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Mar 31, 2015

Dollar edges higher, on track for best quarter since 2008

SINGAPORE, March 31 (Reuters) – The dollar rose against a
basket of currencies on Tuesday and was on track for its best
quarter since 2008, bolstered by the diverging outlook for
monetary policy in the United States compared to other major
economies.

The greenback remains below peaks hit earlier in March,
having given back some ground over the past couple of weeks
after the U.S. Federal Reserve signalled a more cautious outlook
for U.S. economic growth.

Mar 30, 2015

Dollar supported even as Yellen drives home message of patience

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar inched higher versus the yen and euro on Monday after the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve underscored the view that the Fed is likely to start raising interest rates gradually later this year.

The dollar edged up 0.1 percent to 119.24 yen JPY=. It has fallen more than 2 percent from a near eight-year peak of 122.04 set early this month.

Mar 27, 2015

Dollar off lows but poised for second weekly loss; Yellen in focus

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The dollar held steady versus the yen on Friday but was on track for a second weekly loss after the U.S. Federal Reserve’s dovish comments last week prompted traders to scale back bullish bets on the greenback.

The dollar last traded at 119.17 yen JPY=, little changed on the day. The dollar is down about 0.7 percent versus the yen for the week after falling 1.1 percent last week, when the Fed signaled a more cautious outlook for U.S. economic growth.

Mar 25, 2015

Dollar finds steadier footing, takes breather from selloff

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, March 25 (Reuters) – The dollar hovered
above a two-week low versus a basket of major currencies on
Wednesday, pausing from the recent selloff sparked by doubts
over how soon the Federal Reserve may start raising interest
rates.

Investors had rushed to cut long dollar positions after the
Federal Reserve took a dovish tone on interest rates last week,
sending the greenback crashing back from multi-year highs.

Mar 24, 2015

Dollar firmer after comments by Fed’s Williams, but doubts linger

SINGAPORE/TOKYO, March 24 (Reuters) – The dollar edged
higher versus a basket of currencies on Tuesday after a top U.S.
Federal Reserve official said it should wait no more than a few
months before considering an interest rate hike.

Market participants also attributed the dollar’s bounce to
technical factors and said the greenback may face further long
liquidation after the Fed signalled last week that it is in no
rush to tighten monetary policy.

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.