Fri, December 01, 2023

The Dollar Falls, What Does This Mean for the Rates?


As additional Federal Reserve officials signaled a slowing in interest rate increases on Tuesday, the U.S. dollar declined in early European trade as investors speculated that the rate peak might be approaching.

The Dollar Index measures the dollar’s value against six other currencies. It fell by 0.4% to 106.067 at 03:10 E.T. (08:10 GMT), setting a new three-month low. Fed Vice Chair Lael Brainard was the most recent Fed official to weigh in on Monday’s status of the institution’s fight against inflation. She echoed remarks made over the weekend by Fed Governor Christopher Waller, who said that interest rates must continue to rise to combat inflation, albeit probably more slowly.

What Should You Expect?

The likelihood that the Fed will only raise interest rates by 50 basis points in December, as opposed to the 75 basis points seen in the last four sessions, is rising. According to Morgan Stanley, this shift in perspective indicates that the U.S. dollar has peaked and will begin to collapse in 2023. Morgan Stanley anticipates that the Fed will raise rates for the last time in January 2023, with a rate decrease following in the fourth quarter. The bank predicts that the euro will perform better and that the dollar index will decline to 104 by the end of the year. Last week, the index saw its worst week in more than 2.5 years, falling 4%.

Later in the day, it is anticipated that October’s headline U.S. producer price index will increase by 0.4% for the month and 8.3% annually, which is a slower rate than September. In other news, the GBP/USD exchange rate increased 0.5% to 1.1810, coming very near Friday’s 2-1/2-month high of 1.1855. This was due to U.K. employment statistics that indicated a tight job market.

Just 3,300 more workers in the U.K. applied for unemployment benefits in October than was first anticipated. However, average wage growth, excluding bonuses, surged to 5.7% through September, increasing at the quickest rate in more than 20 years.


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