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 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.

Dollar Surges on Risk Aversion

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.

Sterling Joins Rally After Fed Drives Dollar Lower

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.

Dollar Retreats After Fed Minutes

The US dollar, which were rising earlier today, declined after the Federal Reserve released the minutes of its latest policy meeting, talking about the statement that interest rates will remain low for a “considerable time” and voicing concern about the strength of the greenback.

US Dollar Sees Broad Gains After Earlier Selloff

US dollar is in the midst of a recovery after yesterday’s selloff. Right now, greenback appears to be correcting by logging gains following excessive selling. However, even with the current gains, a little caution is in order as we wait for the release of the minutes from the latest FOMC meeting, since many of the dollar’s potential gains might already be priced in.

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