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USD/CAD Is Set To Weaken Additional As CAD Continues To Seem Undervalued


The USD/CAD forex pair, which expresses the worth of the U.S. greenback when it comes to the Canadian greenback, has had a turbulent 12 months to this point. Most lately, USD/CAD has traded in a extra secure trend as oil costs appear firmer. Crude oil merchandise are a key net-export of Canada, whereas the broader vitality sector has traditionally fashioned circa 10% of Canadian GDP. CAD’s sensitivity to grease costs is due to this fact direct and significant.

The worth chart under illustrates USD/CAD (the black line) versus crude oil futures costs (front-month contract; the pink line).

USD/CAD Price Action versus Crude Oil Futures(Supply: TradingView. The identical applies to cost charts introduced hereafter.)

When oil costs dropped under zero for the primary time in historical past (April 20, 2020 within the chart above), the U.S. greenback had already surged and located its excessive versus CAD. Since oil majors generate gross sales by means of longer-term contracts, the front-month contract slicing by means of zero was, whereas unconstructive, not devastating. The primary half of 2020 represented the height of oil market pessimism; markets appear extra balanced. But the numerous discount in volatility does make one wonder if we’re due for one more shock.

In any case, USD/CAD seems to have managed to retrace its steps again to its prior buying and selling vary (“pre-COVID”). The 1.31 deal with has now been approached greater than as soon as, and the present state of markets would lend to a weaker USD/CAD. The development is downward, and it’s uncommon for forex pairs to not revisit their yearly opening costs at the very least as soon as. USD/CAD opened at 1.2975 from the beginning of January 2020.

USD/CAD versus January 2020 Opening PriceWith the 2020 open worth being this shut to the current market worth, I’d think about there’s a affordable quantity of liquidity accessible at this degree within the type of order placements (on each the lengthy and quick aspect), slightly below the 1.30 deal with. There may be in all probability sufficient to coax the market worth again down at this juncture, even when such a revisit is temporary. Subsequently, for nearly purely “mechanical” causes, I’d predict additional draw back is probably going within the close to time period.

Long run, we’ll doubtless have to see the beginning of a brand new financial growth earlier than USD/CAD can fall a lot additional. USD usually serves as a secure haven relative to “commodity currencies” comparable to CAD, and a brand new financial growth would assist lend to stronger oil costs (that are nonetheless a couple of third decrease versus late-2019 costs) and flows into key commodity exporters (i.e., like Canada). Maybe now could be the time; the chart under exhibits that there’s probably a cyclical nature to the Canadian greenback (when it comes to U.S. {dollars}). The vertical black strains within the chart under illustrate the chance that the 2020 excessive in USD/CAD (in March, earlier this 12 months) may also mark a cyclical excessive.

USD/CAD CyclesTaking a cyclical view of the pair, additionally it is worthwhile to discuss with a Buying Energy Parity mannequin; a mannequin which measures the relative buying energy of currencies internationally. To this finish, I assemble the chart under from the 12 months 2000 utilizing the OECD’s PPP mannequin knowledge.

USD/CAD Purchasing Power Parity Model in 2020(Supply: Investing.com and OECD)

Talking frankly, from the chart above, it will seem that USD/CAD is well-positioned to have already fashioned a cyclical excessive this 12 months. The higher and decrease bands within the chart above characterize costs which can be 30% away from the rolling honest worth estimate (per 12 months) based mostly on the OECD PPP mannequin knowledge. The honest worth in 2019 (the latest estimate) was about 1.19. The present market worth is 1.3183 (on the time of writing), which represents potential draw back within the medium- to long-term, of 9.7%. From there, as we’ve got seen in earlier USD/CAD cycles, a lot steeper reductions are achievable.

For instance, the cyclical low which I delineated with the vertical black strains within the penultimate chart above, in April 2011, represented a reduction to honest worth of just about 24% right now. Relative to the 2019 honest worth estimate, that might indicate that the subsequent cyclical low for USD/CAD would see the pair buying and selling on the 0.90 deal with. That’s, over a multi-year time horizon; by 2030. This angle goes to be contingent on the idea that “this time just isn’t totally different”, that world oil markets will in the end rebound, and vitality markets might be (ultimately) about as worthwhile as earlier than (probably a tall order).

Nonetheless, based mostly on right this moment’s knowledge, and assuming no vital change to the honest worth estimate for 2020, USD/CAD would seem to nonetheless be overvalued. Additional draw back is feasible; each a short-term, mechanical perspective and a longer-term, PPP-driven perspective helps this. We should always nonetheless additionally verify this view in opposition to latest rate of interest and inflation knowledge.

Primarily based on year-over-year inflation knowledge for the United States and Canada, I assemble the desk under which adjusts for inflation the short-term rates of interest for these nations. That is informational, because it offers us with a more moderen concept of whether or not or not USD/CAD has change into extra engaging this 12 months, from the beginning of the 12 months, based mostly on actual yield (inflation-adjusted yield).

USD/CAD Real Spread Change(Supply: Writer)

The Fed Funds price (the U.S. Federal Reserve goal) within the chart above is calculated as being the midpoint of its prevailing goal price (most lately being +13 foundation factors, being the midpoint of its present goal of 0.00-0.25%). Because the desk signifies, whereas each U.S. and Canadian charges have dropped closely throughout the interval January to August 2020 (in alignment), the truth that Canadian inflation has softened extra closely than U.S. inflation has meant that the change within the implied actual yield favors a weaker USD/CAD price.

Keep in mind that that is relative to January 2020, a month by which costs had been technically decrease (at the beginning) than present market costs. Subsequently, it will make sense for USD/CAD to not solely to return again to the 2020 opening worth, but in addition fall under it.

I admit that there continues to be tail danger for USD/CAD. As a second wave of COVID-19 makes one wonder if one other danger asset worth crash is due over the winter months, on the flip aspect I imagine that if danger belongings can maintain present costs by means of winter, it’s attainable that the “elimination” of this at present near-term tail danger (as time washes the uncertainty away) may assist CAD strengthen considerably. USD/CAD may fall, backed by a brand new financial cycle (preferencing CAD), with a gentle actual yield unfold, PPP honest worth of lower than 1.20, and the potential of a brand new upswing in world oil markets over a multi-year cycle.

Disclosure: I/we’ve got no positions in any shares talked about, and no plans to provoke any positions throughout the subsequent 72 hours. I wrote this text myself, and it expresses my very own opinions. I’m not receiving compensation for it (aside from from Looking for Alpha). I’ve no enterprise relationship with any firm whose inventory is talked about on this article.


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