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What do USD/MXN and S&P 500 VIX have in common?

CAPITALCOM:USDMXN   U.S. Dollar / Mexican Peso
The Mexican peso (MXN) is one of the conventional high-beta currencies traded on the forex market, making it extremely susceptible to changes in risk sentiment on global financial markets. When MXN inflows occur, it usually signals that investors are willing to take risks. In the last three months, USD/MXN has lost 3%, making the peso one of the best-performing currency in 2022.

Much of the MXN's outperformance has been the result of a very hawkish Mexican Central Bank , which hiked interest rates up to 9.25%, the highest since 2005. Another 75bps hike is expected at November 10th meeting, which would bring Mexican rates to 10%.

Aside from the Banxico hiking cycle in Mexico, the Peso has a strong correlation with global risk factors, namely the stock market volatility . To put it another way, historically, the USD/MXN pair and the S&P volatility index ( VIX ) have behaved similarly.

What are we seeing now?

The USD/MXN 14-day RSI indicator has entered oversold territory, highlighting the need for caution for investors willing to take on more risk at this stage, as MXN valuations are beginning to appear rather stretched.

Therefore, the bearish momentum for both USD/MXN and the VIX might have reached a peak.

Aside from the results of the midterm elections, investors will almost definitely have to digest another strong US CPI data this week. Analysts predict 8% annual inflation in October, with core inflation at 6.5%.

If actual results match or exceed estimates, Fed interest rate expectations will likely be reassessed higher. As the U.S. and Mexican economies are highly interdependent, the anticipated cyclical weakening of the U.S. economy bodes poorly for the Mexican economy and adds to MXN downward pressures.


Idea written by Piero Cingari, forex and commodity market specialist at Capital.com

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