Dollar drops notably in response to Fed chair Jerome Powell’s prepared speech for the semi annual Congressional testimony. Most importantly, Powell said since June meeting, “based on incoming data and other developments, it appears that uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook. Inflation pressures remain muted.”
Powell, also reiterated Fed’s stance that “in light of increased uncertainties about the economic outlook and muted inflation pressures, we would closely monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook and would act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.”
However, just based on the prepared remarks, there is no clear nod to a July rate cut. Thus, selloff in Dollar is relatively limited so far. Powell will need to be really straightforward in the Q&A of the testimony.