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Week Ahead: Markets to Focus on RBA Rate Statement and BOC Rate Statement


Make informed decisions with the most up-to-date and reliable financial data, exclusively provided by vtmarkets.com.

What happened in the market last week?
  • US economy showed resilience with some signs of moderation in data.  
  • 187,000 net new jobs were added in August, indicating a cooling labour market in the US.  
  • Another rate hike from the Fed in the near term was unlikely due to the labour market conditions.  
  • US labour market remained tight with elevated wage growth.  
  • International data indicated slowing global growth and easing inflation pressures. 
  • China’s services PMI fell for the fifth consecutive month to 51.0.  
  • Canada’s economy unexpectedly contracted in Q2.  
  • Eurozone’s August CPI held steady at 5.3% year-over-year, but core inflation moderated to 5.3%.  
  • Financial markets reflected rising odds of a soft landing.  
  • S&P 500 was up nearly 18%.
  • Corporate bond spreads had narrowed since the beginning of the year.  
  • Yield curve shape continued to raise concerns about the economic outlook.

Source: VT Markets MT4

Last Week’s Market Pair Changes (All data is taken from the MT4 VT Markets)

The US Dollar saw slight gains of 0.12% during the week, continuing its upward trajectory. This gain occurred despite signs that the Federal Reserve may halt its interest rate hikes. Notably, Thursday and Friday witnessed a recovery in the dollar’s value, driven partly by labour market data released on Friday. This data revealed a cooling labour market with a three-tenths of a percent increase in unemployment and a slight drop in average earnings.

  • EUR/USD decreased by 0.20%.
  • USD/JPY decreased by 0.16%.
  • GBP/USD increased by 0.06%.
  • US Dollar Index (USDX) increased by 0.12%.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJ30) increased by 1.24%.
  • XAU/USD increased by 1.27%.
  • NASDAQ 100 (NAS100) increased by 3.54%.
  • USO/USD increased by 7.42%.

Source: VT Markets Economic Calendar

What to focus on this week?

The financial world is keeping a close watch on some important economic news this week. Two major central banks, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Bank of Canada (BOC), will be releasing their rate statements. Given the potential for increased market volatility, we advise traders to exercise caution and stay mindful of their trading strategies.

Here are some notable highlights for the upcoming week:

Reserve Bank of Australia Rate Statement (5 September 2023) 

The Reserve Bank of Australia held its cash rate steady at 4.1% during its August meeting, continuing the rate pause for the second consecutive month. 

The central bank is set to announce the next interest rate adjustment on 5 September, and analysts anticipate that the RBA will maintain its rate at 4.1%.

Takeaway: The interest rate decision from the RBA this week will likely create high volatility for the Australian Dollar. Market experts expect the central bank to maintain the interest rate, which could potentially weaken the Australian Dollar.

Australia Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (6 September 2023) 

The Australian economy saw a 0.2% quarter-on-quarter expansion in Q1 2023, following a 0.6% increase in Q4 2022.

The figures for Q2 2023 are scheduled for release on 6 September, with analysts predicting another 0.2% increase in the GDP. 

Takeaway: Australia’s quarterly GDP release will likely create high volatility for the Australian Dollar. Market experts expect the quarterly GDP to show another expansion, which could potentially strengthen the Australian Dollar.

Bank of Canada Rate Statement (6 September 2023)

The Bank of Canada (BOC) increased the target for its overnight rate by 25 bps to 5% in July 2023. This move followed a surprising 25 bps rate hike in the previous meeting and extended the bank’s tightening cycle, which had briefly paused in March and April. 

The next rate statement is scheduled for release on 6 September, and analysts expect the BOC to maintain its interest rates at 5%.

Takeaway: The interest rate decision from the Bank of Canada (BOC) this week is expected to create high volatility for the Canadian Dollar. Market experts anticipate that the central bank will maintain the interest rate, a move that could potentially weaken the Canadian Dollar.

US ISM Services PMI (6 September 2023)

The US Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Non-Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index, also known as the US ISM Services PMI, fell to 52.7 in July 2023. This follows a four-month high of 53.9 in June. 

The ISM’s data for August 2023 is scheduled for release on 6 September, with analysts anticipating a slight decrease to 52.6.

Takeaway: The US ISM Services PMI will be the key market mover for the US Dollar this week. This PMI data will offer insights into the health of the US services sector. Based on the forecasted numbers, it appears that the services sector is still in expansion mode, which could potentially bolster the US Dollar.

Canada Unemployment Rate (8 September 2023)

The Canadian unemployment rate edged higher to 5.5% in July 2023 from 5.4% in the previous month, marking the third consecutive increase to levels last seen in January 2022. This reflects some softening in the Canadian labour market. 

The figures for August are set to be released on 8 September, with analysts anticipating that the unemployment rate will remain at 5.5%.

Takeaway: According to the projected figures, there is a possibility that Canada’s unemployment rate will remain the same as in the previous period, potentially strengthening the Canadian Dollar.

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