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Wednesday Sep 21 2022
By
AFP

Dollar hits 20-year high vs euro as Fed hikes rates again

By
AFP
Image showing a stack of $1 notes. — Reuters/ File
Image showing a stack of $1 notes. — Reuters/ File
  • Latest Fed statement include interest rate projections for end of 2023 and 2024 that are higher than previous forecasts.
  • Wall Street stocks, which had been in positive territory prior to 1800 GMT Fed statement, tumbled into the red after the announcement.
  • All three major indices were in negative territory, with the broad-based S&P 500 down 0.6% at 3,834.10.


NEW YORK: The dollar surged to a near 20-year peak against the euro Wednesday as the Federal Reserve enacted another aggressive interest rate hike in response to runaway inflation.

The euro to dollar ratio hit 0.9814 for the first time since October 2002, just months after the currency became the sole legal tender of 12 European Union states.

Wall Street stocks, which had been in the positive territory prior to the 1800 GMT Fed statement, tumbled into the red after the announcement.

All three major indices were in negative territory, with the broad-based S&P 500 down 0.6% at 3,834.10.

The latest Fed statement included interest rate projections for the end of 2023 and 2024 that are higher than the previous forecasts, signalling the US central bank now sees the need for a more prolonged monetary tightening cycle in light of inflation trends.

"Overall, the message from the (Fed) remains hawkish, with the Fed committing to further rates hikes to combat inflation and keep inflation expectations anchored," said a note from High-Frequency Economics.