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A deteriorating global trade picture is of course unambiguously negative EM FX and could have been expected to produce a more mixed picture vs G10 (i.e. USD strength vs the dollar bloc, weakness vs the more defensive EUR, CHF & JPY), but that has not been the case as the USD is enjoying generic strength without exception, according to Richard Franulovich, Research Analyst at Westpac.

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“We should not expect trade tensions to defuse soon. Meaningful concession from China seem unlikely, European leaders have signaled they will respond in kind to potential auto tariffs, while Nov mid-terms argue against a more conciliatory approach on the US side (certainly objections from US corporates and congress have done little to turn the tide).”

“US data outperformance persists too (US NFIB small business sentiment was solid and job openings remain elevated, while the German ZEW took another leg lower), cementing US growth leadership and showcasing a more robust US story amid growing trade tensions. The broad contours favour sustained USD support.”