Mexico Avoids Tariffs

10.06.2019 09:57|Daniel Kostecki

The Mexican peso is experiencing a real rollercoaster recently. One of the most popular currency pair for the possible use of the carry trade, i.e. buying a higher interest-bearing currency, is torn-up by information about the trade war that the US President Donald Trump wanted to open with a new front.

At the end of May, the US president announced that if Mexico did not stop the flow of illegal immigrants to the United States, from June 10, it would impose a 5-percent tariffs on all Mexican products. Then, with each subsequent first day of the month, the tariffs were to be raised by 5 percentage points, up to 25 percent in October. At that time, the USD/MXN rate reacted sharply.

Today we are observing a completely different situation, where the peso strengthened, and the market has abandoned safe havens such as the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc, which seem to be depreciating at the beginning of the week. In addition, the head of the Bank of Japan, Haruhiko Kuroda, said today that the Bank of Japan may provide larger monetary stimulus if necessary. Returning to the statements of Donald Trump, the US president announced that he would not impose a gradual scale of tariffs on goods from Mexico after Mexico agreed to adopt a stricter stance on immigration. Of course, the issue of agreement with China has not yet been resolved.

Chart: USD/MXN

Chart: USD/MXN, D1. Conotoxia trading platform

The suspension of tariffs could also have influenced the odds of interest rate cuts in the United States, which have declined slightly after this statement. It seems to affect US bonds, which were slightly cheaper, and also for the dollar, which strengthened today in the morning.

Today, at 10:30 a.m., British GDP and industrial production will be published. In addition to macroeconomic data, investors' attention may be focused on political issues. Boris Johnson, the front-runner to succeed Theresa May as United Kingdom Prime Minister strengthened his rhetoric about Brexit and presented a plan for tax cuts. The game for the prime minister's position has already begun.


Daniel Kostecki, Chief Analyst Conotoxia Ltd.

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