Time to OZ …. AUD has probably lucked out!

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Illustration 1: AUD/USD vs. IMM Commitment of Traders (Non-Commercial) positions vs. AUD/USD 1-month risk reversal vol skew … all points to AUD at risk of correction lower

Asianmacro has previously opined on Australia and AUD .. the lucky country that happened to have all the minerals underground that China and the rest of the world needed http://tradehaven.me/2013/02/12/to-oz-or-not-to-oz/.  The range for AUD/USD is 1.03 – 1.05 on the narrow with risk of overshooting on either side especially the lower bound on any significant China flu or global risk off.

Australia employment report is out this coming Thursday 11 April 2013 and I don’t know about you but with all the global economic data hitting a softer patch especially on the employment front, and with commodities (precious, base and softs) correcting lower over the past month, I will be damned surprise if Australia can be so lucky again !  From Illustration 1: the market in AUD/USD still seem pretty long from the IMM CFTC commitment of traders report (non-commercial).  In addition, there is still a skew to calls over puts in the options market.  There exist relatively cheap opportunities to be playing Australia turning on its luck via outright short AUD/USD or put options spreads and strategies like 1.035 put RKO (reverse knock out) 1.0550.  We target 1.01 level in the next 1 month if this plays out well enough for us.

The nail in the coffin I think for Australia is the recently announced changes to the Superannuation plan where new taxes (where there wasn’t are introduced) to rob the chaps down under.  *Please see summary below (where essentially Superannuation contribution are after your earned income already already taxed and now you are taxed again on your returns from your superannuation that is supposed to support your retirement!)

Superannuation changes

  • From July 1 2014, earnings on superannuation pensions and annuities of more than $100,000 annually will be taxed at 15 per cent, instead of being tax-free.
  • Superannuation earnings below $100,000 a year will remain tax-free and this threshold will be indexed to the Consumer Price Index.
  • The change will not apply at the accumulation stage.
  • The Government says around 16,000 people will be affected by this reform, which will save around $350 million over the four-year forward estimates period.
  • From 1 July 2013, people aged 60 and over will see increased concessional caps from $25,000 to $35,000.
  • Excess concessional contributions will be taxed at the individual’s marginal rate, plus an interest charge.
  • The Government says this will mean individuals are taxed on excess concessional contributions in the same way as if they had received that money as salary or wages.

There are some opinion on this matter http://www.afr.com/p/business/financial_services/super_tax_may_hit_accounts_under_3xxgtzhxnNCaKTJU67cMHP.  If I am a chap down under, I will find various ways and means to get all my money out of the country before it is rounded up unfairly by the Australian government … no surprises why so many Australian billionaires have or are thinking of moving to Singapore!

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/120609/australian-economy-billionaire-nathan-tinkler-singapore-tax-rate-asia#1

http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2012/08/01/australian-billionaire-sets-new-property-records-in-singapore/

And we definitely expect to see more Aussie names in the richest Singapore residents list shortly http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Society/top-singapore-richest-list.html

 

 

*Asianmacro is a beach bum managing his own wealth.  Besides deciding what to have for lunch (or hitting the gym sometimes), he is mostly found listening to loud music while trading and investing for himself.  While every care has been taken in preparing the information in and/or materials, such information and materials are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or  implied. In particular, no warranty regarding accuracy or fitness for a purpose is given in connection with such information and materials. The opinions expressed do not constitute investment advice and independent advice should be sought where appropriate. In no event will Asianmacro be liable to you for any direct or indirect or any other damages of any kind arising from or in connection with your reliance on any information in and/or materials attached herewith.  Asianmacro may already have or intend to have a trading or investment position in the financial instruments or products referred to in this communication.  This is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any financial instrument and Asianmacro may also have interests different from or adverse to your interests.

The Schizophrenic EUR … Time to Short the Spike !

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Illustration 1: EUR/USD schizophrenic 2 big figure range on 4th April 2013 .. initial plunge followed by spike

The FX market is always taken to be the most efficient in discounting news ahead of all other asset classes.  However, Asianmacro having cut his teeth on the FX and rates market years ago only understand too well that it is also a fallacy since the FX market tends to over simplify things based on ”sound bites” and it often over-reacts.  FX markets are always about daily to intra-day short term momentum and ”’hunting of stops to trigger” in each hour and never about medium term (and God forbids any association with long term valuation discovery!).  As such, from Illustration 1, the schizophrenic plunge and then spike in EUR/USD around the ECB press conference yesterday is just another day in the park.

Asianmacro does not believe that ECB will not at some point find ways to drive EUR weaker as the Central Banks of the world are engage in competitive devaluation ”currency wars” whether openly like BOJ or stealthily like the U.S. Federal Reserve in the past.  Europe cannot afford a strong EUR and short of allowing a breakup and letting the Lira, Peseta and Franc back to the realm, the EUR needs to be weak again to give the mix bag of countries in EU any chance of staying together.

 

 

*Asianmacro is a beach bum managing his own wealth.  Besides deciding what to have for lunch (or hitting the gym sometimes), he is mostly found listening to loud music while trading and investing for himself.  While every care has been taken in preparing the information in and/or materials, such information and materials are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or  implied. In particular, no warranty regarding accuracy or fitness for a purpose is given in connection with such information and materials. The opinions expressed do not constitute investment advice and independent advice should be sought where appropriate. In no event will Asianmacro be liable to you for any direct or indirect or any other damages of any kind arising from or in connection with your reliance on any information in and/or materials attached herewith.  Asianmacro may already have or intend to have a trading or investment position in the financial instruments or products referred to in this communication.  This is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any financial instrument and Asianmacro may also have interests different from or adverse to your interests.