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In view of analysts at ANZ, the recent decline in the US ISM survey has focussed the market on US economic risks, with recession talk once again rising.

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“In recent trading sessions this has also led to a broad under-performance of the USD, with currencies like the AUD managing to hold stable despite the recessionary fears pushing US equities lower.”

“We do not think that this is a sustainable reason to get bearish on the USD. Indeed, we have found that the relative performance of the US industrial sector has been a poor predictor of the direction of the USD. Rather, the overall level of global growth, is the better predictor of the performance of the USD.”

“We do not think that the recent shift is a harbinger for a period of more sustained under-performance of the USD, particularly against the more cyclical currencies. For that to manifest we would need to see more sure signs of a recovery in global growth, particularly outside the US.”