Dollar Edges Lower as Fed Policy Decision Looms

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NEW YORK/LONDON—The dollar eased versus its main rivals connected Monday, aft posting its biggest regular emergence successful much than 4 months successful the erstwhile league arsenic hedge funds chopped backmost bearish bets up of this week’s highly-anticipated U.S. Federal Reserve argumentation meeting.

Monetary argumentation successful the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom is successful focus, with the Federal Reserve wide expected to denote a tapering of stimulus, a origin that has fueled the greenback’s emergence successful caller weeks.

Quickening ostentation information has prompted immoderate concern banks specified arsenic Goldman Sachs to beforehand their expectations of a complaint hike by the Fed arsenic aboriginal arsenic July 2022, compared with the 3rd 4th of 2023 previously.

The dollar index, which measures the U.S. currency against six rivals, was down 0.098 percent astatine 94.104, hovering adjacent to Friday’s highest of 94.302, its highest since Oct. 13.

“You had a determination connected Friday based connected the PCE and you’ve got a small spot of a pullback close here,” Joseph Trevisani, elder expert astatine FXStreet.com said. “Nobody is rather definite of what the fed is going to do.”

The greenback leapt 0.8 percent connected Friday, its biggest single-day spike since mid-June aft a 4.4 percent surge successful the government’s scale of halfway idiosyncratic depletion expenditures—the Fed’s preferred ostentation measure—solidified marketplace expectations for a rates lift-off astir the mediate of adjacent year.

Money markets delegate a 50 percent probability of a 25 ground constituent complaint hike by the Fed by adjacent June, compared with 15 percent a period earlier, CME futures information shows.

Epoch Times Photo A representation illustration of U.S. dollar, Swiss Franc, British pound, and Euro banknotes, taken successful Warsaw connected Jan. 26, 2011. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

The euro edged up 0.04 percent to $1.15665 aft having fixed up astir of its European Central Bank argumentation gains, touching $1.1535 connected Friday, its weakest since Oct. 13.

Hedge money manager Stephen Jen of Eurizon SLJ Capital successful a enactment to clients said FX markets look excessively hawkish connected the ECB and excessively dovish connected the Fed.

“With a ample overhang of agelong euro positions among the existent wealth community, I judge the euro volition stay susceptible successful the months and quarters up against the dollar,” helium said.

The Reserve Bank of Australia volition besides determine argumentation connected Tuesday, with markets challenging the cardinal bank’s contention that rates won’t emergence until 2024.

The Aussie dollar ticked 0.01 percent higher to $0.7521, having fallen disconnected its astir four-month precocious of $0.75555 reached past week.

The British lb touched its lowest successful much than 2 weeks versus the dollar, pressured by uncertainty implicit the Bank of England’s argumentation stance and an escalating post-Brexit spat with France implicit fish.

Most expect the Bank of England volition rise rates by 15 ground points to 0.25 percent connected Thursday, though a divided ballot is apt and immoderate deliberation the slope whitethorn clasp fire, contenting itself with a hawkish signal.

By John McCrank and Saikat Chatterjee

Reuters

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