USD moves higher vs all the major currencies with the exception of the NZD

USD rises in August

So how did the USD do in August?

The US dollar rose against all the major currencies with the one exception being the NZD.

Recall that in August the RBNZ was expected to raise rates by 0.25%, but put the rate hike on hold after the decision of the Government to impose Level 4 COVID restrictions on activity across New Zealand right before the decision.  

However the central bank also said that the 

  • ‘Least regrets’ stance is to hike rates but agreed to keep rates unchanged at current meeting due to lockdown

They added that they 

  • See the OCR at 0.59% in December vs 0.25% previously 
  • See the OCR at 1.38% in Sept 2022 vs 0.49% prior
  • See annual CPI 2.2% by Sept 2022 vs 1.6% prior

All are hawkish assessments. 

In the US, the dollar was boosted by a shift in policy tilt by a number of Fed officials toward starting the taper sooner rather than later.  That however, did not include Fed Chair Powell who remains cautious on starting the taper.

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