Dollar falls after Fed signals pause; banking woes dent confidence


SINGAPORE : The dollar slipped against most major currencies on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve opened the door to a pause in its aggressive tightening cycle, though markets were buffeted by risk aversion amid a rout in regional U.S. bank shares.

The Fed on Wednesday raised its benchmark overnight interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point, as expected, but in doing so dropped from its policy statement language that it “anticipates” further rate
increases would be needed.

That sent the U.S. dollar down broadly and Treasury yields sliding, with traders taking the comments as a signal for a peak in U.S. rates had been reached and moved to price in rate cuts later this year.

In thinned Asian trade on Thursday, the British pound held at a roughly 11-month high of $1.2590, having reached that level in the previous session.
Markets in Japan remain closed for a holiday.

The euro was last 0.2 per cent higher at $1.1083, flirting with its recent one-year peak.

“The most notable part of (the) statement was the section outlining the outlook for policy going forward, as the FOMC watered down its language regarding the need for additional monetary tightening,” said Jay Bryson, chief economist at Wells Fargo.

“Additional tightening may be needed … but the FOMC does not appear to be pre-committing to another rate hike on June 14.”

The U.S. dollar index was last 0.12 per cent lower at 101.11, after dropping more than 0.6 per cent in the previous session.

Source: Reuters


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