The major theme of this week was speeches of various Federal Reserve members and, most importantly, Chairman Ben Bernanke. Comments of policy makers did not help to understand when the central bank is going to end quantitative easing. The confusion resulted in a mixed performance of the US dollar.
Quantitative Easing — News Archive
May 25th, 2013 at 12:24
May 25th, 2013 at 0:56
The Japanese yen ended Friday with gains as risk aversion attracted investors to the perceived safety of the currency, allowing the yen to move away from multi-year lows that it has reached recently.
May 24th, 2013 at 1:31
The Swiss franc retreated today after jumping yesterday on risk aversion, but retained most of its gains. Additionally, the currency advanced versus the yen, against which it fell yesterday.
May 23rd, 2013 at 8:49
The Australian dollar slumped today, reaching the lowest level in a year against the US dollar, as China’s manufacturing contracted this month and the US Federal Reserve hinted that quantitative easing may be reduced.
May 22nd, 2013 at 20:13
The US dollar was volatile today as Forex market participants were trying to interpret the words of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and to guess whether the central bank will remove stimulus.
May 21st, 2013 at 22:37
The US dollar fell against the euro today on speculations that the Federal Reserve will maintain its stimulus program. The currency edged higher versus the Great Britain pound and the Japanese yen.
May 18th, 2013 at 19:11
This week was relatively quiet in terms of news, though some important macroeconomic reports were released. Meanwhile, the US dollar was rising against other most-traded currencies and the Dollar Index surged to the highest level in almost three years.
May 17th, 2013 at 8:15
The South African rand weakened today, extending its longest decline in a year and touching the lowest level in four years, on concerns that worker strikes and falling commodity prices will hurt the nation’s economy.
May 16th, 2013 at 22:33
The Canadian dollar dropped today as speculations about reduction of quantitative easing by the US Federal Reserve continued, trimming risk appetite of investors and making them less willing to buy risky currencies.
May 16th, 2013 at 12:38
The latest GDP reading for Japan has been released, and it shows an improvement for the first quarter of 2013. This news hasn’t served to strengthen the yen, however. Instead the Japanese currency is down against its major counterparts on expectations of continued easing.