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NZD/USD Nears 0.6220 Amid a Weak U.S. Dollar, With New Zealand Inflation in Sight

Daniel Rogers

Apr 19, 2023 15:54



After defending the round-level support at 0.6200, the NZD/USD pair exhibited a lackluster performance during the Asian session. As the US Dollar Index (DXY) performs unfavorably, the Kiwi asset approaches the 0.6220 level of resistance.


S&P500 futures have extended their losses because investors are concerned about the future performance of stocks, indicating a cautious performance. US commercial institutions have displayed a mixed performance thus far. In the aftermath of March's turmoil and restrictive credit conditions, investors were initially apprehensive about the quarterly performance of banking stocks.


Following a substantial retracement, the US Dollar Index (DXY) continues to trade above 101.78. In spite of hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve (Fed) policymakers, the USD Index failed to exhibit a power-packed movement. As reported by Reuters, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, James Bullard, advocated for the continuation of the central bank's policy tightening in view of the continued strength of labor market data.


In the second half of 2023, the probability of a recession decreases, according to Fed policymakers, as robust labor demand drives global consumption.


Thursday's quarterly inflation data is anticipated to affect the New Zealand Dollar. The New Zealand Consumer Price Index (CPI) accelerated to 2.0% from 1.4% in the first quarter of CY2023, according to the consensus. New Zealand's annual inflation rate has increased to 7.5% from 7.2%. As a result of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's (RBNZ) decision to raise interest rates, households in the New Zealand economy are expected to bear a suffocating burden as a result of the country's rising inflation.


In addition, this suggests that RBNZ Governor Adrian Orr will continue to raise interest rates to combat inflation.