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2 June 2020

Goldman Sachs bets against the dollar as economies reopen

CNBC reports that Goldman Sachs has begun to establish short positions on the dollar as the reopening of economies is expected to lure investors out of the traditional safe-haven currency.

Goldman strategists said that while they had maintained that it was too early to look for “outright and sustained Dollar downside given the balance of cyclical risks,” shorts on the dollar now looked attractive in certain currency crosses.

Goldman cited the “steady reopening process, limited evidence of a pickup in Covid infection rates, and encouraging policy actions like progress on the EU Recovery Fund,” a 750 billion euro ($834.1 billion) borrowing program designed to help shore up the European economy in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

In particular, they highlighted the Norwegian krone as being well-positioned to outperform during the remainder of the coronavirus crisis, and recommended shorting the USD/NOK pairing with a target price of 8.75 krone to the dollar, with a stop if the krone depreciates to 10.25. The krone currently sits at 9.68 to the dollar.

″(Norway’s) demographics and domestic medical infrastructure make it better equipped for the outbreak than many other countries, and its strong fiscal position puts it at a distinct advantage,” Goldman analysts, led by co-heads of global foreign exchange, Zach Pandl and Kamakshya Trivedi, said in the note.

“While others are forced to either limit their fiscal policy support or dramatically increase borrowing—both potentially currency negatives—Norway is able to repatriate funds from its investments abroad (today, Norway announced that it will increase daily transactions even further, from NOK 2.1bn to NOK 2.3bn), helping support the economy and the currency.”

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