NY Open: The big Monday freeze
The FX market is close to frozen in early trading and prices have barely budged since New York traders filed to their desks amid frigid temperatures.
Head of FX Strategy
Sweden's Riksbank had a very easy task today in pushing SEK stronger. EURSEK was at key resistance up against 9.50 recently, the market was expecting nothing, and the euro was firmer after surviving the latest existential threat in Germany’s government tiff over migrants.
Specifically, the Riksbank expressed surprise at the degree of krona weakness (suggesting that it will push back at anything approaching recent lows) and suggested that rate hikes could begin later this year (although this is unchanged).
There were two hawkish dissensions on the rate path and on extending the mandate on FX intervention, as the two hawks Floden and Ohlsson felt this is no longer necessary.