It Starts On The Periphery—FX Instability As A Harbringer of Risk Off

I view heightened currency market instability as a harbinger of “risk off” de-risking/deleveraging. Increasingly volatile and unpredictable currency swings engender a risk-mitigating reduction in speculative leverage. This, on the margin, reduces marketplace liquidity while weighing on market prices. Such dynamics typically unfold at the “Periphery.” And it is the “Periphery” that happens to be increasingly exposed to Global Pandemic Risk.