Thursday , 7 December 2023

Here’s Why the U.S. Dollar Is Going Through the Roof

When markets expect that U.S. interest rates will be hiked, it typicallydollar-cash-money-hundred strengthens the dollar…because people rush to change other currencies into dollars where they can make more money…[and this] higher demand for the USD drives its value up.

The edited excerpts above and below come from an article* by Mike Bird ( originally entitled The surging dollar is a signal that a colossal financial event is just around the corner.

…The last 4 large dollar shocks in the past 45 years have been symptoms of huge financial events:

  1. the collapse of Lehman,
  2. Britain’s panicky ejection from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) in 1992,
  3. the first Gulf War, and
  4. Paul Volcker’s shock rate hikes in the early 1980s.

Today’s surge is already considerably larger than the one that surrounded Lehman’s collapse [see chart below], although the economic conditions are very different.

dollar shockSource: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Here’s a snippet from BAML’s researchers:

…The move in the U.S. dollar as a result of this capital flight to the U.S. reflects a dislocation within the financial system – a symptom of systemic risk in financial markets…yet, despite the strength of the dollar move, apart from a few CDS events in EM, there is little sign from the components of our Global Financial Stress Index that systemic risks are surging. Most of the components are less stressed than normal…The missing ingredient is a “rates shock”.


The conditions in global markets right now are a historical anomaly. Rates around the world have been cut 558 times since the collapse of Lehman, according to BAML, so even [the expectation of] a small, steady series of interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve is a colossal change in the global financial system — one that’s sending the dollar through the roof.

[The above article is presented by  Lorimer Wilson, editor of and has been edited ([ ]), abridged (…) and/or reformatted (some sub-titles and bold/italics emphases) for the sake of clarity and brevity to ensure a fast and easy read. The author’s views and conclusions are unaltered and no personal comments have been included to maintain the integrity of the original article. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.]

*Original Source: (Copyright © 2015 Business Insider Inc. All rights reserved.)

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