US Commerce Ross Not Worried About Short Term Weakness of USD

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross took issue Wednesday with media characterizations that the U.S. is departing from its historically strong dollar policy.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s remarks at a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland should not be interpreted as a call for a weaker U.S. currency, Ross told CNBC.

Earlier Wednesday, Mnuchin said, “Obviously, a weaker dollar is good for us as it relates to trade and opportunities,” but he added that the short-term value is “not a concern of ours at all” and “longer term, the strength of the dollar is a reflection of the strength of the U.S. economy.”



The Trump administration has made stronger economic growth a top priority.

Ross said in a “Squawk Box” interview from Davos that Mnuchin “was not advocating anything” in terms of the dollar. “I think what he exactly said is the dollar, just like the Treasury bond market, is a huge market, a very liquid market. It’s not something we worry a lot about day by day,” Ross argued.

After Mnuchin spoke, the dollar index against a basket of major currencies hit its lowest level since December 2014.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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