The strengthening US dollar is not perhaps what Donald Trump had in mind when he said he wanted to make America great again. It will erode the price competitiveness of manufacturing exports and perhaps hit those states that gave him a narrow win.
The U.S. Federal Reserve has moved up the benchmark monetary policy interest rate by 0.25 percent to between 0.50 percent and 0.75, and signalled a faster pace of increases in 2017. It is the first of a series of moves taking nominal interest rates closer towards a normal position that - in case of a future slowdown - will give the US Fed some room to ease policy again to support confidence and demand.
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