Key currencies continued to trade cautiously as markets tried to figure out how the Omicron COVID variant would affect monetary policy.
The Australian dollar was steady at $0.7171, having made gains this week as investors looked towards risk-friendly currencies. Meanwhile, the Euro settled at $1.1331, after moving 0.7% following Wednesday’s trading. Likewise, the Canadian dollar remained steady after the Bank of Canada decided not to hike its interest rates.
Markets have been unsettled while they wait for definitive news about how the new COVID-19 variant will affect trade and travel.
One indication of how currencies can react is the Pound Sterling, which fell to $1.3207 in Wednesday’s trading, a low not seen in a year. This comes after UK leaders imposed tougher COVID-19 restrictions in England.
Market players are also speculating about when central banks will cut back pandemic-era emergency stimulus and raise interest rates. The US Federal Reserve is expected to act first, with analysts anticipating an announcement from the American central bank next week that it will accelerate tapering of its bond-buying program.
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