This summary highlights futures positions and changes made by speculators in forex, bonds and stocks up until last Tuesday, September 22. A week were risk sentiment received a setback after stock markets worldwide tumbled in response to a worsening pandemic, the U.S. Congress struggling to deliver more stimulus, U.S.-China tensions and an upcoming and most likely contentious U.S. election. In response to these developments, the S&P 500 dropped by 2.5%, the dollar index reached a two-month high while steady bond yields disguised a drop in breakeven (inflation expectations) and rising real yields.
During the week to September 22 the dollar rallied against all but one of the ten IMM currency futures tracked in this report. The Dollar index traded higher by 1% while the Mexican peso and Brazilian real both took a +3% hit. In response to this and perhaps somewhat surprising, speculators instead of reducing short dollar bets chose to increase it by 9% to $34.9 billion. Most of the Greenback selling occurred against the euro followed by Japanese yen and the Swiss franc while only the Canadian dollar and Russian Ruble saw net selling.