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FX Update

Dollar stronger on Trade optimism, Brexit deal could be in the works

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Optimism hit both the US dollar and UK pound after positive reports surrounding US-China trade talks and a possible Brexit deal hit headlines. US consumer confidence figures are due out today. 
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  • FX Rates
    August 27, 2019

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  • USD

    The dollar marginally strengthened as trade talks with China are set to resume. The dollar strengthened and Wall Street staged a relief rally yesterday. On the data front, consumer confidence figures will be released today.


    The pound has risen in three of the last four days. The opposition Labour party met to talk about blocking a no-deal Brexit as Boris Johnson said the “EU does tend to come to an agreement right at the end” and he is “marginally more optimistic” about making a new deal.


    The euro is slightly weaker this morning. At the G7 meeting in France, European Council’s Donald Tusk said the EU will retaliate if the US imposes tariffs on French goods. Tusk’s comments follow president Trump’s threat to place tariffs on French wines in response to France’s new digital services tax, which affects US tech giants, including Amazon, Facebook and Google.


    The Canadian dollar strengthened as WTI oil price climbed yesterday.


    The Chinese yuan looks to be ending its worst month in history falling about 4%. Other Asian currencies also look very soft due to the trade dispute with China. The Aussie and New Zealand dollars both fell.

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About the Author

Laurence Hayward is the Senior Advisor for International Markets and Risk for Silicon Valley Bank in its Central Region. He is responsible for helping clients mitigate foreign exchange risk, including trade finance and international cash management.

Hayward has over 40 years in the foreign exchange and interest rate markets, with experience as a banker, broker, trader and marketer / advisor. He has worked in London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Houston, Dallas, Santa Clara and Denver for Barclays International, First National Bank of Boston, Tullett and Tokyo Forex International, Gulf International Bank, NationsBank, Bank One, Cambridge Mercantile Corp. and Silicon Valley Bank. He has made presentations to the national AFP, the New Orleans AFP, the Houston TMA. Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the KPMG Global Enterprise Institute in Denver, and many bank presentations on the subjects of foreign exchange, international risk, FASB accounting rules and quant analysis. He has also been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and many periodicals.
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