By Olivia Konotey-Ahulu
The euro rose the most in a decade this month, the British pound is headed for its best July since 1990, and for the first time this year, every major currency in the world rose against the greenback.
A gauge of the dollar against its biggest peers is down 4.4% this month, the worst rout in a decade.
The world’s reserve currency of choice was already on the back foot when US President Donald Trump raised the idea of delaying elections this year. He added fuel to a rout that was driven by falling US Treasury rates, real yields near all-time lows and disappointment over America’s response to the coronavirus compared to Europe.
Data Thursday showed the world’s biggest economy shrank at a record 32.9% annualized pace in the second quarter, even amid unprecedented levels of monetary and fiscal stimulus from the Federal Reserve and the US government. While that’s a 9.5% contraction on a non-annualized basis -- significantly less dire than economic data out of Europe this week -- the likes of Germany and France were quicker to implement lockdowns.
Also, the US’s jobless claims figures, which showed an almost 900,000 increase in the number of people claiming continued benefits, warns of the impact a resurgence of the virus across the nation will have on the economy.
Here are some notable moves in the currency market this month: