Do US CDS Anticipate An Increase In The Value Of The Dollar?
In the ongoing US bizarro economy, up is down, and economic weakness represents itself by an increase in the stock market, due to expectations of future liquidity injections and fiscal stimuli, further weakening the dollar. Yet as sovereign CDS has recently taken on more relevance once again, we present the relationship between U.S. 5 year CDS and the DXY index, which over the past 18 months have correlated surprisingly close. Observing the recent action in US CDS implies that it may be about time for the downward dollar trajectory to invert. However the question remains whether US CDS is more a reflection of the level of underlying US distress, or is indicative of the euro-denomination of US CDS. With investors seemingly willing to blast Central Bank policies on a daily basis via the gold market, which in turn drives the currency market, the chicken or the egg circularity of whether fundamentals or correlations drive corresponding risk metrics once again rears its ugly head.
In either case, a simple observation of US risk indicates that the dollar may be due for a pullback. Whether this occurs, will likely be confirmed by the lack of any new dollar-crushing statements out of the Fed.