Next Steps For The Euro?
Over the last week we have spent a lot of time focused on what drives markets. More specifically the notion that while earnings and 'confidence' are often driveled out by strategist after strategist as the drivers for why the S&P will hit 1525 next year, it is the credit impulse or credit creation that drives everything as Central Bankers try their hardest to out-create one another. Furthermore, exactly a week ago we indicated that the primary correlation for 2012 would be the relationship between the balance sheets of the ECB and the Fed and the level of the EURUSD. Sure enough RBC has taken our suggestion to the next level in predicting just what the next steps for the Euro will be. It seems evident that is the ECB continues to 'not print' at this rate, and its balance sheet expands by another 500-1000 billion, the next target for the EURUSD is about 1.10 - which of course leaves no choice for the Fed other than to print as well.
Update: By request, a slightly longer-term (QE2 chatter onwards) chart showing the extrapolation suggesting EURUSD is perhaps better priced at 1.20 currently.