Archive for October, 2007

Traders opt in for high yielding currencies, Dollar Falls

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Dollar recorded a fresh set of low values overnight reportedly due to traders switching over to other majors in the currency Market for high yields and interestingly, the Federal Reserve’s Interest Rate meeting is going to start later today.

The Dollar had to face an all time low against the EURO, A record 46 Year Low against the Canadian Dollar, against sterling, and Australian dollar as well. Yen too had to see a weak day against dollar due to fast trade activities.

Forecast is, Dollar is yet to remain low until the Federal Reserve meeting finishes off, and expectations are with the Interest rates being slashed off by 25 points.

Sources Report: At 9:56 am, US dollar included 114.71 yen in comparison to 114.65 yen in the late NY trade, making the trading carried by yen to soar. Euro was at 1.4421 dollars from 1.4425 dollars, after increasing to a new record. Germany being the main contributor to the overall hike in the single currency region ensuring, Euro zones stays on top.

As for the Australian Dollar, traders have actually taken that to a whooping 92.72 US Cents during the London trade session and not to forget its the highest level since 1984. Interest rate hike is expected by the next week to fulfill the gap between Australian and US dollar yields.

Dollar experiences a record drop against Yen

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

New York – The dollar experienced one of the major one day drops against the Japanese yen in a span of three weeks, yesterday. The fall in the USD is said to be backed by a report showing a sudden outflow of resources from the U.S. in the month of August. 

USD, at 116.58, was 0.7 percent weaker vs. the Japanese yen in late morning trading in New York, recording one of the biggest one day falls since mid September. Alongside this entire market scenario, the Euro traded lesser by 0.3 percent at $1.4162.

It all started with more selling in the USD against the Yen in Asian trading market, but it picked up pace soon after the United States Treasury announced that the nation had revealed a highest net 163 billion USD outflow in the month of August.

This triggered the foreign investors to run away from the dollar-designated funds during that month. This was a result of the compression in the U.S. sub-prime credit and finance market which prompted this universal credit crisis.
This disorder further provoked a half-percentage-point slice by the Federal Reserve in the standard interest rates, in the month of September.

Mark Meadows, currency strategist at Tempus Consulting in Washington was of the opinion that it was likely that the traders were moving their money outside of the U.S., which looked like a strategy for a further decline in the value of the U.S. dollar. This was because the traders seemed to believe that the cost of holding U.S. dollars was much more than what they would be receiving in return for it.

While dealing in carry trades, traders tend to make use of low-yielding currencies like the Japanese Yen, only to invest further in high-yielding currencies like the Euro and USD.

Nevertheless, risk aversion has ascended which dropped the assets globally on Tuesday and provoked the traders to slow down on their carry trade, which in turn resulted in shoving the low-yielding Japanese Yen to a good rise.

Other than the USD, the Australian dollar also dropped bout 1.5 percent to a price of 0.8853 against the U.S. dollar and the New Zealand dollar feel even more by a good 2 percent to trade at 0.7434.
The Japanese Yen also fell by 1 percent and was last traded at 165.18 against the Euro.