Why the dollar is strong and why that is a problem

Every fresh lurch upwards prompts some big questions

HERE are a few familiar descriptions of the dollar: "the cleanest shirt in the laundry basket", "the least-ugly mug in a beauty contest", "the one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind". Nobody, it seems, loves the dollar; they just really dislike the alternatives. And that aversion is only growing. The DXY, an index of the dollar against half a dozen major currencies, is at a 20-year high. Among the dirtiest of the dirty linen are sterling, the euro and the yen.

Every fresh lurch upwards prompts some big questions. First, what is driving it? Much of the recent rise reflects differences in monetary policy. At the turn of the year, the Federal Reserve became more determined to tackle inflation....


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