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Escalation of Rhetoric doesn't create Calm Investors

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Putin and U.S Federal Reserve will Stir U.S Markets Today

An escalation of rhetoric via Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding his nation's war with Ukraine took place this morning via a televised address to the Russian people. Putin has said Russia will call upon those with previous military training, and use a 'limited' call up of potential new troops. A claim of nearly 300,000 additional soldiers to be readied has been made by senior Russian officials shortly after Putin's speech.

Making matters more intense, Putin said all military options are possible while Russia protects its sovereign territory. The land he was speaking about however, is not recognized Russian territory, it is Ukrainian soil. Putin's 'talk' to Russia has firmly put him in a position which shows that results from the Ukrainian war have not had favorable results and that he is showing signs of frustration. An anxious Vladimir Putin is not about to calm down what are already nervous global markets.

China Urges a De-escalation in Ukraine while not naming Russia

China has already reacted to Putin's speech by urging all sides active in the Ukrainian conflict to de-escalate the situation. China has its own economic worries presently and certainly doesn't need another bad ingredient thrown into its midst as it deals with weaker demand for export products and a shaky real estate market as the global economy reacts to inflation and recessionary concerns.

International traders will hardly hear what China had to say today, not because it isn't important, but because their attention will be on Putin and the U.S Federal Reserve. However, it is important to point out China did not condemn Russia, instead it asked that all sides involved in the Ukrainian sphere to lessen the dangers. China and its relationship with Russia remains an important aspect of global politics.

The U.S Federal Reserve will raise Interest Rates Today

The U.S Fed will raise its interest rate by 0.75% today according to most financial houses which have already acted accordingly within Forex per interpreted price action. The USD has made new long term highs within the USD/ZAR and the USD/CAD. The EUR is below par as of this writing against the USD, and the JPY and GBP also continue to struggle near long term lows versus the USD.

USD/CAD One Month Chart

U.S equity indices which have been struggling are not showing a massive promise of a reversal upwards which will alleviate losses seen this year. Investors need to remain patient if they are invested in indices such as the S&P 500. Day traders looking to profit from the volatility ripping through the markets will continue to be challenged by choppy conditions, difficult perceptions of short term technical charts and a lack of positive behavioral sentiment among the larger players in the marketplace who actually drive the markets most of the time.

  • USD remains stronger against many major and emerging market currencies, day traders need to be very careful if they pursue Forex positions in the short term.

  • U.S equity indices traded lower yesterday, and if the Federal Reserve falters and doesn't offer solid clarity regarding interest rates today, this could create more nervousness.

Optimism is not being heard far and wide. While it is always interesting to be a contrarian and sometimes the correct avenue to engage thinking, the notion that upwards trajectories will suddenly occur may be wishful thinking in the near and mid term. Many asset classes are under stress.

Today's upcoming pronouncements from the Fed will be important for institutional investors as they try to gauge the U.S central bank's outlook until early 2023. If the Fed gives clues they will remain hawkish into the winter and a Funds rate around 4.50 to 5.00%is a possibility, this could shake investors and cause more capitulation - meaning a stronger selloff via equity indices could ensue. Short term traders will need to be prepared for violent conditions if they are day traders of stocks or CFDs. The inverted U.S bond yields remains a sign investors are seeking short and mid-term safety via interest rates to preserve money.

The fact that most traders are typically buyers first, not sellers first makes trading in bear markets difficult. Psychologically humans want to be optimistic. Today's speech by Vladimir Putin while it doesn't change the conditions on the ground in the Ukraine immediately, will shake the confidence of some financial houses which may have become accustomed to a 'polite war' they could 'forget' about and make believe would not get loud again. Nervous behavior is likely to be seen later today as early risers in the States awake to the news of Putin's speech and react.

In short global markets will be dynamic today and tomorrow, as financial houses position their portfolios according to their foresight regarding developments the next few months. Day traders are urged to be cautious, and the prospect of sitting on the sidelines and watching 'the show' may prove to be a solid choice.


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