Federal Reserve — News Archive

Risk Aversion Helps Dollar End Week with Gains

The US dollar gained this week with help of geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe and Middle East that were driving the Forex market by the end of the week. The greenback ended the week flat versus the Japanese yen, another currency that profited from the need for safety.

US Dollar Continues to Gain on Expectations

US dollar index is higher today as the greenback continues to gain on expectations for improvement in the economy. With Janet Yellen’s upbeat assessment earlier this week, even slightly mixed data can’t dampen the spirits of those that think the US dollar will soon gain strength as the Fed reduces is easing efforts.

Japanese Yen Heads Higher Against Other Majors

Japanese yen is heading higher today as risk aversion becomes an issue. Concerns stemming from Janet Yellen’s remarks before Congress yesterday are sending high beta currencies lower, and boosting the Japanese yen.

Will the Loonie Erode Further After Poloz?

Loonie has been sinking, in an overall trend kind of way, since Stephen Poloz took over at the Bank of Canada. With another policy statement on the way today, there are expectations that the Canadian dollar could go lower, particularly against the US dollar.

US Dollar Index Gains Mostly Due to Policy Divergence

US dollar index is heading higher today, gaining ground as policy divergence becomes more of an issue, especially with the euro. Since the euro is the currency with the heaviest weight in the dollar index basket of currencies, it’s no surprise that the index is doing well.

Forex Traders Ready to Risk, Feel No Need for Yen

Investors are feeling somewhat more courageous right now as fears, sparked by the problems in Portugal’s banking sector, waned and speculations resumed about a prolonged period of accommodative monetary policy in the United States. As a result, Forex market participants were less interested in buying safe currencies, including the Japanese yen.

US Dollar Retains Upper Hand Against European Counterparts

US dollar is retaining its upper hand against counterparts today as the good news about initial jobless claims offers speculation that an improving jobs situation could lead to an interest rate hike. Even though the latest Fed minutes don’t support the idea of rate hikes anytime soon, there are still many who hope for better outcomes for the greenback.

Dollar Slips as Fed Downplays Optimism

The US dollar slipped against some of its major peers today, including the euro and the Great Britain pound, and trimmed its gains versus the Japanese yen. The greenback was weakened by the Federal Reserve meeting minutes, which suggested that investors should not take economic recovery for granted.

Dollar Attempts to Extend Rally, Fails

The US dollar attempted to extend the previous week’s rally against the euro today and was successful at the start of the trading session, but reversed its advance later and trades below the opening level as of now. The greenback also fell versus the Japanese yen but rose against the Great Britain pound.

Dollar Heads Higher with Jobs Boom in June

US dollar is heading higher today, gaining ground, thanks to a jobs boom for the month of June. The latest nonfarm payrolls report from the US government shows expansion, as well as a drop in unemployment. The good news is pushing the dollar higher on expectations that the Federal Reserve will soon have to end easing sooner rather than later.

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