US Dollar, Gold, Euro, Oil, Bitcoin, Yen, Equities Outlooks

Market Q2 Forecasts: US Dollar, Gold, Euro, Oil, Bitcoin, Yen, Equities Outlooks

The second quarter of the year looks set to bring renewed volatility to a wide range of asset classes as a slew of central banks look set to pull the trigger on interest rate cuts.

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There are a range of volatility drivers lining up in the second quarter of the year that will provide multiple trading opportunities. A range of major G7 central banks are set to start unwinding their restrictive monetary policy by cutting interest rates, or increasing them in the case of the Bank of Japan, US earnings will provide extra volatility to a range of major US indices that currently trade at, or near, multi-decade highs, while the Bitcoin ‘halving’ event historically sees the BTC push substantially higher. The war in Ukraine looks set to continue, the Middle East remains volatile, and markets will begin to look ahead to multiple elections across the Western World later in the year.

The VIX Index, below, highlights the benign market conditions over the last few months as investors enjoyed a profitable, risk-on Q1.

VIX – S&P 500 Volatility Index


After a quiet start to Q2, gold prices rallied sharply in March, printing a fresh all-time high as investors, and central banks, bought the precious metal.

Gold Daily Price Chart


Bitcoin enjoyed a positive Q1, rallying from the start of the year. Heavy demand from spot Bitcoin ETF advisors drove demand, while the upcoming Bitcoin halving event – expected mid-to-late April – will cut new Bitcoin issuance in half, crimping new supply.

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