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EUR/USD stays in red below 1.0850 after weak German and EU PMI data

EUR/USD stays in red below 1.0850 after weak German and EU PMI data

EUR/USD stays in negative territory below 1.0850 in the European session on Wednesday. Preliminary July PMI data from Germany and the Eurozone came in below analysts' estimates, making it difficult for the Euro to find demand. Focus now shifts to US PMI report.

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GBP/USD recovers above 1.2900 following UK PMI

GBP/USD recovers above 1.2900 following UK PMI

GBP/USD has found fresh demand and regained 1.2900 in the European session. The UK PMI data showed that the private sector continued to grow in July, lifting the Pound Sterling, despite the risk-averse market atmosphere. US PMI data are next on tap. 

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Gold trades higher on stagflation fears, Harris’ nomination

Gold trades higher on stagflation fears, Harris’ nomination

Gold recovers for a second day in a row, trading back up in the $2,410s as “stagflation” fears mount. The term, which describes above-trend inflation coupled with weak growth and jobs data, is a portmanteau of “stagnant” and “inflation”. 

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Bitcoin price volatility expected amid speculation of Kamala Harris joining Bitcoin Conference with Donald Trump

Bitcoin price volatility expected amid speculation of Kamala Harris joining Bitcoin Conference with Donald Trump

Bitcoin price struggles around $66,000 on Wednesday. US spot Bitcoin ETFs experienced minor outflows on Tuesday, coinciding with the continued movement of Mt. Gox funds for repayment, which could exert downward pressure on Bitcoin's price.

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Canada Interest Rate Decision Preview: Bank of Canada eyes another rate cut on easing inflation expectation

Canada Interest Rate Decision Preview: Bank of Canada eyes another rate cut on easing inflation expectation

The Canadian central bank is seen cutting rates for the second consecutive meeting and the decision will be announced at 13:45 GMT. Governor Tiff Macklem’s press conference will follow at 14:30 GMT.

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DOLLAR INDEX, USDX

The US Dollar Index (USDX) is an index (or measure) of the value of the United States dollar relative to a basket of foreign currencies, often referred to as a basket of US trade partners' currencies. These currencies are the Euro (constituting 57.6% of the weighting), Japanese Yen (13.6%), British Pound (11.9%), Canadian Dollar (9.1%), Swedish Krona (4.2%) and Swiss Franc (3.6%). The index started in 1973 with a base of 100, and values since then are relative to this base.

In terms of strategy, the Dollar Index is widely used to hedge risk in the currency markets or to take a position in the US Dollar without having the risk exposure of a single currency pair.

More about the basics of the Dollar index


ASSETS THAT INFLUENCE DOLLAR INDEX THE MOST

  • Currencies: USD, EUR, JPY and CNY.
  • Commodities: Oil, Gold and Natural Gas.
  • Bonds: T-Bond (Treasury bond is a marketable, fixed-interest U.S. government debt security).
  • Indices: S&P500 (American stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 large companies having common stock listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ) and DOW (or DJIA, Dow Jones Industrial Average, an index that shows how 30 large publicly owned companies based in the United States have traded during a standard trading session in the stock market).

HISTORIC HIGHS AND LOWS FOR DOLLAR INDEX

  • All-time records: Max: 129.12 on 18/11/1985 - Min: 71.58 on 08/03/2008
  • Last 5 years: Max: 103.82 01/03/2017 - Min: 88.25 on 08/02/2018

* Data as of February 2020

ORGANIZATIONS, PEOPLE AND ECONOMIC DATA THAT INFLUENCE DOLLAR INDEX

The organizations and people that affect the most the moves of the US Dollar Index are the following:

  • Fed, the Federal Reserve of the United States, created on December 23, 1913, with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, after a series of financial panics led to the desire for central control of the monetary system in order to alleviate financial crises. The Fed controls the monetary policy, through active duties such as managing interest rates, setting the reserve requirement, and acting as a lender of last resort to the banking sector during times of bank insolvency or financial crisis. Jerome Powell is Fed's Chairman.
  • The US Government, which is the national government of the United States, a federal republic in North America, composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories and several island possessions. Joe Biden is its President. The US Government takes care of events as administration statements, budget, new laws and regulations or fiscal policy can increase or decrease the value of the Dollar Index.
  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury's mission is to maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources effectively. Its Secretary is Janet Yellen.
  • US GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the total market value of all final goods and services produced in the United States of America. It is a gross measure of market activity because it indicates the pace at which a country's economy is growing or decreasing. Generally speaking, a high reading or a better than expected number is seen as positive for the Dollar Index, while a low reading is negative.