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US Dollar Holds Steady as Middle East Tensions Overshadow Rate Cut Sentiments

Posted Monday, July 22, 2019 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

The US dollar maintained its gains from late last week over subduing of rate cut sentiments by the Fed expected at the end of this month. At the time of writing, the US dollar index DXY is trading at around 97.

Increasing tensions in the Middle East following the capture of a British oil tanker by Iranian Revolutionary Guards could soon get traders back towards the US dollar, despite anticipating the Fed to cut rates shortly. Following worrying comments from NY Fed President John WIlliams which shot up the expectations for a 0.5% rate cut, a subsequent clarification from a spokesman from the NY Fed have brought the markets back to expecting a 0.25% rate cut for now.

The focus has shifted from US-China trade war and recent weak economic data releases to rising tensions in the Middle East lately, which has heightened the appeal for safe haven assets. Central banks will also come back in focus with several global central banks due to release their monetary policy decisions over the next couple of weeks.

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