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Moody’s Good Mood – Bad For the Dollar

Moody’s calmed investors by keeping the credit rating a solid Triple A for the US. This lowered fears and casued risk appetite – the dollar is falling across the board.

After Britain’s credit downgrade, there were strong fears that this could happen in the US. Today, Moody’s had a good mood for the US dollar. From Reuters:

“The U.S. government triple-A is safe,” Pierre Cailleteau, team managing director of Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group, said at a media briefing on sovereign credit ratings held in Tokyo.

Moody’s has a stable outlook on the U.S. rating, which indicates a change is not expected over the next 18 months.

The market reaction was big sigh of relief – the worst scenario didn’t happen. A credit downgrade for the US could swirl the world’s financial system. As this did not happen, a safe haven isn’t necessary, and risk aversion made way for risk appetite – the dollar falls.

EUR/USD climbed from 1.3850 to almost 1.40. GBP/USD went up from 1.6250 to 1.6230, and also the Candian dollar gained today. USD/CAD fell to 1.15. There’s a strong resistance line there for the loonie, so the Canadian dollar has little room to make gains.

This good, risk-appetite news is stopping the Iran-election effect that supported the US dollar.

A good mood, courtesy of Moody’s is alson expected in the stock markets.

Happy forex trading!

Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam: Founder, Writer and Editor I have been into forex trading for over 5 years, and I share the experience that I have and the knowledge that I've accumulated. After taking a short course about forex. Like many forex traders, I've earned a significant share of my knowledge the hard way. Macroeconomics, the impact of news on the ever-moving currency markets and trading psychology have always fascinated me. Before founding Forex Crunch, I've worked as a programmer in various hi-tech companies. I have a B. Sc. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University. Given this background, forex software has a relatively bigger share in the posts.