August 2021 Macro Market Commentary

Bitcoin -

Bitcoin managed to regain $50,000 in August from the July intra monthly low of $29,337 on 20th July, representing a substantial 70% move.

  • U.S. regional banks have started to offer services related to crypto assets with Oklahoma-based Vast Bank (Vast), to become the first federally chartered lender, backed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., to offer crypto banking. Vast offers through a mobile app access to traditional banking services alongside crypto trading and acts as a custodian for crypto assets, and offers insurance on crypto assets held with Vast provided by Coinbase.
  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler, is looking for crypto companies to proactively register with regulators and to not take the approach of “begging for forgiveness” after launching digital asset products and services without doing so.


Source: ICE Connect

Bitcoin reached $50,000 in August and managed to hold under that key level at the close of the month.


  • No major events listed

US Dollar -

The U.S. Dollar Index (USDX) closed +0.5% in August at 92.64, holding above Julys close after reaching a four-month high of 93.75 earlier on 20th August when it met with a resistance area set during October 2020. This initiated a fall to the downside setting a bearish tone for the remainder of the month only to be exacerbated by negative news with July’s poor Retail Sales figures and a significant unexpected drop in Consumer Sentiment.

  • Earlier data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on 6th August showed Nonfarm Payrolls rose by 943,000 in July exceeding expectations and showing the greatest gain since August 2020. This positive news was reflected by the U.S. Dollar Index (USDX) rapid upward move throughout the day (0.57% gain).
  • Early August also saw the Vice Chair of the Fed, Richard Clarida hinting that the conditions for an interest rate hike could be met late 2022 indicating changes early 2023. Also, there were indications that the Fed are closer to the start of tapering but no dates given, it may be later this year or early 2022.
  • Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes were released on 18th August with no significant surprises and after an initial reaction the U.S. Dollar Index (USDX) closed the day close to the open.


Source: ICE Connect

DXY extended the upward move during the first 3 weeks of August helped by positive Jobs data rallying to make a new four-month high at 93.75. The DXY found a pocket of resistance shown on a monthly chart between 93.75 - 94.80 combined with the RSI showing the market was Overbought and the bears took over and prices fell. Subsequently we have seen a break of the short-term uptrend based on May and Julys pivot lows and a drop below the 23.6% Fib Retracement. A short-term downtrend potentially forming as the bearish outlook continued and support a distance away.

The DXY closed at 92.64 with a +0.5% change.


  • Wed 1 Sep ADP Employment Change
  • Tue 14 Sep CPI
  • Thr 16 Sep Retail Sales
  • Wed 22 FOMC Statement
  • Thr 30 Sep GDP

Singapore Dollar -

The Singapore Dollar closed the month at $1.3442 against the U.S. Dollar after taking advantage of the weakness of the U.S. Dollar declining from the highs against major currencies on 20th August 2021. The biggest movements throughout the month on the USDSGD seem to be led to the changes in the U.S. Dollar.

  • Industrial production data released on 26th August 2021 by the Singapore Department for Statistics showed an increase in production of +16.3 %, this was slightly below expectations with little impact on the market.


Source: ICE Connect

USDSGD during August was in sync with the movements observed in the DXY as the USD is the base in this pairing. From this we can see the Singapore Dollar had benefited from the weakness in the DXY (Dollar against a basket of currencies) after it began to fall from the 20th August highs. The USDSGD reached a resistance area on a daily chart at 1.3693 - 1.3633 on 19th August where we saw a significant drop the following day representing U.S. Dollar weakness and Singapore Dollar strength. The short-term trend is confirmed down on the USDSGD.

The USDSGD closed at 1.3442 with a -0.7% change.


  • No major events listed

Chinese Yuan -

The Chinese Yuan Renminbi closed at $6.4532 against the U.S. Dollar after multiple retests of the lower boundaries of the range (6.4500 - 6.5100) the USDCNH had been trading in for the past 10 weeks (with the exception of 2 trading days).

  • China posted a trade surplus of $56.58 billion in July of which $35.4 billion is with the United States (based on Customs data).
  • Concerns raised over China’s growth expectations in the second half of the year as one of the largest exporters to China Nomura Holdings Inc. lowered its GDP forecast to 5.1% from 6.4% in the third quarter and 4.4% from 5.3% in the fourth quarter. Led by concerns over the tough stance to mitigate the Delta variant and its impact on the economy.


Source: ICE Connect

USDCNH spent the majority of August trading in the range it had been in for the past 10 weeks. There was a little movement on the data issued for CPI and Retail Sales for short term traders but nothing significant until 20th August. PBOC announced the interest rate decision on this day (unchanged 3.85%) this coincided with the DXY reacting from a resistance area on 20th August. The weakness in the U.S. Dollar likely led to the appreciation of CNH which as the pair has the USD as the base to challenge the support area of 6.4500. This support area had previously been tested several times and was seeing less upward movement recently and likely to break.

The USDCNH closed at 6.4532 down by -0.1%.


  • Thr 9 Sep CPI
  • Wed 15 Sep Retail Sales
  • Mon 20 Sep PBOC Interest Rate Decision
  • Thr 30 Sep Non–Manufacturing PMI & NBS–Manufacturing PMI

Asia Tech -

Technology stocks in Asia continued lower in August despite the corresponding industry in the United States setting new highs and indicated the market's concern over the Chinese government's future actions to reign in this sector.

  • China has introduced regulation for increasing antitrust and personal data protection resulting in technology stocks and the broader market to experience selling pressure. Further regulatory action is expected to continue targeting loopholes that have allowed Chinese firms to raise foreign capital in overseas markets.


Source: ICE Connect

Price fell for most of August on continued concerns surrounding the impact of China’s regulators draft rules focused on unfair competition on the internet and regained some ground in the closing days of the month.


  • Thr 9 Sep China CPI (Aug)
  • Mon 20 Sep PBOC Interest Rate Decision
  • Thr 30 Sep China Non-Manufacturing PMI

Oil -

Brent crude oil traded lower for the first three weeks of August following July’s price action and recovered from the new low set at $64.20 to end the month 4.0% lower versus July at $71.63.

  • Brent crude oil rose at the end of August as the outlook for demand expectations to increase as economic recovery builds momentum along with tight supply remained. OPEC+ will keep to agreements for production levels to increase by 400,000 barrels per day starting in August through to December.
  • The oil supply shortage is expected to remain until the end of the year and reverse to be in surplus for most of 2022.


Source: ICE Connect

Brent price reached a new low of $64.20 on 23rd August and recovered to close at $71.63. Brent remained inversely correlated to the U.S. Dollar.


  • OPEC+ countries maintains its outlook to increase supply of oil in August by 400,000 barrels per day through to December

Key Figures -

Source: ICE Connect, ~30 Days

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