Nordea seeks to spot NOK breakout after oil price fall

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Nordea Markets continues to keep a close eye on the Norwegian currency in light of the ongoing sharp falls in oil prices.

The bank expects the pressure to remain on NOK, particularly in regards to falling prices for Brent oil – the benchmark price set for oil extracted from the North Sea.

“Brent oil prices have continued to drop, pressuring the NOK,” Nordea Markets said in a morning note to investors.

“This pressure comes via the impact from lower oil prices on the Norwegian economy and in extension on Norges Bank. EUR/NOK is unlikely to break materially lower barring signs of a stabilising oil prices or signs of a shift from Norges Bank (don’t bet on it).”

Earlier this week, Norges Bank governor Øystein Olsen warned that the central bank would have to revisit its projections for the Norwegian economy and inflation expectations for 2015, last set out in December, because of the sharp falls in oil prices globally.


Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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