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The US Dollar continued raging and rallying amid the Turkish crisis and also trade concerns. Will we see a correction will the trend continue? The Fed will have its say with the FOMC Meeting Minutes and the Jackson Hole Symposium.  Here are the highlights for the next week.

The crisis in Turkey continued engulfing markets. The nation that bridges Asia and Europe saw the local currency struggle and triggered fears about European banks and other emerging markets. The safe-haven US dollar and Japanese yen competed for the first place while other currencies were beaten. The euro, pound, Aussie, and others reached multi-month low or more. In general, the tightening of financial conditions have hurt a vulnerable Turkey but could hit others. The gradual hikes by the Federal Reserve eventually take their toll. The mood around Turkey and other emerging markets overshadowed economic indicators. In the UK, fears of a no-deal Brexit persist, while euro-zone Q2 GDP growth was upgraded to 0.4%.

Updates:
  1. Existing Home Sales: Wednesday, 14:00. Most sales of homes are of second-hand homes. The annualized level of sales stood at 5.38 million in June, slightly below previous levels. We could see a small bounce now.
  2. FOMC Meeting Minutes: Wednesday, 18:00. The Federal Reserve decided to leave interest rates unchanged in its latest meeting but remained optimistic about the economy and left the door wide open for a rate hike in September. There has been no reference to trade in the statement. In the past meeting minutes, the FOMC did express concern about international commerce in its minutes. Markets will be on watch to hear if anything can slow the Fed down. In addition, comments about inflation and the recent strong GDP growth figures will be watched.
  3. ECB Meeting Minutes: Thursday, 11:30. The European Central Bank maintained its dovish stance in its July meeting. President Mario Draghi clarified that the Bank will not raise rates before September 2019, putting an end to speculation that an increase may come earlier. The Frankfurt-based institution is also worried about tariffs. The meeting minutes will reveal more information about their way of thinking and if they have become more optimistic about inflation or worried about growth and trade. The stance will likely be somewhat dovish, but this is priced in.
  4. US New Home Sales: Thursday, 14:00. While sales of new homes form only a minor part of the total market, each deal creates a wider array of economic activity and is well-correlated with the broader economy. The annualized level of sales stood at 631K in June. A similar number is on the cards now.
  5. US Durable Goods Orders: Friday, 12:30. This important economic indicator provides information for the Fed about investment and long-term moves in the economy. Headline orders rose by only 0.8% in June according to the final read. Core orders ticked up by 0.2%. We will now get the initial estimate for July, the first month of Q3. The figures also feed into GDP.
  6. Jackson Hole Symposium: Thursday and Friday, with the keynote speech from Fed Chair Jerome Powell most likely late on Friday. The annual gathering of central bankers in Wyoming usually produces headlines for future policy moves. Former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke and current ECB President Mario Draghi used the venue to signal policy changes. Will Powell move markets? His straightforward style may certainly prove to be market-moving.

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USD and forex general characteristics

The United States Dollar is the reserve currency of the world, partly due to its use in settling oil prices and other commodities. Foreign exchange pairs are divided into majors, minors, and crosses. Both majors and minors include the USD.

US economic indicators and political developments influence currencies more than anywhere else in the world. The decisions and statements by Federal Reserve officials make the biggest waves. The US economy is by far the largest in the world. US politics and policy also have an outsized impact on currencies.

The outlook consists of mostly US economic events but also key market-moving figures from other major economies. The euro-zone, the UK, and Japan stand out.

Recent USD Moves

The greenback suffered a bad start to the year: poor growth and scandals hurt the US dollar. Hopes for fiscal stimulus faded with the repeated failures to repeal Obamacare. Despite two rate hikes in the first half, the dollar struggled. Other economies outperformed America.

The second half already looks a lot different: economic growth reached 3% annualized and the Fed seems to stick to its plan to hike rates three times. In addition, Trump’s tax plan inspires markets, despite hurdles to pass it before Christmas.

Headwinds come from the political scandals. Low inflation also weighs on the dollar. If the “mystery” persists and wages do not accelerate, Janet Yellen and co. could refrain from further tightening. The new Fed Chair Jerome Powell will take office in February 2018, and he may not stick to the current plan of raising rates three times.

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