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US dollar slightly declines following Federal Reserve meeting minutes aligning with predictions.

USD Edges Down After Fed Meeting Minutes

Concerns Over Early Rate Cuts

The US dollar edged lower on Wednesday following the release of the Federal Reserve’s January meeting minutes. The minutes largely met expectations and revealed that most policymakers were worried about the risks associated with cutting interest rates too soon.

Delayed Rate Cut Expectations

Traders have adjusted their expectations for the timing of rate cuts, pushing them back to June. Officials have emphasized the need for more evidence that inflation will continue to decrease before making any decisions.

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Uncertainty over Monetary Policy

The meeting minutes highlighted the uncertainty surrounding the duration of a restrictive monetary policy stance required to bring inflation back to the Fed’s 2% target.

Data-Driven Market Environment

Analysts have noted that the recent higher-than-expected consumer and producer price inflation has raised the possibility of the Fed maintaining higher rates for a longer period or even hiking rates further.

Impact of Economic Data

While inflation data will complicate upcoming Fed rate decisions, retail sales numbers and other economic data have shown signs of weakness, causing the dollar to weaken over the past week.

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Market Sentiment and Currency Performance

Traders are maintaining carry trades as the anticipated timing of rate cuts is pushed back, leading to the underperformance of low-yielding currencies like the yen. The stability or upward movement of equities has favored carry trades in the foreign exchange market.

GBP Performance and Budget Surplus

The British pound was up after the UK recorded its highest monthly budget surplus in January. However, analysts have cautioned that economic growth is likely to remain sluggish, and the surplus may not significantly impact the Bank of England’s decision on rate cuts.

Bitcoin Performance

In the cryptocurrency market, bitcoin fell by 1.96% to $51,028.

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