Market Updates – May 21

Federica D’Ambrosio

Senior Trader and CFO

US Dollar records best Two-Week Performance since September

The US dollar is facing multiple challenges, including the US debt ceiling, inflation, policy decisions, global growth concerns, and even a banking crisis.All these factors are affecting the currency’s outlook.

Despite a recent short-term increase, the US dollar index is still in a long-term downtrend.There is hope that a deal to extend the debt ceiling will lead to higher interest rates in the US, which could support further gains for the US dollar.Interestingly, most investors expect the dollar to weaken this year. So, the recent 2% increase in the greenback over the past month has left many confused.

Several factors may contribute to this unexpected situation. Concerns about the US debt ceiling negotiations, the health of banks, and the global economic outlook are increasing the perception that the dollar is a safe-haven currency.

While the dollar index has risen by about 2% since mid-April to around 103, it is still about 10% lower than its 20-year high in September 2022.

Positive developments emerged during Thursday’s Wall Street session, with reports suggesting that Congress is preparing to vote on a bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling in the short term, potentially avoiding a default.

Optimism about the debt ceiling talks has raised expectations of higher interest rates. President Biden and top congressional Republican Kevin McCarthy are determined to reach an agreement to raise the government’s $31.4 trillion debt ceiling. Hopes are high for a final deal when Biden attends the G7 meeting in Japan over the weekend.

On the flip side, the stronger US dollar has led to a decline in precious metals. Gold, in particular, had a challenging week and dropped below the $2,000 mark.

In conclusion, the US dollar is navigating through a complex landscape of factors, with its recent bounce defying market expectations. The ongoing debt ceiling negotiations and other global economic concerns continue to influence the currency’s performance, while precious metals face challenges due to the stronger dollar.

High Impact News This Week: May 22 – 26

Please remember to close the exposure in the directly associated pair to the news event. The exposure must be cleared 1 hour before the event and the position can be opened again from 30 min after the data has been released, in case of a speech positions can be reopened after the speech is over. 


07:00 AM BST   GBP  Consumer Price Index

07:00 PM BST   USD  FOMC


01:30 PM BST   USD  Gross Domestic Product

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