SPR the New Global QE?

by Ashraf Laidi
Jun 24, 2011 14:58 | 7 Comments

In order to understand the SPR release of 60 million barrels, we must go back to the November G20 meeting when Asia/Latam Emerging Markets protested against the Fed's November launch of QE2, dubbing it as beggar-they-neighbour USD depreciation.


It was no surprise that Bernanke did not dare utter the words QE3 on Wednesday's press conference. Yet, there was no need to refer to further easing when the FOMC already downgraded its growth outlook for the 3rd successive meeting.
  • Unlike during the end of QE1 (Feb-Mar 2010) when the US economy grew robustly to the extent that the Fed raised the discount rate (Feb 2010) & USD was rallying partly at expense of Greek woes (the other part was due improved US data), the end of QE2 today is fraught with fiscal & macoreconomic deterioration.
  • This creates inevitable continuation of US quantitative easing (reinvesting principal payments), leading to support for commodities and risking inflation.
  • Fed policy means US imports deflation from Asia; Asia/Latam imports inflation from US obliging EM to further tighten.
  • ONLY SOLUTION is for IEA (ie G20) to combat the macoeconomic symptoms of weak USD to cap oil prices via SPR release.

We consider the IEA decision to have been partially prompted by the notion that a continuously falling USD would risk lifting US crude oil back above the $97 and onto the $100 territory as the Fed may be forced to renew its asset purchases. Note how that right after Bernankes conference, WTI rose by more than $2.00 to 95.70s as the market deemed further stimulus to be inevitable.

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SPR the New Global QE? - Oil Weekly SP Daily June 23 (Chart 1)

As negative as they appear, both the US crude oil and S&P500 chart remain well supported, with the foundation resting on key technical levels; 200 week moving average for US Crude and 200 day moving average for the S&P500.

The USD will need more than just bad news in the Eurozone to accumulate any real rally beyond +5% bounce. What was mainly seen as fiscal imbalance weighing on the USD structural fundamentals is now compounded by widespread macro weakness, which will keep monetary easing weighing on USD.

EURUSD will continue hovering between $1.40 and 1.45.

Do not underestimate China's role in propping Europes debt in return for Europe's support for Beijing's aspirations to have its currency (yuan) part of the news reserve currency order. Hence, notice how European nations are no longer dictating Beijing over its currency policy, leaving only the US and Canada in doing so.

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SPR the New Global QE? - Euro Volatility June 17 (Chart 2)


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Comments (Showing latest 7 of 7) View All Comments
cat0nip
Frankfurt, Germany
Posts: 1632
10 years ago
Jun 27, 2011 19:25
but they cannot....all what China did so far was to even increase its dependency on exports.
Gunjack
London, UK
Posts: 1184
10 years ago
Jun 27, 2011 17:22
@Saka your great nation is suffering inflation because your monetary authorities persist in pegging the yuan against a crumbling USD...They need to boost domestic demand and allow the yuan to appreciate a bit more
Saka
China
Posted Anonymously
10 years ago
Jun 27, 2011 4:31
QE is terribly bad for emergency market nations, we are suffering great inflation
macrosam
United States
Posts: 190
10 years ago
Jun 26, 2011 22:22
Ashraf does not understand what QE is. Ashraf, if the price per barrell of crude decreases in USD terms, that means USD are more difficult to obtain for the non-US private sector.
macrosam
United States
Posts: 190
10 years ago
Jun 26, 2011 22:20
This is a political ploy announced shortly after the Saudis announced supply increases to shift some of the credit to Obama.
cat0nip
Frankfurt, Germany
Posts: 1632
10 years ago
Jun 24, 2011 19:32
the US currency is not weakening .
Zibari
Duhok, Iraq
Posts: 1
10 years ago
Jun 24, 2011 18:48
it is mean this action instead of the Q3