US Dollar USD

 

Detailed information and fundamental factors

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%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:

Fitch
AAA
Stable
Moody's
Aaa
Stable
S&P
AA+
Stable

Supporting Factors

Global reserve currency

strong

International trade currency

strong

World's strongest economy

strong

Safe haven currency

weak

Factors of Weakness

Huge public debt

strong

Negative trade balance

medium

Weak-currency policy (implicit)

weak

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

Dollar Ends Week Mixed

This week was mixed for the US dollar which rose against some major currencies, like the euro and the Japanese yen, but fell against commodity-linked currencies, including the Australian and the Canadian dollars.

Dollar Jumps vs. US with Help of Positive US Data

The US dollar jumped against the Japanese yen today on the back of positive economic reports from the United States. The currency also rose against the Great Britain pound and erased earlier losses versus the euro.

Dollar Index Heads Lower After Bouncing Earlier

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 Gains Ground on Risk Aversion

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.

Dollar Drops on Rate Hike Speculation

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.

Dollar Rallies with Help of Impressive Economic Data

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.

Dollar Attempts to Recover After Huge Crash

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.

Dollar Builds on Gains Against European Currencies

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.

Dollar Continues to Experience Weakness

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.

Dollar Logs Weekly Loss After Long Rally

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.

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