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Mar 5, 2015

Euro hits 11-year low as details on ECB easing programme awaited

TOKYO/SYDNEY, March 5 (Reuters) – The euro slid to its
weakest level in more than 11 years against the dollar on
Thursday, as investors waited for the European Central Bank to
announce more details of its massive bond-buying programme.

The common currency fell to as low as $1.1026 as of 0653
GMT, its lowest level since September 2003. It last traded at
$1.1039, down 0.4 percent on the day.

Mar 5, 2015

Euro hovers near 11-yr low, waiting on details of ECB easing programme

TOKYO/SYDNEY, March 5 (Reuters) – The euro wallowed near its
weakest level in over 11 years against the dollar on Thursday,
as investors waited for the European Central Bank to announce
more details of its massive bond-buying programme.

The common currency eased 0.1 percent to $1.1065,
holding just above Wednesday’s low near $1.1061, which was its
lowest level since September 2003.

Mar 4, 2015

Dollar clings near 11-year high ahead of U.S. data, ECB

TOKYO, March 4 (Reuters) – The dollar held firm near an
11-year high versus a basket of major currencies on Wednesday,
as investors awaited U.S. economic data and a European Central
Bank meeting later this week for fresh clues on policy
direction.

The dollar index edged up 0.1 percent to 95.451
. On Tuesday it had touched a high of 95.570, its
strongest level since September 2003.

Mar 4, 2015

Dollar hovers below 11-year high ahead of data, ECB

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar hovered below an 11-year high versus a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, as investors awaited U.S. economic data and a European Central Bank meeting later this week for fresh direction clues.

The dollar index last stood at 95.355 =USD .DXY, having backed off slightly from Tuesday’s high of 95.570, its strongest level since September 2003.

Mar 3, 2015

Rising Singapore interest rates sting mortgage borrowers

SINGAPORE, March 3 (Reuters) – The era of ultra-easy money is
drawing to an end for Singapore mortgage holders, with domestic
interest rates rising at their fastest pace in a decade in a
country that already ranks among the world’s most expensive
places to live.

The three-month Singapore interbank offered rate (Sibor),
used to set floating-rate mortgages, climbed to 0.78756 percent
on Tuesday. It has gained 33 basis points so far
this year, exceeding all the annual increases since 2005.
Analysts expect the rate to end 2015 at around 1.0 percent. The
surge has been fuelled by the Singapore dollar’s
weakness against the greenback. A softer Singapore dollar can
put upward pressure on local interest rates as investors seek
higher yields as compensation for holding a weakening currency.

Mar 2, 2015

Dollar hits 11-year high, rises broadly after China rate cut

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The dollar hit an 11-year high against a basket of major currencies on Monday, with the greenback gaining a broad lift after an interest rate cut in China dented the Chinese yuan and emerging Asian currencies.

The dollar rose to as high as 95.505 .DXY against a basket of major currencies, its highest level since September 2003. The dollar index last traded at 95.417.

Feb 27, 2015

Dollar pauses after rallying on U.S. data, Fed remarks

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar took a breather after surging to a one-month high against a basket of currencies the previous day as U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials prompted investors to raise their bets on a rate increase.

The dollar index eased 0.2 percent to 95.130 .DXY, inching away from a one-month high of 95.357 set on Thursday. The dollar index had rallied 1.1 percent on Thursday, bringing it close to the more than 11-year high of 95.481 hit on Jan. 23.

Feb 25, 2015

Dollar slips as Yellen shows no rush to raise rates

SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar edged down against the yen on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the Fed won’t be rushed into kicking off the U.S. interest rate tightening cycle.

In closely watched remarks before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, Yellen said the Fed is preparing to consider interest rate hikes “on a meeting-by-meeting basis”.

Feb 24, 2015

Dollar firmer vs yen before Yellen testimony; euro eyes Greece’s reform plan

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar edged higher against the yen on Tuesday, but traders were wary of making too many bets on the currency ahead of congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

Yellen’s appearance before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee is drawing extra attention after dovish-sounding minutes from the Fed’s January meeting released last week dented expectations for an early interest rate hike, and hurt the dollar.

Feb 18, 2015

Euro supported by hopes for Greek debt deal; yen awaits Kuroda

TOKYO/SINGAPORE, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The euro held steady on
Wednesday, finding some support as investors held on to hopes
that Greece will find enough common ground with its euro zone
partners and avoid a chaotic exit from the currency union.

The euro traded at $1.1405, staying above this week’s
low of $1.13195 hit on Monday.