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Oct 21, 2013

Dollar steady, but seen vulnerable as Fed tapering view recedes

TOKYO/SINGAPORE, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The dollar was mired
near an 8-month low against a basket of currencies on Monday on
growing expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will have to delay
scaling back its stimulus following a 16-day government
shutdown.

The dollar index held steady at 79.675 , not
very far from a trough of 79.478 touched on Friday, its lowest
level since February.

Oct 21, 2013

Dollar wobbles as Fed tapering expectations pushed back

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar was mired near an 8-month low against a basket of currencies on Monday on growing expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will have to delay scaling back its stimulus following a 16-day government shutdown.

The dollar index was little moved in Asian trade around 79.642 .DXY, but not far from a trough of 79.478 touched on Friday, its lowest level since February.

Oct 18, 2013

Japan’s Mitsui Life says doesn’t plan to up foreign bond holding

TOKYO, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Japan’s Mitsui Life Insurance has
suspended a plan to increase its stockpile of foreign bonds
because it expects the value of U.S. bonds to fall as the
Federal Reserve moves toward scaling back its economic stimulus
later in the year.

Mitsui is going against market speculation that Japanese
insurers will rush to foreign bonds in search of higher returns
after Bank of Japan stimulus announced in April reduced the
appeal of domestic bonds.

Oct 18, 2013

Dollar near 8-month low, fiscal wrangling takes toll

SINGAPORE/TOKYO, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The dollar nursed losses
near an eight-month low against a basket of currencies on Friday
as traders focused on the economic impact of an acrimonious
showdown in Washington that dragged the U.S. to the brink of a
debt default.

The potential damage to the economy from the weeks-long
government shutdown could discourage the Federal Reserve from
scaling back its stimulus programme at least until the beginning
of next year.

Oct 18, 2013

Dollar in the doldrums, fiscal wrangling takes toll

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar nursed losses near an eight-month low against a basket of currencies on Friday as traders focused on the economic impact of an acrimonious showdown in Washington that dragged the U.S. to the brink of a debt default.

The potential damage to the economy from the weeks-long government shutdown could discourage the Federal Reserve from scaling back its stimulus program at least until the beginning of next year.

Oct 15, 2013

Dollar firm on hopes U.S. debt deal may be around corner

TOKYO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The dollar held firm on Tuesday,
hitting a two-week high against the yen as top U.S. senators
signalled they could soon reach a bipartisan deal to reopen the
government and avert an immediate debt default.

Moves in major currencies were mostly modest, however, as
investors remained wary of further political bickering. The
exception was the Australian dollar, which jumped to a
four-month high, getting an extra lift from meeting minutes
showing Australia’s central bank was in no hurry to cut interest
rates.

Oct 15, 2013

Forex-Dollar gains on hopes of deal on U.S. spending, debt ceiling

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held firm on Tuesday, hitting a two-week high against the yen as top U.S. senators signalled they could soon reach a deal to reopen the U.S. government and avert a possible debt default for the time being.

The dollar changed hands at 98.64 yen, having erased losses since the start of week, staying near its highest level in two weeks. It rose as high as 98.71 yen in early trade.

Oct 15, 2013

Dollar gains on hopes of deal on U.S. spending, debt ceiling

TOKYO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The dollar held firm on Tuesday,
hitting a two-week high against the yen as top U.S. senators
signalled they could soon reach a deal to reopen the U.S.
government and avert a possible debt default for the time being.

The dollar changed hands at 98.64 yen, having erased
losses since the start of week, staying near its highest level
in two weeks. It rose as high as 98.71 yen in early trade.

Oct 10, 2013

Dollar bounces back on signs Washington is moving

TOKYO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The dollar firmed broadly on
Thursday on signs Washington is clawing towards breaking a
stalemate and averting a possible U.S. debt default late next
week.

The dollar index inched up to 80.47, extending
its recovery from an eight-month low of 79.627 hit a week ago.
The euro was slightly easier at $1.3498 after having
fallen 0.35 percent overnight.

Oct 10, 2013

Japanese selling of foreign bonds hits record last week amid US jitters

TOKYO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Japanese investors sold a record
amount of foreign bonds on a net basis last week, offloading
nearly $23 billion worth, amid concerns over whether U.S.
lawmakers would reach a deal to raise the federal debt limit by
mid-October and avoid a historic default.

Japanese investors sold a net 2.226 trillion yen ($22.9
billion) in foreign bonds in the week through Oct. 5, Ministry
of Finance data released on Thursday showed.