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As the US presidential election is slowly turning into a hot topic, economists at Nordea bet that Biden will win. The most immediate reaction will be a stronger USD and performance in duration as a Biden-victory may not be discounted at all in markets despite strong polling.

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“If we assume that Biden intends to roll back corporate tax cuts, we would argue that the initial reaction would prove to be EUR/USD negative while the USD equities would likely struggle to outperform EUR equities over the medium-term. So, if we really summon our inner Cassandras, we suggest that EUR/USD goes swiftly down post a Biden victory, before returning higher over the medium-term. EUR/USD bulls will need to cheer on Trump in November.”

“In general, we find that Biden’s presidency should be reflected in an initially stronger USD (due to a less benign corporate tax policy), less US outperformance of peers, sector outperformance in sustainables and a larger geopolitical risk premium on China (yes, we said that).”

“It will probably remain a good idea to buy duration (and bet on flatteners) should Biden win the election. Should Biden opt for a less benign corporate tax regime, we would also argue that it speaks in favor of a more disinflationary environment with decent performance in duration.”