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US Dollar in Focus as Phase One Trade Deal Signing Date Approaches

At the start of a fresh week, the US dollar is trading somewhat steady as the phase one trade deal gets ready for signing this week, signaling a possible improvement in US-China trade relations in the coming days. At the time of writing, the US dollar index DXY is trading around 97.35.

US and Chinese trade teams are all set to sign the phase one trade agreement on Wednesday at the White House, following which US President Trump is expected to travel to Beijing to officially begin the second phase of trade negotiations between the two world leaders. Markets remain optimistic that this progress could help resolve the trade war that has raged on for around 18 months.

However, gains in the US dollar are somewhat controlled by ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East as tensions between the US and Iran continue to simmer. Although both countries hinted at not escalating their military conflict any further, Iran bombed another Iraqi military base on Sunday where US troops were stationed.

For now, the dollar has regained some of its losses after it slid lower on Friday following the release of a weaker than expected US NFP report.

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Arslan Butt
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Arslan Butt serves as the Lead Commodities and Indices Analyst, bringing a wealth of expertise to the field. With an MBA in Behavioral Finance and active progress towards a Ph.D., Arslan possesses a deep understanding of market dynamics. His professional journey includes a significant role as a senior analyst at a leading brokerage firm, complementing his extensive experience as a market analyst and day trader. Adept in educating others, Arslan has a commendable track record as an instructor and public speaker. His incisive analyses, particularly within the realms of cryptocurrency and forex markets, are showcased across esteemed financial publications such as ForexCrunch, InsideBitcoins, and EconomyWatch, solidifying his reputation in the financial community.
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