US Dollar Falls Ahead Of Fed Decision

Investor Signposts Week Beginning September 18 2017
World Week Ahead: Eyes squarely on Fed
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21 September, 2017

"Despite expectations for strong dollar demand for settlement purposes, the US currency drew only moderate purchases", a currency broker said.

Market experts expect the answer is for interest rates to stay the same as the economy remains perky and enduringly low inflation data was finally countered with a rise in the consumer price index last month. The Dow surged 63 points or +0.28% to finish at 22,331.35.

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, -0.12% which measures the greenback against six of its rivals, was little changed on Wednesday morning at 91.767, on course for a second session of losses.

The New Zealand dollar fell against a broadly stronger USA dollar ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting which may provide hints to how and when the central bank will begin unwinding its massive balance sheet.

While the Fed is expected to leave interest rates unchanged, many investors will focus on details of how the central bank plans to unwind its $4.5 trillion balance sheet in the months ahead, as well as its views on inflation. After leaving the rate at a record low for seven years after the 2008 crisis, the Fed has modestly raised it four times since December 2015 to a still-low range of 1 percent to 1.25 percent.

FED WATCH: Investors are looking ahead to this week's Fed policy meeting for indications on the timing of the next rate hike and when the Fed might start shrinking its multitrillion-dollar stockpile of bonds.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted on Monday about the existence of military options on North Korea that might spare Seoul from a brutal counterattack.

Analysts and investors, however, say they will look more intently at policymakers' forecasts for the end-of-year federal funds rate as an indication of whether a quarter-point increase widely expected in December is likely to occur. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks was up 3 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,444.

In his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump said "the United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea". "We are very early on in the process but, so far, financial markets have largely remained unmoved and unencumbered by the prospect of falling, as opposed to endless, liquidity".

The metal has fallen four per cent since hitting a more than one-year high of $US1,357.54 earlier this month, as the U.S. dollar recovered from lows and as fading concerns over North Korea's nuclear ambitions cut demand for bullion as a haven from risk.

'The Fed won't want to commit to another rate hike until it is sure that activity is rebounding after the storm disruption'.

US crude futures were down 1 cent at $49.90 per barrel, within sight of Thursday's almost four-month high of $50.50. Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, was up $1.05, or 1.9 percent, to $56.19 a barrel in London. India's Sensex gained 0.6 percent to 32,472.62. The euro rose to $1.2002 from $1.1997.


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