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Posted April 10th, 2015 by Charles Purdy

US Dollar enjoys a good week

The US dollar suffered at the beginning of this week, as it attempted to recover from the poor Non-Farm Employment data from the previous Friday. A small number of Federal Reserve members did speak out in support of the dollar despite this figure, with some still indicating that June would be the month for the first rate lift off. However, this has driven mixed views from other members of the Federal Reserve, with some even wishing to push back the date until 2016.

This week’s positive releases included the Services and Non-manufacturing Purchase Managers Index (PMI), both showing continued growth in the sectors. Tuesday saw an increase in JOLTS Job openings, which showed that the jobs are there for the employment rate to pick back up next month. The current slowdown in the economy meant that there were mixed views on an interest rate rise in the Federal Reserve minutes released on Wednesday showing. There was slightly negative news when Thursday’s Unemployment claims release which showed a slight increase – but this was not big enough to weaken the US dollar.

Today, we will see import prices for the US – and this is expected to fall alongside current inflation. Federal Reserve member Lacker is speaking, and we expect there will be a continued focus on possible interest rate rises.

If you are looking to buy or sell US dollars, we suggest contacting your trader now for live rates, news and currency-purchasing strategies.

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Posted January 5th, 2015 by Charles Purdy

US dollar enjoys a strong start to the year

The US dollar had a largely positive day to start trading in 2015, enjoying strong gains against the majority of its partners. This came as manufacturing figures from the country continued the positive sentiment from 2014, with speculation over interest rate rises maintaining its pressure on the markets. Despite the fact that the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) from the sector was lower than both last month and its predicted figure, the US dollar soared to its best levels in 16 months against sterling and the best rates for four-and-a-half years against the euro.

This week is a slow start for US data, with the first main piece not due until tomorrow.

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