officials familiar with her preparation for her confirmation hearing. Yellen to Affirm Commitment to Market-Determined Dollar: WSJ – Bloomberg

Asian stocks dipped along with U.S. equity futures as investors greeted the week with a lack of risk appetite and traders looked ahead to data on the progress in China’s economic recovery. The dollar edged up. Stock Market Today: Dow, S&P Live Updates for Jan. 18, 2020 – Bloomberg

A stronger U.S. dollar is proving to be an early test for emerging-market currencies on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration. Emerging Markets Tested by Rising Dollar Ahead of Biden’s Return – Bloomberg

Oil extended losses in Asia on a stronger dollar and a still-surging coronavirus after slumping the most in almost four weeks on Friday following the release of disappointing U.S. economic data. Oil Extends Losses on Stronger Dollar and Still-Surging Virus – Bloomberg

The results of the first of the 24 forward foreign exchange auctions scheduled by the Bank of Ghana for 2021 indicate that the local forex market remains confident that the cedi will hold its own against the United States dollar at least through to the end of the first quarter of the year. Forex market expects stable 1st Quarter exchange rate (ghanaweb.com)

Global Foreign Exchange Committee provides update on global FX code …

Press release 

GFXC meets via videoconference to discuss progress on the FX Global Code review, FX benchmarks, and announces new Co-Vice Chair

10 December 2020

The Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) met to discuss the progress being made in its review of the FX Global Code. The Committee is on track to finalise the review in mid-2021.

Ahead of its latest meeting, GFXC members received papers prepared by the working groups for each of the focus areas of the review: buy-side outreach, disclosures, anonymous trading, algorithmic trading, settlement risk, and execution principles. “The review of the Code is progressing well. One major theme across all areas of the review is the importance of clear and accessible disclosures. There is widespread support for standardised disclosures cover sheets. They have the potential to move the FX market forward in a material way, promoting greater transparency and supporting Market Participants in making informed choices.” said GFXC Chair Guy Debelle.

The GFXC discussed the feedback on these papers from the local foreign exchange committees (FXCs). The papers and the proposed changes to the Code will be revised on the back of that feedback and then recirculated to the FXCs for another round of detailed feedback in March.  A public ‘Request for Feedback’ on some of the proposals coming out of the review will be launched in April. The final proposals will be submitted for approval by the GFXC at their June 2021 meeting.

The GFXC announced that Richard de Roos, Group Head of Foreign Exchange for Standard Bank Group, has been selected as Co-Vice Chair for a two-year team.

“The GFXC is committed to its outreach and adoption of the Code to accommodate all stakeholders and jurisdictions in the foreign exchange markets. I am honoured by this appointment and excited by the opportunity it provides to emerging markets across the globe as we continue to ensure we are aligned with best practice while providing an important voice to the GFXC on our particular markets” Mr de Roos said.

Mr de Roos will succeed outgoing Co-Vice Chair, Akira Hoshino (Head of FX at Citi, Tokyo). “Akira has brought his wealth of experience from his long and illustrious career in the market to make a significant contribution as Co-Vice-Chair of the GFXC. He is a great sounding board for the work the GFXC is doing to support the effective functioning of the market.” said Dr Debelle.

The GFXC also welcomed the Indonesian Foreign Exchange Market Committee and Israel as associate members.

The GFXC continued its discussions on the WM/Reuters 4pm fix, with Refinitiv Benchmark Services Limited presenting data on trading patterns around the fix as well as updating members on its current focus areas for administering these benchmarks.

Summaries prepared by the GFXC members on broader trading conditions in foreign exchange markets are also being published today. The minutes of the meeting will be published in January.

For additional details on the GFXC and the FX Global Code, visit the GFXC website: www.globalfxc.org.

Press inquiries:

Cecile Lefort
Reserve Bank of Australia
media@globalfxc.org

8:27 pm 12 November 2020, Foreign exchange rates between U.S. and select countries in East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia

As of 8:27 pm EST, 12 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76327 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.30996 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76327   USD/CAD=1.30996

CNH/USD= 0.15112   USD/CNH=6.61616

EUR/USD= 1.17938   USD/EUR=0.84780

DKK/USD =0.15838     USD/DKK=6.31214

NGN/USD= 0.00262    USD/NGN=380.053

JPY/USD=0.00950      USD/JPY=105.23

INR/USD=0.01340       USD/INR=74.4783

JMD/USD=0.00671     USD/JMD=145.880

GYD/USD=0.00469       USD/GYD= 204.829

GHS/USD=0.17098     USD/GHS= 5.81812

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00909       USD/KES= 108.088

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal event in the United States

Federal Reserve Vice-chair Quarles testified before House Financial Service committee today

Randal K. Quarles, vice-chair for supervision for the Federal Reserve, will testify today before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services.  His testimony will focus on the Federal Reserve’s supervisory activities in the context of the ongoing pandemic.

The Democratic Party will maintain control of the financial services committee in the next Congress.  There will likely be signals as to where committee chairwoman, U.S. Representative  Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, would like Congress and the Biden administration to focus legislative and regulatory initiatives.

Source: Federal Reserve