The U.S. dollar may have found support this week but the USD index remains at a 14-month low.
The impact of the financial crisis in drawing buyers to the "safe-haven" dollar has in effect been almost cancelled out by the healing in risk appetite. The dollar looks to have re-embarked on the downtrend that had been in place for more than two years prior to the start of the financial crisis, only now the U.S. fundamentals have arguably deteriorated further.
Slow growth and a hefty budget deficit are likely to hamper the attraction of the dollar for some time. That said, there is a huge invested political interest in ensuring that any further declines in the dollar remain orderly.
The weakness of the dollar has already prompted some Asian countries such as South Korea and Taiwan to intervene in order to prevent the appreciation of their currencies impacting competiveness. This action can be viewed as a protest against the renminbi-dollar peg and a guard against losing competitiveness to China.