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Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Federal Reserve System

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2016: 73.8%

Trade Balance, 2016: -$734 bln.

Inflation, 2016: 1.3%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:


Supporting Factors

Global reserve currency


International trade currency


World's strongest economy


Safe haven currency


Factors of Weakness

Huge public debt


Negative trade balance


The US dollar is the currency of the United States of America. Introduced back in 1792 it has a long history of being strong medium of exchange. The currency is widely used in global international trade, as the reserve currency and is officially used in several countries besides the United States. The US dollar is also sometimes referred as greenback or simply the American dollar.

US Dollar News Archive

US Dollar Edges Lower as Political Tensions Reduce Appetite for Risk

The US dollar moved lower against the euro on Monday amidst light trading, as traders’ appetite for the greenback weakened due to growing political tensions in the United States. The US currency also dropped against Canada’s dollar, despite lower Canadian wholesale sales than expected in June.

US Dollar Weakens Against Euro Despite Positive Consumer Confidence Data

The US dollar today weakened against its main trading partner, the euro, despite positive consumer confidence data as tracked by the University of Michigan. The US dollar was depressed against the euro largely due to the uncertainty emanating from the White House as due to President Donald Trump‘s recent comments.

US Dollar Gives up Early Gains as Political Woes Remain in Play

The US dollar rose against the euro and other major currencies on Thursday, even after giving up some of the gains it made earlier today. A smaller drop than expected in manufacturing activity in Philadelphia and a low number of jobless claims supported the greenback. However, rippling effects from the Federal Reserve’s meeting minutes and political developments in the United States limited the greenback’s gains today.

US Dollar Rallies Higher Against Peers on Positive Advance Retail Sales

The US dollar today rallied higher against its main peers including the British pound and the Japanese yen after the release of positive US advance retail sales data. The greenback’s rally was also supported by the positive New York Empire State Manufacturing Index, which also exceeded expectations.

US Dollar Weakens Against Euro as Inflation Data Misses Estimates

The US dollar declined against the euro on Friday to touch its weakest level in 3 days, as fresh data for inflation rate in the United States disappointed investors. Weak economic releases in recent weeks lowered expectations that the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates before the end of the year, which weighed on the greenback.

US Dollar Erases Earlier Gains as Geopolitical Tensions Increase

The US dollar surged against a number of its major peers on Wednesday before giving up most of its gains, as traders focused on rising geopolitical tensions between the United States and North Korea. The greenback had little support from mixed economic data in the United States today as a report showed that while nonfarm productivity rose in the second quarter of 2017, labor costs lagged behind.

US Dollar Surges Against Euro on Record High Job Openings in June

The US dollar touched its best level in eight days against the euro on Tuesday following a report that revealed the highest job openings in record in the United States. An index that tracks the strength of the greenback against other major currencies also rose today to reach its strongest level in two weeks.

US Dollar Surges on Impressive Job Gains and Shrinking Trade Deficit

The US dollar surged against the euro and other major counterparts on Friday, as the economy in the United States created more jobs than expected in July. The gap between US imports and exports narrowed in June, which pushed an index that tracks the greenback’s strength toward its best level in 7 trading sessions.

US Dollar Remains near Lowest Level in 3 Years as Business Activity Lags Behind Forecast

The US dollar weakened against the euro on Thursday to remain near its lowest level in almost 3 years. A fresh data release that revealed lagging business activity in the United States added to mounting evidence that economic growth is losing momentum, which weighed on the greenback.

US Dollar Falls Against Euro as ADP Employment Data Misses Estimates

The US dollar fell against the euro on Wednesday, as uncertainty between traders about the labor market increased following disappointing employment data today. The greenback also declined against a basket of major currencies amid lower expectations for the official job report on Friday.