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Dollar rises, stocks end off highs as Trump talks up U.S. currency

28 January 2018

European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi warned on Thursday (25 January) that U.S. support for a weaker dollar was fuelling market instability.

"On the one hand, the prevailing strong cyclical momentum could lead to further positive growth surprises in the near term".

Mnuchin said at Davos this week he welcomed a weak dollar, arguing that it was good for United States trade, and commerce secretary Wilbur Ross said "US troops are now coming to the ramparts" in global trade wars.

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Draghi said Thursday that recently volatility in the euro's exchange rate was "a source of uncertainty" that merited "monitoring".

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The Pound-to-Dollar exchange rate has risen back above 1.43 in tandem with the Euro's rise, even if the Pound-to-Euro exchange rate is falling.

He also said that "several European Central Bank policymakers expressed concern" over the recent statements from the USA and such worries were "broader than the exchange rate, but the status of global relations right now".

It has set interest rates at historic lows, offered cheap loans to banks and bought tens of billions of euros per month in bonds in a bid to pump cash through the financial system and to businesses and households.

All-in-all, the euro managed to hit a total of 0.7% increase to $1.2498 against the dollar.

The stimulus would come from asset purchases, asset holding, reinvestment and forward guidance that interest rates will remain low, Draghi said.

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Appropriately enough, the Australian and New Zealand Dollars the highest-yielding currencies in the G10 FX space led the way higher against their USA counterpart. The refinancing rate probably won't rise until the latter half of next year.

Draghi also said there were "very few" chances of a rate hike from the bank this year and said inflation pressures were now subdued but would rise in the medium term.

Fears remain that the strong euro could dampen inflation and endanger the work done by years of unprecedented stimulus. During the press conference, ECB President Draghi carried on with dovish tone, noting in particular that domestic inflationary pressures continue to be weak.

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Dollar rises, stocks end off highs as Trump talks up U.S. currency