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How to Trade Central Bank Moves Down Under

Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 11:48 AM ET
Sydney Harbor Bridge & skyline
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Tired of getting knocked around by the ups and downs of the euro zone debt crisis? Here's a trade that has nothing to do with Europe. How refreshing.

It's rough trading the euro-dollar pair with the crisis in Europe roiling the market. Amelia Bourdeau, director of foreign exchange at Westpac Institutional Bank, suggests that "It's a good idea to have some trades out there where you can avoid being thrown around by those headlines."

Money In Motion: AUD/NZD
A currency play on the Australian and New Zealand dollar, with Amelia Bourdeau, Westpac Institutional Bank.

Bourdeau is looking down under, and she sees an opportunity trading the difference in central bank policies there.

Australia cut interest rates earlier this month, its first such move in two years, and Bourdeau thinks the Reserve Bank of Australia could ease further over the next twelve months. But right next door, "New Zealand is actually picking up," she told CNBC's Melissa Lee, having just reported strong retail sales. The central bank there could actually hike rates next spring, Bourdeau says.

"If you look at the easing and the hiking cycles relative to each other, I do like to be short the Australian dollar versus the kiwi," she says. Bourdeau wants to enter the trade at 1.3100 with a target of 1.2970 and a stop at 1.3155.

You can watch the discussion on the videotape.

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