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The US Dollar is at its highest level since February 2016. The higher investor expectations are for a rate hike, the more it strengthens.

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After touching its highest level in July 2016, close to 1380 dollars per ounce, Gold began to weaken and on Tuesday experienced its strongest decline in 3 years - a drop of nearly 3%.

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As expected and for the sixth consecutive meeting, the FED has not raised its rates, preferring to wait for more signs of progress.

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In August, the BoE said it was prepared to provide more monetary stimulus if necessary. Yet, the Bank decided not to change anything in its monetary policy.

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The FED releases its Beige Book eight times a year. Its purpose is to gather information on the economic conditions in each of the twelve areas (or “districts”) of the United States.

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August's employment figures (NFP Report) should be examined closely, as according to Janet Yellen, a higher rate in September can still be expected.

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The US dollar rallied briefly after the Federal Reserve confirmed that it is on track to lift interest rates in the later part of the year.

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The dollar was relatively flat after the publication as it provided few surprises. The committee saw the economy as being robust enough to withstand a rate (possibly in in September) while concerns over Greece were raised as expected.