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Currency traders at websites like eToro have seen the US dollar climb, as the Federal Reserve looks to become the first of the world’s major central banks to tighten its monetary policy. The greenback made headway against both the euro and the Japanese yen during Monday’s trading sessions, climbing by 0.2 per cent against the euro and 0.8 per cent against the yen.

Ahead of Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke’s congressional testimony on Wednesday and Thursday, investors are beginning to speculate that the dollar will grow in strength, as they believe that the US will finally step away from the current ultra-loose policies that have been in place for the last couple of years.

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We’re often telling you about the GBP/USD or the EUR/USD currency pairs being traded online at sites such as eToro but we don’t often mention the AUD/NZD. However, with an interest rate decision to be made by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and continued high unemployment in the country, the New Zealand dollar has been losing ground across the board during the first two days of the trading week, especially against its Australian counterpart.

For the past 8 months or so the AUD/NZD currency pair has been losing ground but many observers and market insiders believe that the Aussie dollar will have somewhat of a resurgence, as it has been experiencing over the past couple of days, even though the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is expected to keep to the current 2.5% base interest rate. This is because much of the discussion and language coming from officials at Reserve Bank of New Zealand has led many to believe that the central bank is in a more hawkish mood, backed by rising house prices and an increase in private sector credit and, even though no interest rate hike is on the cards, the Kiwi has still felt the pressure recently.

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Thursday was a busy day for traders at ForexYard and other Forex markets across the world as numerous key economic events took place, with one notable event being the European Central Bank’s decision to raise interest rates to 1.5 per cent from 1.25 per cent. However, even after news of the interest rate hike, Forex traders chose the US dollar over the euro, with the single European currency failing to benefit from the rate rise thanks to continuing fears over Greece’s debt crisis.

Late on during the London trading session the US dollar was up by 0.28 per cent as the EUR/USD currency pair dropped to 1.4278. The in-form American currency was also up against the British pound, which was less of a shock following the Bank of England’s decision to keep its key interest rate at the record low figure of 0.5 per cent, a decision that came as little surprise to most informed Forex traders.

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Forex traders at eToro and other trading platforms around the world saw renewed appetite for the euro today as Greece agreed new austerity measures to avoid defaulting on its debts, something that could spell disaster for the Greek economy. This latest agreement by the Greek Government will go a long way to securing the €28 billion EU/IMF bailout package, which is being voted on tomorrow.

The troubled Greek economy has been the primary reason for the euro’s recent poor performance across the world’s Forex markets, and the riots and protests by the people of Greece over the last 48 hours has done nothing to assist the fortunes of the euro. However, if a bailout package can be secured, the future of both Greece’s economy and the euro will look much brighter.

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Wednesday has been a bad trading day for the euro so far as the European single currency suffered broadly during the first half of the day. A massive decline this morning saw the euro drop almost 1 per cent against the US dollar at ForexYard, following disagreements from Eurozone ministers regarding the Greek debt crisis and also news that some of France’s largest banks could face credit rating downgrades by leading rating agency Moody’s.

In recent weeks Forex traders have witnessed the euro holding its own, especially against the US dollar, which has been facing its own difficulties. However, the euro took a huge hit during the early London trading, with prices for the EUR/USD plummeting as low as $1.4310, still a distance above the support levels that are believed to be around the $1.4250 mark.

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For the fourth month running the Bank of England has voted to keep interest rates at a record low of 0.5 per cent, which will possibly result in further woes for sterling, as a low interest rate often suppresses an economy’s currency. Traders at ForexYard and other online Forex brokers saw a drop in appetite for the UK’s currency following the publication of the BoE’s report.

Also, for the fourth month running, three of the nine Bank of England policy makers voted to raise interest rates while six voted against the policy as UK inflation climbed to 4.5 per cent, which is over double the Bank’s 2 per cent target. This led Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England to write a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer explaining why the BoE hasn’t raised interest rates once again, an action that many believe might reduce UK inflation.

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