US Dollar sours as stimulus, Brexit boost risk appetite; Bitcoin hits new record high

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US Dollar sours as stimulus, Brexit boost risk appetite; Bitcoin hits new record high

On Friday, the American currency has been little changed, anchoring at more than two-year lows bottomed yesterday against a bundle of major currencies as bipartisan US lawmakers appeared to be engaged in a protracted battle of words over a pandemic stimulus detail, while, bitcoin, the original cryptocurrency, had hit another record closing high, stretching out its record-setting leg of blistering rally.

In point of fact, Thursday’s faltering of American Dollar came forth as the US Congress has been closing in on a $900 billion worth of stimulus bill which would likely to involve an extended unemployment benefit alongside a one-off stimulus check between $600 to $700, however, Republican and Democratic Senators had been in a last-ditch talk on whether the pandemic relief bill should prioritize the hardest-hit US states which had been an electoral promise for the Democrats, though a deal seems highly likely over the weekend, intensifying a rancorous sell-off wave of the American currency.

On top of that, as American Dollar sell-off continued, a basket of investors had placed their bets on Bitcoin, leading to an upsurge of 10.5 per cent for the digital asset to an all-time high of $23,777. Bitcoin skyrocketed as much as 220 per cent this year, while on Thursday’s market closure, Bitcoin rose by 5 per cent to $22,414.

US Dollar plunged to more than two-year lows as Bitcoin hits record high

Citing statistics, on Thursday’s FX market closure, the US Dollar Index (DXY) measured against a basket of six major currencies on an average ended the day 0.50 per cent lower to 89.78 after plummeting to a session low of 89.72, its lowest level since the April of 2018, while euro ended Thursday’s market 0.52 per cent higher to $1.2266, its highest level since April 2018 and the American currency remained little changed against its Swiss counterpart to $8844.

During preparation of the report, on early US trading hours, American Dollar Index has been little changed at 89.82, though Bitcoin extended its winning run, gaining 0.91 per cent to $22,958.80 so far on Friday, while Ethereum added 1.60 per cent to $649.20 and Litecoin lit up 7.02 per cent to $108.20.

Meanwhile, adding that a global-scale Dollar-depreciation has been under way, a chief investment officer at Merck Investments in Palo Alto, California, Axel Merk said, “We’ve got a global reflation on the way.

That’s been the theme we’ve had and, if anything, that’s been accelerating”.