The US dollar extended broad-based gains on Wednesday after slightly higher-than-expected US inflation data and amid concerns over European banks.» Read More
Euro-zone investors are the gloomiest in 2-1/2 years and their expectations for the next six months are the most pessimistic on record as the credit crunch continues to depress sentiment, a survey showed on Monday.
With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight we turn our attention to some of the big predictions of 2007 and whether investors might have been better off just rolling the bones.
The dollar fell Friday after a December report showing the weakest jobs growth since August 2003 fueled fears of a recession and increased the likelihood of an aggressive rate cut by the Federal Reserve later this month.
High oil prices, driving up the cost of transportation and other services, as well as spiraling food prices contributed to euro-zone inflation staying well above the target while Swiss inflation came in at a 12-year high, data showed on Friday.
The dollar was largely unchanged against the euro and yen Thursday, erasing overnight losses after a report showed enough U.S. private sector job growth to ease fears about Friday's payrolls data.
The dollar fell Wednesday, hitting a one-month low against the yen, after a gauge of the U.S. manufacturing sector last month tumbled to its lowest level since April 2003, increasing expectations for more Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.
The dollar rallied against the euro but slipped against the yen in the final trading day of 2007 Monday, though dealers resisted making big bets until volume increases after New Year's Day.
The dollar fell across the board Friday as data showing a 9 percent decline in sales of new U.S. homes last month heightened concern about the economy, putting the greenback on track for its worst week in more than a year.
The U.S. dollar slid against the euro in thin trade Wednesday while the yen traded near seven-week lows as investors continued to fund carry trades by borrowing the Japanese currency.
Western Europe has long been the most popular getaway for U.S. tourists, but rising airfare and the weak dollar may have Americans traveling to more exotic destinations in 2008.
The dollar fell against the euro in thin trade Wednesday while the yen remained near seven-week lows as investors continued to fund carry trades by borrowing the low-yielding Japanese currency.
The yen dipped to a six-week low against the dollar Monday and fell against the euro as a pre-Christmas equities rally boosted investors' risk appetite.
Instead of beating the drum for the greatness of the single European currency, the last missive was a demand for European companies to quit blaming the strong euro for what are their own mistakes. But some readers took umbrage.
The yen rose broadly on Thursday on worries that the worst from the U.S. subprime mortgage market fallout was yet to come after Bear Stearns recorded its first-ever quarterly loss.
Hedge wise and sleep well. Or, as they say in German: Gut gehedged ist halb gewonnen! Silvia Wadhwa gives her take on the single currency.
Merrill Lynch says fund managers it surveyed in December are more pessimistic about corporate profits than they have been in nearly a decade. Seventy-four percent believe we are in a late cycle phase of business expansion while four percent believe the economy has already entered global recession, the firm says.
The dollar rose against the yen on Tuesday as a modest improvement in risk appetite encouraged investors to buy stocks, but it consolidated versus the euro after recent hefty gains.
The dollar rose against the euro Monday, boosted by year-end transactions and speculation of less aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate cuts after last week's strong U.S. inflation numbers.
This could be one of the least controversial EU summits in recent memory. With the Treaty signed in Lisbon Thursday European leaders seem to have very little left to fight about. Indeed, rather than hanging around until 5:30 this evening, when the Brussels summit was due to wrap, they seem ready to head off for the weekend early.