Asian currencies might be on ‘back foot’ regardless of U.S. rate cuts: JPMorgan

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Asian currencies could stay on the 'back foot' despite U.S. rate cuts: JPMorgan

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The U.S. dollar is anticipated to stay resistant regardless of possible Fed rate cuts this year.

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Asian currencies might be on the “back foot” this year regardless of signals that the U.S. Federal Reserve might cut rates of interest quickly, according to Julia Wang, executive director and worldwide market strategist at JPMorgan PrivateBank

Emerging market currencies typically stand to get when the Fed cuts rates of interest and the U.S. dollar damages.

But Wang stated this may not hold true in 2024 as the U.S. dollar is anticipated to gain from projections moving to a soft landing for the U.S. economy instead of an economic downturn.

“The dollar probably could remain somewhat resilient,” Wang informed CNBC’s Squawk Box Asia on Wednesday.

It will be the U.S. governmental elections and unpredictability in the China economy might continue supporting the U.S. dollar at the end of this year, stated Saktiandi Supaat, head of FX technique at Maybank.

“The Asian currencies are disliking, it’s in fact the dollar is favorably associated with the efficiency of [the] U.S. equity market due to the fact that it’s a soft landing story, instead of an economic downturn story around those rate cut bets,” Wang stated.

However, Supaat, mentioned that Asian currencies did rally in 2015 when there where expectations that the Fed was going to cut rates.

Admitting that this is a “slightly more contrarian view,” Wang stated that Asian currencies might remain on the “back foot” and domestic need in the area might be weaker than normal alleviating cycles.

Several experts have actually stated that Asian currencies such as the Chinese yuan and Indian rupee might reinforce from U.S. rates of interest cuts later on this year, with the Korean won most likely to be among the significant recipients.

Simon Harvey, head of FX analysis at Monex, forecasted that the won might get anywhere in between 5% and 10% if the U.S. alleviating cycle is deep, however as low as 3% if the cycle is shallow.

Although lots of financial experts anticipate the very first Fed rate cut to take place in June, JPMorgan forecasted that it might be “pushed back” however there might still be 3 rate cuts in2024

Inflation in the U.S. increased yet once again in February, with the customer rate index increasing by 0.4% for the month and 3.2% from a year previously.

“Inflation is somewhat sticky at a 2.5-3% range. It should give investors more reasons to be cautious in terms of asking for too much by way of rate cuts,” Wang stated, including that the bank’s financial investments are still towards sectors that will gain from worldwide in addition to U.S. development and the worldwide production sector.

— CNBC’s Shreyashi Sanyal added to this story.