The greenback has been experiencing a resurgence after enduring a volatile 2023. Wall Street has begun to accept the fact that interest rate cuts are going to be delayed, which is contributing to the strengthening of the US Dollar Index. The index, which measures the dollar against several major currencies, has increased by 2.8% for the year so far.
The US dollar experienced a decline last November and ended the year lower against a basket of currencies. This was due to optimistic investors believing that the Federal Reserve was going to cut interest rates. However, in January, Fed Chair Jerome Powell stated that interest rate cuts were unlikely to commence in March, as previously believed.
Recent economic data has supported the notion that the Fed will keep rates higher for a longer period of time. The addition of 353,000 jobs in January highlighted the labor market’s continued resilience despite elevated rates. Additionally, the Consumer Price Index rose by 3.4% annually in December, which exceeds the central bank’s 2% target.
A stronger dollar is unfavorable news for American companies. However, it also means that US companies and consumers could spend less on imported goods, and Americans’ purchasing power increases when traveling abroad. Overall, the economy in Nebraska has been performing well.