The US have now finalised a further 25% tariffs on $16 billion worth on Chinese imports which will take effect 23rd August highlighting the escalating trade war. More on how this could impact the USD as a safe haven currency in today's US Dollar report, the table below shows the difference in return you could have achieved when selling £200,000.00 during trading yesterday.

Currency Pair% ChangeDifference on £200,000
GBPUSD1.05%$2140
Trade Tariffs Continue to Impact on the Dollar

It has been reported that US trade representatives are considering another round of tariffs worth $200 billion on Chinese imports as soon as September. US President Donald Trump has even suggested imposing tariffs on everything it imports from China which comprises about $500 billion.

In the meantime, China has signalled its intent to retaliate and apply tariffs on a further $60 billion on US imports. The impact on the Dollar and other currencies should not be underestimated considering that Chinese stock markets have been falling as a result of these trade policy decisions. China has also made an official statement to try and support economic growth as there are concerns for a downturn in the Chinese economy.

Dollar Climbs on Hawkish Fed

The outlook for the Dollar remains strong after the US Federal Reserve maintained interest rates at 2% at the last meeting and cited strong economic conditions. US GDP for the last quarter is running at an impressive 4.1% for the second quarter which is the highest since 2014.

The US Fed are still expected to hike twice more this year with the next rate rise expected in September. The Federal Reserve has consistently raised rates in the month of December for the last three years so if the data holds up then there is a high chance there will be a second hike just before Christmas. This should in theory see the Dollar rally higher as we approach considering this has not yet been priced into the market.

US Producer Price Index data is released this afternoon as well as jobless claims although it is Friday’s Consumer price Index inflation data which is expected to show a small pickup in the numbers and which is more likely to get some reaction.

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