Dollar Nurses its Steepest Losses, UK elections, and More

Dollar Nurses its Steepest Losses, UK elections, and More

Both the Kiwi and Aussie are soar. The Federal Reserve Bank’s outlook hit the dollar.

The UK elections, ECB meeting looming, and upcoming tariffs edge investors.

On Thursday, the dollar nursed its steepest losses. The United States Federal Reserve’s gentle outlook hosed down expectations for a rate hike anytime soon. It pushed Treasury yields lower.

Sunday’s deadline for the next round of United States tariffs on Chinese goods looms, so investors are on edge. The UK election and European Central Bank (ECB) adds anxiety.

In more than a month, the dollar hits its lowest against the euro. It happened after the Federal Reserve Bank meeting, and in early Asian trade, where it sat just above that level at $1.1133. The dollar recovered against a basket of currencies from an overnight four-month low, nevertheless remaining subdued at 97.413.

Against the dollar, the yen crept higher to 108.47.

New Zealand and Australian dollars were the biggest winners. It soared as shorts scrambled to exit their positions. Some had bet on a more hawkish outlook from the Federal Reserve Bank.


FED and Dollar

FED dollar

Joe Capurso, the analyst of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, said that the Federal Reserve Bank is not as optimistic as people think. It is consistent with a lower United Stated dollar and the fall in bold yields that they saw.

The Central bank decides to hold rates steady, as expected. So, the economic outlook for the United States was favorable, says the Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman. Nevertheless, the forecast anticipates only the slow and moderate growth through 2020 and 2021.

Thirteen from seventeen policymakers foresee no change in rates of interest until at least 2021, showed the new economic projections.

Since after July, the kiwi dollar hit its highest. On Thursday, it was steady at $0.6581. The Australian dollar added 1% to hit a one-month high and gave back only a small amount in early trade to hover about $0.6868.