Euro Drivers

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The following is a post by Marc Chandler, head of Brown Brother Harriman’s Currency Strategy Team. For more of BBH’s currency views, visit the website here.

The Financial Times carried a story in the weekend edition quoting a couple analysts suggesting that the 10-year bond differentials are helping drive the euro lower.  In our analysis, we have generally attributed a greater role to interest rate differentials than to external imbalances.  Nevertheless, at this juncture, the interest rate differential does not seem like a key driver.

It is true that thus far this year the US 10-year yield has fallen 21 bp and the 10-year German bund yields has fallen 27 bp.  Thus the spread has moved 6 bp in the US favor.  Incidentally, so has the two year interest rate differential.

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We ran some correlations and we do not find anything very significant. (Just a note about methodology, we run the correlations on percentage change because it is a more robust approach).  

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The euro peaked on Dec 3rd last year. We looked at the correlations in the three months prior to the euro peak and in the three months that the euro has been falling.

Euro  Correlations                                                                                                           Sept 2-Dec 2             Dec 3-March 1        
US-German 2-year spread            16.6%                     11.4%             
US-German 10-year spread           -4.0%                      6.5%             
Euribor-Eurodollar 2nd contract    21.1%                      1.0%             
CRB Index                          66.6%                     57.2%             
S&P 500                            62.2%                     41.9%             
Gold                               55.1%                     74.1%             
Oil 2nd contract                   64.6%                     47.8% 

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