On Friday, the greenback rallied because traders shifted their focus to the highly-anticipated Federal Reserve rate lift already next week, notwithstanding uncertainty over next year’s rate lifts kept gains in check…
Greenback approaches 16-month maximum
On Monday, the evergreen buck built on the previous week's profits and jumped to a 16-month maximum due to the fact that investors actually expect the Fed to keep tightening monetary policy, although the UK pound was still pressured against the backdrop of uncertainty over a Brexit agreement.
The major US bank has reaffirmed its plan to have interest rates lifted by up to 25 basis points already in December. What’s more, the bank is considering two extra rate lifts by mid-2019 justified by a firm economy as well as soaring wage pressures.
The US currency has also derived benefits from a broader move away from risky assets because of US-Sino trade clashes, China's economic deceleration, Brexit uncertainty, to say nothing of the everlasting conflict between Rome and the European bloc over Italy's plan for a big-spending budget as well as wide fiscal deficit.
Estimating the US dollar’s purchasing potential versus its primary rivals the USD index rallied by 0.1% ending up with 97.02, which is below its 16-month maximum of 97.2 reached on October 31. What’s more, the USD index has managed to soar four weeks in row, soaring by 0.4% the previous week.
Against the Japanese yen the evergreen buck rallied by 0.1% hitting 113.98, which is close to a 6-week minimum of 114.08. The US currency has been preferred over the Japanese rival due to the diverging monetary policies of the Fed as well as the Bank of Japan.
While the key US financial institution is on track to raise interest rates, Japan’s major bank is generally anticipated to keep its monetary policy extremely loose against the backdrop of slow surge and inflation.
By the way, the widening interest rate differential between Japanese and American bonds has made the evergreen buck a more attractive bet than the Japanese currency.
The UK pound dived by 0.25% hitting $1.2941.
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