We doubt the SEK will remain a G10 top performer

We think that the Swedish krona will appreciate a little further against the euro and the dollar in 2021, but doubt that it will remain one of the best-performing G10 currencies, as it has been this year. The Swedish krona has been the second-best-performing G10 currency against the dollar in 2020. (See Chart 1.) Despite the sell-off in March that…
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