Quick Thoughts: Why The U.S. Dollar Matters

Sep. 29, 2022 12:11 AM ETUUP, USDU, UDN


  • The US dollar has now been strengthening for 11 years now, making this the longest US dollar strengthening cycle in history.
  • Long-term trends in exchange rates typically reflect persistent differences in economic growth rates and returns on capital.
  • A strong US dollar tends to impart a global tightening bias to monetary policy.
  • For investors, in other words, the first important implication about US dollar strength is not that it redistributes growth from the United States to the rest of the world, but rather that it leads to tighter monetary conditions worldwide.

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By Stephen H. Dover, Chief Market Strategist and Head of Franklin Templeton Institute

Originally published in Stephen Dover’s LinkedIn Newsletter Global Market Perspectives.

The US dollar has now been strengthening for 11 years now, making this the longest US

Chart - Exhibit 1: In inflation-adjusted ((real)) terms, the US dollar now stands nearly 30% above its 2010 levels.

Chart - Exhibit 2: US Equity Market Outperformed Other Major Markets

Chart - Exhibit 3: US current account deficit has begun to deteriorate again since 2019

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