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

US Dollar Strengthens on Uncertainty and Unrest

Greenback is heading higher again, thanks in large part to the uncertainty and unrest that continues to plague the world. Also helping the US dollar is the latest economic news, which is fueling speculation that interest rate hikes could come sooner rather than later.

Greenback Gains on Increased Policy Divergence

US dollar index is higher today, thanks in large part to the policy divergence that the greenback has with its counterparts. US dollar is gaining ground against other majors as expectations for higher rates provide support.

US Dollar Pauses for Breather

US dollar is lower today, losing ground against many of its major counterparts. The greenback is pausing for a breather right now, heading lower as Forex traders take profits and consider what could be next.

US Economic Indicators Lead to Mixed Performance of USD

The US dollar consolidated against the euro today after dropping yesterday. The currency also sank versus the Great Britain pound at the previous trading session and continued to fall at the current session. The greenback extended its rally against the Japanese yen.

Dollar Rallies After Fed Meeting, Keeps Gains

The major event this week was the monetary policy meeting of the Federal Reserve that ended yesterday. While the Fed did not present clear timing for a start of monetary tightening and the tone of the statement was not much more hawkish than it has been before, the US dollar rallied nevertheless and continued to rise today.

Dollar Consolidating Ahead of FOMC

The US dollar is consolidating right now, moving slightly lower ahead of today’s expected Federal Reserve announcement.

Dollar Backs Off After Mixed Data

The US dollar backed off today against its major peers, but the losses for the most part were not as big as yesterday’s gains. As an exception, the greenback closed flat versus the Japanese yen on Monday and sank today.

Dollar Retains Strength Ahead of FOMC Week

The US dollar demonstrated somewhat mixed performance this week but retained its strength for the most part. Many market analysts consider this as a sign that traders are strongly convinced in inevitability of an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve.

USD Rises vs. JPY on Economic Data, Loses Ground to EUR & GBP

The US dollar rose against the Japanese yen today as positive economic reports from the United States continued to fuel expectations of tighter monetary policy from the Federal Reserve. At the same time, the greenback slipped versus the euro and the Great Britain pound.

Interest Rate Hike Bets Continue to Support Dollar

The US dollar continued to move upward with the help of speculations about an eventual increase of interest rates by the Federal Reserve. The greenback reached the strongest rate in six years versus the Japanese yen. Surprisingly enough, the currency dipped versus the Great Britain pound, which was unexpectedly strong at today’s trading session.

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