Currency markets

The US dollar became stronger in the course of 2016, but did not reach a new record high relative to the euro. The divergence in monetary policies between the Fed and the ECB was the main driver of this currency movement. According to the JPM Index for emerging market currencies, this group of currencies stabilised on the whole. They became weaker versus the US dollar, especially because of concerns over further interest rate hikes by the Fed and Trump’s protectionist statements. Because of the “no” vote in the UK referendum about EU membership and the possibility of a hard Brexit, the sterling fell 16% relative to the euro.

Currency rates

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2014
FY

2015
HY1

2015
FY

2016
HY1

2016
FY

 

 

 

 

 

 

USD per EUR, end of period

1.21

1.11

1.09

1.11

1.05

GBP per EUR, end of period

0.78

0.71

0.74

0.83

0.85

JPY per EUR, end of period

144.90

136.57

130.69

114.61

123.00

 

 

 

 

 

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