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Gold, U.S. Dollar On The Rise As Putin Announces Partial Military Mobilization

September 21, 2022

NEW YORK (Sept 21) Interest rate day is finally here. So far, we see a “risk off” market ahead of the Fed’s scheduled events. A 75-basis-point hike has been priced in, with only a few analysts predicting a 1% rate hike.

In addition to tonight’s scheduled events, markets are also turning their attention to the latest speech of the Russian President. President Putin advises that he has signed an order for “partial army mobilization as of today.”

This is a big worry for investors as political instability can lead to a further decline in the market’s risk profile. As a result of the speech, there was a spike in the US Dollar and gold, both of which are considered to be safe haven assets. This is also a rare occasion where gold and the USD simultaneously increase in value.

The market will continue to monitor investor sentiment, which seems to be strongly declining after Putin’s speech this morning and as we are edging closer to global Central Banks increasing interest rates.

This does not only include the Fed and Bank of England but also alterations in South America and Asia. Bloomberg predicts a 500 basis point hike across the globe within a single week.

Crude Oil - Technical View

Crude oil has also increased in value this morning during the speech of Russia’s President. The price has increased by 1.88% within a single trading hour. The increase has resulted in the price moving back to the previous week’s resistance point, which is at $86 per barrel.

Traders are now contemplating whether the price will form a bullish breakout which will give a potential buy signal, or if the price will find resistance.

The price increase was mainly triggered by Putin’s speech, during which he advised that he has signed a “partial army mobilization” starting today. This can create political instability causing a surge in oil prices.

Oil is also supported by the reopening of one of China’s largest cities which has been in lockdown for approximately two weeks. Lastly, the OPEC group has also reported that they have not kept up with their production plans, which can influence the scales between demand and supply.

Throughout the day, traders will be monitoring the US Dollar, which is partially correlated with the price of oil, and the crude oil inventories, which are predicted to show an increase in stock by 2 million barrels

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