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Has the rally in the dollar run out of steam?

The US Dollar has been on a roll. Over the past year the trade weighted dollar has risen 25 percent. The strong dollar has depressed exports, retail sales, industrial production, corporate earnings, and a host of other factors. The combination of tighter money here and aggressive QE in Europe and Japan have raised the dollar’s value significantly, after three years of little change.

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But lately a bit of the bloom has come off the rose. Interest rates have risen slightly in Europe and the growth of our economy stalled in the first quarter. Japan’s economy hasn’t taken off, but it isn’t falling into a recession, either. Many investors who expected a one-way trade of dollar-strength and euro-weakness have been caught leaning the wrong way. Over the last month the greenback has pulled back 10%.

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Mr. Tengdin is the Senior Editor for Money Basics. A prolific blogger, Doug is the author of the popular daily market commentary blog “The Global Market Update”. The audio version of each post can be heard on radio stations throughout New England every weekday. Mr. Tengdin graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity Divinity School, Magna Cum Laude and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1992. Mr. Tengdin has been managing investment portfolios for over 26 years, working for Bank of Boston, State Street Global Advisors, Citibank – Tunisia, and Banknorth Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Tengdin has emphasized helping clients manage their financial risks in difficult environments where they can profit from investing in diverse assets in diverse settings.Mr. Tengdin is the Chief Investment Officer at Charter Trust Company. Leave a comment if you have any questions—I read them all! Follow me on Twitter @GlobalMarketUpd •

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