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G 8 Nations Ponder Recovery

The weekend meeting of the G 8 nations yielded some positive viewpoints about the global economy. Finance Ministers believe the credit crisis is easing and described their respective economies in the most positive terms since the global recession began. Despite the positive tone of the meeting many participants expressed caution.

Dollar Gains on Treasury Auction Results

The dollar to euro rate rose on Wednesday after the US government sold $19 billion in 10 year notes. Investors were reassured about the US’s ability to sell long term debt to ease mounting deficits. The dollar to yen rate was also affected by the auction.

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Dollar Stages Rally

The US dollar staged a rally late last week after better than expected jobs data showed that the rate of job losses in the US sharply declined in May despite the news that General Motors was closing several manufacturing facilities across the US. Currency exchange rates were also affected by speculation that the US Federal Reserve will raise rates by the end of the year. The euro was pressured downward after Standard and Poor’s downgraded Ireland’s credit rating for the second time this year.

Entertainers and Forex Converters

American entertainers performing overseas find themselves in a unique position due to the dollar’s strength. Depending on how and when they were contracted to appear overseas some entertainers could end up taking home less than they would have months ago.

FOMC Meeting Boosts Euro

Wednesday’s release of the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) meeting minutes pushed the euro to its highest level against the US dollar since January. The euro to dollar exchange rate was prompted by rising stocks and the belief that the US will be the first to recover from the global recession. The dollar has declined against the euro for the last three trading sessions.

Travelers Need a Forex Converter

Earlier in the year the weak US dollar caused many Americans to postpone trips abroad especially to Europe. An impressive rise in the value of the dollar vs. the Euro is making it much more affordable for Americans to travel abroad. Despite the economic crisis and negative economic indicators the US dollar has not only remained stable but has risen dramatically against the Euro and other major currencies.

Replacing the Dollar?

In the not so distant past there was talk of the Euro replacing the US dollar as the medium of exchange for commodities, a development which would create the need for constant use of forex convertors. Because of the dollar’s strong performance in the face of the worst economic crisis the world has faced since the great depression of the 30’s most talk of replacing the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency has ceased. Naysayers had cited the massive national debt of the US and a bloated government budget …

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Rise in Risk Sentiment Premature

This week’s economic calendar promises to be relatively uneventful and traders expect currency exchange rates to be affected by stock market performance. French and Italian production figures are due this week and could affect the euro to dollar exchange rate. The production figures are expected to show the fourth consecutive month of double digit declines in both Euro Zone countries.

Small Investors Turn to Forex

A June 2nd story by the global news agency Reuters tells the story of investor Cenk Utkan who lost half his investment in emerging market hedge funds. The 33-year-old managing director of London-based Connexion Capital introduces institutional investors to hedge funds.

Investors Cautious in Advance of ECB Meeting

On Tuesday the US dollar rebounded against the Euro as US stocks fell triggering a return to risk aversion. The euro to dollar rate fell as investors took profits from the Euro’s recent rise in advance of the ECB meeting scheduled for Thursday. The central bank is expected to lower rates.

US Data Triggers Risk Appetite

Better than expected data from the US triggered a rise in risk sentiment among currency traders putting pressure on the US dollar and the Japanese Yen which are traditionally seen as safe haven currencies during troubled times. The euro to dollar rate was affected as the dollar fell against the euro for the fourth straight trading session. The yen is at a two week low against both the dollar and the euro.

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