Peak US exceptionalism?
Is it possible that we have reached the peak of "US exceptionalism"? The yield on the 10-year US Treasury bond recently surpassed the 5.00% threshold for the first time since 2007. However, this surge was short-lived, as one prominent market participant's comment led to a swift and significant reversal, causing the yield to drop by over 15 basis points. While Bill Ackman is a highly respected investor, when a single comment can trigger such a reaction in the US Treasury market, it may be a sign that we have reached excessively high levels, prompting the need for a reassessment.
This price action also had a notable impact on the foreign exchange market, with a sudden reversal of the US dollar's strength against certain currencies, particularly evident prior to Ackman's comment. Before the comment, the EUR/USD exchange rate was hovering around the 1.0600 level. Before this recent event, the last time it reached this level was on September 25th. During this time frame, the 10-year US Treasury bond yield had risen by approximately 50 basis points, the spread between the 10-year US Treasury and German Bund yields had widened in favour of the US by 30 basis points, the spread between Italian BTP and German Bund yields had expanded by around 15 basis points, and the price of TTF natural gas in Europe had increased by approximately 12%. Historically, these developments have been negative for the EUR/USD exchange rate. However, the spot rate remained largely unchanged during this period, signalling a weakening momentum for the US dollar. Ackman's comment and the subsequent decline in US yields further fuelled aggressive selling of the US dollar.
Ackman's statement highlighted the belief that the US economy is slowing down more than what the data suggests. This was also a point I’ve discussed in yesterday's research, based on my own analysis of the Beige Book, which indicated a growing pessimism regarding consumer spending, despite upcoming data confirming significant real GDP growth in Q3, driven largely by US consumer activity. Federal Reserve President Harker echoed this sentiment, underscoring concerns about the economy based on the information he had received.
Nevertheless, a sustained and lasting decline in US yields will likely depend on a shift in the official data. Therefore, it would be premature to conclude that the US dollar is now set to weaken over an extended period. However, it's worth noting that positioning in the market appears to have been quite short, and yesterday's rally in EUR/USD brought the exchange rate to its highest level since September 20th (reaching an intra-day high of 1.0737).
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