Dollar rises as Fed hints at December rate hike
The dollar rose broadly on Wednesday, hitting a two-month high versus the yen, as the Federal Reserve signaled it may raise interest rates for a third time this year even as inflation has remained below its 2 percent goal.
The U.S. central bank also said after a two-day meeting it will begin reduction of the Fed's $4.5 trillion balance sheet in October by allowing small amounts of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities to run off. [nFOMKKEDCA]
"Right now, the market sees the Fed more hawkish than anticipated," said Tim Alt, director of currencies and rates at Aviva (LON:AV) Investors.
Some traders had thought catastrophic damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida might force the Fed to postpone a rate increase until next year.
The Fed raised rates by a quarter point in March and June and its current target range is now at 1.00-1.25 percent.
"The Fed didn't alter this time to the market's outlook. This time the market adjusted to the Fed's outlook," said Brent Schutte, chief investment strategist with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co.
The futures market implied traders saw a 73 percent chance of the Fed raising rates at its Dec. 12-13 meeting
The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against six major currencies, was modestly lower before turning higher on the Fed's forecast for one more rate hike in 2017. It was up 0.7 percent for its biggest one-day increase since Aug. 4 at 92.426.
Among emerging market currencies, the Mexican peso
The Mexican currency ended up 0.2 percent at 17.76 peso per dollar
The New Zealand dollar
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