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According to Francesco Pesole, FX strategist at ING, the recent outperformance of the US dollar across the board is becoming increasingly evident in the most recent CFTC FX positioning data.

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“In the week 6-12 November, speculative investors kept adding short positions in both low-yielders (Japanese yen  and Swiss franc) and pro-cyclical currencies (Canadian and Australian dollars) – despite the broadly supported risk sentiment.”

“The euro showed some particular resistance to the strong dollar story, with EUR/USD net positioning staying stubbornly flat around -10% (of open interest), in line with its five-year average.”

“Similarly, positioning in the British pound remained unchanged, with increasingly solid expectations for a market-friendly Tory win building some resistance to more GBP selling.”

“The yen continues to face steady selling pressure: in two months, net positioning moved from +20% to -20% of open interest, as JPY appears to be bearing the brunt of the latest risk-on shift.”