US dollar weakens vs euro and yen after release of Beige Book

Posted 18 January, 2018

US dollar to euro and other currencies has weakened during the Asian session amid the response of the market to the Federal Reserve's economic review and statements of the Central Bank board.

The euro has reached $1.2209 for now, against $1.2186 at the previous close in New York.

The US dollar-to-yen exchange rate decreased to JPY 111.18 (JPY 111.29 earlier), while the euro-to-yen rate was JPY 135.61 (JPY 135.63).

According to the regional review of the Federal Reserve, known also as Beige Book (reflecting the color of the cover), US economy and labor market have kept improving performance. Yet, an increase in inflation pressure was not enough to dispel market doubts about stable inflation recovery in the country.

As commented the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, it would be better to make less than thrice increase in interest rate by Federal Reserve, as the official reports read.

At the same time, the spokesperson of Dallas-based Federal Reserve Bank said that it is better to hurry up than being late with the revision and eventually face uncontrolled soaring inflation.  

The Australian dollar is slackening vs its US counterpart due to rising unemployment in the country to 5.5% in December (5.4% a month before).

On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada was among the first of central banks in developed countries to lift core interest rate in 2018. As a result, the rate added 0.25 p.p. coming to 1.25% as the market anticipated.

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