Dollar Falls Against Yen In Asia As NKorea Tensions Percolate
The dollar dipped against the yen on Tuesday as central bank minutes from Japan showed no surprises, but investors remained nervous about tensions on the Korean peninsula with a recent spate of threats traded with U.S. President Donald Trump.
The Bank of Japan also released its monetary policy meeting minutes on Tuesday that showed policymakers aim to stick with their current policy framework and that there was reason to be optimistic about consumer prices because measures of inflation expectations had stopped falling, minutes of their July 19-20 meeting showed on Tuesday.
The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, fell 0.08% to 92.37.
Overnight, the dollar remained broadly higher against other major currencies on Monday, after comments by New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley sparked fresh hopes of a U.S. rate hike before the end of the year.
The greenback was boosted after Dudley said the Fed is on track to gradually raise interest rates given factors depressing inflation are "fading" and the U.S. economy's fundamentals are sound.
“I expect inflation will rise and stabilize around the (Fed's) 2% objective over the medium term," he said before adding that "in response, the Federal Reserve will likely continue to remove monetary policy accommodation gradually."
EUR/USD declined after Germany's federal election on Sunday showed growing support for a far-right party.
Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but will have to build a coalition to form a government as Conservatives lost support in the face of a surge by the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Earlier Monday, data showed that German business confidence edged lower in September. However, the reading remained close to the highest level on record, suggesting momentum in the euro zone\'s biggest economy remains strong.
GBP/USD held steady, recovering from moderate losses posted on Friday after UK Prime Minister Theresa May gave few new indications on how Brexit will proceed.
May proposed a transition period of around two years after the UK leaves the European Union, during which time access to the single market will continue on current terms.
Following May's speech, ratings agency Moody\'s downgraded Britain\'s credit rating to Aa2, saying government plans to reduce debt had been knocked off course and that Brexit would weigh on the economy.
Also Monday, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap general election that will decide whether the country sustains its massive economic stimulus. The vote is set for October 22.
The Australian dollar was little changed, with AUD/USD at 0.7950, while NZD/USD retreated after no single party won a majority New Zealand\'s elections over the weekend.
The ruling National Party won the largest number votes, but neither of the major parties won enough seats to gain a majority in parliament, forcing a round of coalition talks that could last days or weeks