The US dollar reached a new 10-month high on Tuesday as US bond yields surged to their highest level since October 2007. The rise in yields, triggered by remarks from Federal Reserve policymaker Neel Kashkari, increased the attractiveness of the dollar. The dollar index, which tracks the currency against six major peers, rose 0.11% to 106.07, its highest level since late November 2022. The euro remained flat against the dollar at $1.0588, while the Japanese yen fell past the 149 per dollar mark for the first time since October 2022, raising concerns of potential government intervention.
The increasing strength of the US economy and the possibility of further interest rate hikes have driven up US bond yields, which in turn have boosted the value of the dollar. The dollar index has continued to rise, reaching its highest level in 10 months. The euro, on the other hand, has remained relatively flat against the dollar. Meanwhile, the Japanese yen has experienced a significant slide, falling below the 149 per dollar mark. The yen’s decline has raised concerns of government intervention, as political leaders and Bank of Japan officials are set to meet to discuss the situation.
The British pound and the Swiss franc have also been impacted by the dollar’s strength. The pound fell to its lowest level since mid-March and the Swiss franc reached its lowest level since March. The pound’s decline follows the Bank of England’s decision to hold rates and poor economic data. The Swiss franc’s decline came after the Swiss National Bank unexpectedly kept interest rates on hold. Overall, the dollar’s exceptional performance has put other major currencies under pressure, raising concerns of potential government intervention and impacting global markets.