Australian Dollar Crushed Again

September 23, 2011

FOREX, Global Macro

The AUD fell precipitously overnight and as I sat down earlier this morning it was actually trading under 0.9700. Remembering that earlier this week the AUD was above 1.03. This is not unexpected to our readers and while I don’t want to turn this into a trading blog it is worth having a look at the price action to see what is ahead for the AUD.


As you can see in the hourly chart above the AUD’s move down to the 0.9994 region we had id’d as first target saw it find some support. But once this broke it made a swift run down and through the 0.9900/50 region we identified as support but kept accelerating to the downside. The red bars show just how relentless this fall was overnight before it found some support in both a slight reversal in equities but equally I would guess, given the speed of the fall, the AUD probably got some help from our friends at martin place.

 The question for traders and investors is where will the AUD’s fall stop?

The lesson of 2007 and then again in 2008 is that the AUD’s life is not its own and if markets continue to fall so will the AUD. Indeed the AUD has broken the uptrend from the low at 0.8083 in 2010 and the start of this bullmarket back in 2009 and a break of 0.9700/10 which is the March low from this year from where the AUD kicked higher to the 1.10 region would confirm a double top at 1.1000 and open the way much lower – probably 0.8765.

But there is a lot of wood to chop first but for the moment and last night’s low at 0.9693 bounced hard so we’d say this level held on the dailies. There is also a support line at 0.9660ish which you can see in the chart below. This is one of my favourite things to do – that is, take an old top and run it through a subsequent bottom and then leave that line there as potential support. It’s one of my favourite things to do after Fibonacci extensions.


So from a technical point of view I would say if AUD falls through the 0.9650/0.9710 support zone it is a shot duck.

But it’s not alone – this is finally a real risk off event – as you can see in the chart below which shows the AUD versus other growth currencies and the CRB. Any notions of safe haven as pushed by some part time FX commentators can now be put to bed once and for all.


Fundamentally nothing much has changed from the weekly two weeks ago – other than the key drivers are actually getting worse.

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