Source: Bloomberg
Source: Bloomberg
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Yellen comments lead to spike, then drop of dollar

The Fed Chair provoked a spike in the dollar with comments that a rate hike was likely, until investors noticed her prepared remarks emphasized "gradual" rate hikes, after which the dollar sagged.

March 4, 2017 3:27 AM (UTC+8)

St Lous Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard brought the dollar down with a speech downplaying the likelihood of a March rate increase. Fed Chair Janet Yellen a few minutes later provoked spike in the dollar with a comment that a rate adjustment was likely, until investors read her speech carefully. The Fed chair emphasized “gradual” rate hikes, and the dollar sagged.

Brazil and Mexico are the top performers at 2 pm among the major emerging market ETFs as the dollar weakened following the Fed Chair’s remarks.

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