Dollar rises vs yen, Swiss franc as risk appetite grows

* All eyes on Jackson Hole meeting, Fed's Powell's speech
* G7 meeting also awaited for finance officials' comments
* Fed minutes show officials view July cut as mid-cycle adjustment
* Euro little moved by Italian PM's resignation
* Graphic: World FX rates in 2019

(Adds new comments, Fed minutes, updates prices)
By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
NEW YORK, Aug 21 (Reuters) - The dollar advanced against the safe-haven yen and Swiss Franc on
Wednesday, as risk appetite increased with global stocks and U.S. yields were mostly higher ahead of an
annual Federal Reserve gathering later this week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and a summit of major central
banks this weekend.
Currency investors are waiting for a statement from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell in Jackson Hole on
Friday as well comments from global monetary authorities who will meet at a Group of Seven event this
weekend about possible measures to lift slumping economies around the world.
Powell's highly-anticipated speech comes after last week's inversion of the U.S. yield curve - widely
regarded as a recession signal. The curve inversion has boosted expectations of another interest rate cut
at its September policy meeting.
The interest rate futures market has priced in 100 basis points of easing over the next year.
The Fed minutes of the July meeting released on Wednesday showed that the policy-making body discussed
a 50-basis point cut, but most viewed that as mid-cycle adjustment.
The dollar briefly extended gains after the minutes.
"It looks like a lot of the Fed officials viewed the July cut as a mid-cycle adjustment and not the
start of a long-term monetary easing cycle," said Brendan McKenna, currency strategist, at Wells Fargo
Securities in new York.
"The 50-basis point cut was discussed, but it doesn't look like it was ever a rational possibility.
This is definitely supportive of the dollar," he added.
In afternoon trading, the dollar rose 0.3% against the yen to 106.56 yen, gaining in four of
the last five sessions.
Against the Swiss franc, the dollar climbed 0.4% to 0.9820 franc.
The dollar has also been supported by talk of more spending. U.S. President Donald Trump said on
Tuesday his administration was considering potential tax cuts on wages as well as profits from asset
With the Fed minutes out of the way, the focus is squarely on Fed Chairman Powell and the Jackson Hole
Collin Martin, fixed income strategist at Schwab Center for Financial Research in New York said it
would be interesting to see whether Powell in his speech on Friday still characterizes July's easing as a
mid-cycle adjustment or a signal for a series of interest rate cuts.
"The biggest risk is still trade uncertainty," Martin said. "This should lead them down to a dovish
route. Their views may have changed a day later after tariffs were announced."
The euro, meanwhile, was down 0.1% at $1.1087, moving little since Italy's Prime Minister
Giuseppe Conte resigned on Tuesday. Some investors believed the move made a snap general election less

Currency bid prices at 2:57 PM (1857 GMT)
Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid
Previous Change
Euro/Dollar EUR= $1.1086 $1.1099 -0.12% -3.34% +1.1107 +1.1086
Dollar/Yen JPY= 106.5600 106.2200 +0.32% -3.36% +106.6000 +106.2300
Euro/Yen EURJPY= 118.15 117.90 +0.21% -6.39% +118.3200 +117.9200
Dollar/Swiss CHF= 0.9820 0.9778 +0.43% +0.06% +0.9826 +0.9776
Sterling/Dollar GBP= 1.2123 1.2168 -0.37% -4.97% +1.2175 +1.2114
Dollar/Canadian CAD= 1.3292 1.3314 -0.17% -2.53% +1.3327 +1.3255
Australian/Doll AUD= 0.6779 0.6776 +0.04% -3.82% +0.6799 +0.6774
Euro/Swiss EURCHF= 1.0890 1.0853 +0.34% -3.23% +1.0894 +1.0852
Euro/Sterling EURGBP= 0.9144 0.9117 +0.30% +1.78% +0.9162 +0.9117
NZ NZD= 0.6398 0.6414 -0.25% -4.75% +0.6422 +0.6397
Dollar/Norway NOK= 8.9516 8.9814 -0.33% +3.62% +8.9988 +8.9354
Euro/Norway EURNOK= 9.9261 9.9713 -0.45% +0.20% +9.9843 +9.9174
Dollar/Sweden SEK= 9.6260 9.6864 -0.72% +7.39% +9.6941 +9.6100
Euro/Sweden EURSEK= 10.6748 10.7523 -0.72% +4.00% +10.7568 +10.6667

(Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Additional reporting by Richard Leong; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

First Published: 2019-08-21 03:07:06
Updated 2019-08-21 21:10:37

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