POST TIME: 23 November, 2021 03:39:34 PM
Dollar passes 115 yen for first time since 2017
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Dollar passes 115 yen for first time since 2017

The US dollar rose above 115 yen for the first time in more than four years on Tuesday as Jerome Powell was nominated to serve a second term as Federal Reserve boss, fuelling expectations he will look to tighten monetary policy faster.

In early trade, the dollar hit 115.10 yen, its highest level since March 2017.

The decision by Joe Biden to stick with Powell led to bets the bank will taper its massive bond-buying programme faster than previously flagged, while some analysts tipped it to hike interest rates as much as three times before the end of next year. However, the prospect of tighter monetary policy hit US markets, with all three main indexes falling from their intra-day highs. The Dow ended slightly higher but the S&P 500 and Nasdaq lost more than one percent.

Still, some observers said the move could be positive for investors.

"Powell's renomination removes a potential negative from the markets and provides the certainty that investors crave," said George Ball, of financial
services firm Sanders Morris Harris.

"Powell is sound, tested, respected and familiar to markets."