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SHORT AUDUSD TP 800PIPS: BREXIT, RBA, FED & USDJPY HEDGE

FX:AUDUSD   Australian Dollar/U.S. Dollar
Short AUDUSD             is in my top 3 FX Trades for several reasons:

1. AUD is considered a riskier G10 currency cross, so AUD trades weaker in risk-off markets, or when equities/ SPX             trade lower (you can see the high correlation with SPX             at the bottom of the graph).

- With Brexit concurring last week, global risk has increased, this is especially the case for AUD due to commonwealth connections. Therefore AUD is likely to come under pressure in the future as risk-off sentiment continues to dominate, as the US Election nears, Global growth worries continue (Japan, Europe, China) and Brexit/ uncertainty about further Euro             Area exits continues to intensify - we can see Gold             and US Treasuries continue to gain supporting the risk-off view and thus supporting selling AUD. Also, risk-off encourages $ buying as a safe haven deposit on the Brexit backdrop.

- Further, going into earnings season next week, historically risk currencies (AUD) perform poorly as investors seek safer assets to hedge against earning surprises, thus this helps AUD selling and USD buying. Plus, most investors will want to hold some $ cash in order to fulfil their earnings based equity trading, so this also helps the short AU trade by increasing $ demand relative to AUD.

2. The RBA Meeting on Tuesday the 5th is likely to be dovish, as 1) Brexit risks are weighed in on again, after supportive/ dovish statements from RBA members following the Brexit decision and 2) AUD Macro Environment has performed poorly since the last meeting and the May Rate cut e.g. Retail sales 0.2% vs 0.3%, Unemployment flat at 5.7%.

- However, I dont expect an RBA rate cut, as they cut last just 2 months ago in May by 25bps to 1.75% and their GDP print was firm at 3.1% v 2.8% yoy and 1.1% v 0.8% with Unemployment also stable (yet to see inflation ), so I expect them to provide reassurance to markets with a strong dovish tone, with possible hints to a August rate cut - citing Brexit and looking forward to their end of July Inflation print as a gauge for further rate cuts. Nonetheless the dovish rhetoric should be strong enough to put pressure on AUD and tip the scales south supporting the AU short.

3. From a USD demand point of view, last week we saw USD lose 160pips against the AUD as Brexit Uncertainty negatively hit the Feds Rate hike cycle expectancy, flattening the curve in the front end which ruled out any hikes until Dec             or 2017, fewer hikes = less USD strength.

- However, since the beginning of the week where brexit risks ruled out hikes in the near term, the end of the week managed to turn rate hike expectations around as Brexit likelihood decreased/ shifted into 2017. This helped the Fed fund futures curve recover/ steepen somewhat in the front end, with the implied probability of a hike increasing from 0% to 5.9% for both September and November, whilst the probability of a hike in December also steepened significantly from 13.3% to 22.3% with the probability of a 50bps hike being priced for the first time at 1.1%. This trend of Fed Hike recovery is likely to continue as long as Brexit risks remain subdued, so we can expect USD to begin to price stronger in the coming days/ weeks.

4. Technically, AUDUSD             trades 100pips away from a key handle at 0.76xx which is a double top and may provide the ideal short area. Further, higher than that at 0.78xx is the 12 month high which is also potentially a great level to get short from as a double top

5. Volatility - 1wk, 2wk and 1m (-1.52, -1.57, -1.60) AUDUSD             Risk Reversals all trade with a downside bias indicating put/ downside demand is higher than upside, so the option market net expects AUDUSD             to come down over the above tenors.

- Out through the 5th, 6th, and 7th (post RBA) we see large notional OTM put options and open interest at 0.7365, 0.7440 & 0.7445 which supports the view that the RBA will be dovish and that AUDUSD             is likely to hairpin around the 0.76xx double top level.
Comment: Trading Strategy:

1. Watch the 0.76xx level closely, if it holds place 1lot short on AU, if it fails, watch the 0.78xx level and if it holds place 2lot short AU.
--- Alternatively use Sell-Limit orders placed at 1 lot-0.762 and 2 lots-0.781 so you get a better average price and a good level for short.
--- TP Levels should be at 0.731x, 0.71xx or 0.68xx dependent on your strategy, I think all are achievable in the long-run + 6wks
---SL Levels should be STRICTLY above the resistance entry levels e.g. 20/30pips above 0.76500 and/ or 0.7840

2. To hedge and exploit this view the best way, you combine Long USDJPY (risk-on trade) AND Short AUDUSD (risk-off trade), where imo both can be winners but hedge could be used in case one doesn't
Comment: Also in terms of TP Levels, imo they should be seen as a function of RBA dovishness e.g. if RBA surprisingly cut the rate, 0.68 would be the clear near term target handle. Whereas, if they are mildly dovish/ hawkish, a 100pip "scalp" would be more appropriate, although i think the risk of a hawkish RBA is close to 0%.
Also, any implications to further easing at future easings should be seen has heavily dovish and the 0.717 handle should be thenear-term target.
Also in terms of TP Levels, imo they should be seen as a function of RBA dovishness e.g. if RBA surprisingly cut the rate, 0.68 would be the clear near term target handle. Whereas, if they are mildly dovish/ hawkish, a 100pip "scalp" would be more appropriate, although i think the risk of a hawkish RBA is close to 0%.
Also, any implications to further easing at future easings should be seen has heavily dovish and the 0.717 handle should be thenear-term target.
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DanielRolley QuantumLogicTrading
I think it would be easy for rba to be concerned with global uncertainty and look to push currency down but my concern is that decent gdp growth, stable unemployment, booming hiusing sector and inflation that showed 1 tick of weakness dont warrant rates much lower. Lets see the rhetoric tomorrow and reconvene!
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Nice i like your logic! As an AUD based investor with a few USD I hope AUD does drop below 70
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Yes, its highly possible if not at this meeting the next the RBA should push AU significantly lower.
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