US dollar index is lower, even though the greenback is trading mixed today. The weighting of the euro in the dollar index’s basket of currencies means that the gains by the euro are weighing on the dollar index today. Even though the dollar is lower against the euro, it is still gaining ground against the UK pound and the Japanese yen.
US Dollar USD
Central Bank: Federal Reserve System
Interest Rate: 0.125%
Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2013: 71.8%
Trade Balance, 2013: -$698 bln.
Inflation, 2013: 1.5%
Global reserve currency
International trade currency
World's strongest economy
Safe haven currency
Factors of Weakness
Huge public debt
Negative trade balance
Weak-currency policy (implicit)
The US dollar is the currency of the United States of America. Introduced back in 1792 it has a long history of being strong medium of exchange. The currency is widely used in global international trade, as the reserve currency and is officially used in several countries besides the United States. The US dollar is also sometimes referred as greenback or simply the American dollar.
US Dollar News Archive
October 23rd, 2014 at 10:48
October 22nd, 2014 at 10:32
Risk aversion is back in the markets, and the US dollar is gaining ground as a result. The greenback is still considered one of the safest bets in the world, and with uncertainty all around, and choppy stock performances, it is no surprise that the greenback is preferred right now.
October 20th, 2014 at 10:49
The new speculation about rate hikes is that they might come a little later after all. This new view of interest rates has many Forex traders turning away from the dollar, and instead buying other currencies.
October 16th, 2014 at 22:08
The US dollar rallied today with the help of very impressive economic data from the United States. It is a stark contrast to the yesterday’s trading session, which ended with huge losses for the US currency due to bad economic indicators. At the same time, the Great Britain pound was able to outperform the greenback.
October 16th, 2014 at 2:39
The US dollar ticked up a little today in an attempt to recover from yesterday’s big crash. Unfavorable economic data and the resulting monetary policy outlook remain detrimental to the US currency and may cause another thrust to the downside.
October 15th, 2014 at 10:51
Once again, expected policy divergence is taking its toll on European currencies. The US dollar is gaining ground today, with dollar index heading higher and greenback making gains against its high beta counterparts in Europe.
October 13th, 2014 at 19:49
The US dollar continued to experience weakness today as comments of US policy makers were less hawkish than dollar bulls have hoped for, suggesting that the long-awaited monetary tightening may be postponed, and this reduced the appeal of the US currency.
October 11th, 2014 at 14:02
The US dollar demonstrated a weekly loss for the first time in many weeks. Yet the drop was not as big as it might have been as the risk-negative market sentiment helped the US currency to regain part of its strength by the weekend.
October 10th, 2014 at 10:55
Even though the minutes from the latest Fed meeting indicate that some in the FOMC are concerned about what’s next, and how to deal with a stronger dollar during a global economic slowdown, the greenback is heading higher today. Risk aversion is high, and that is reflected in today’s gains by the dollar.
October 08th, 2014 at 21:53
The Great Britain pound was falling earlier today as economic data from the United Kingdom was mixed, but the sterling joined the rally together with other currencies after the minutes of the Federal Reserve policy meeting led to the drop of the US dollar.