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Talking Points:

- It’s been a big week for the US Dollar[1] and with a loaded calendar next week looks to be the same. USD[2] has gained 3.1% in the past ten days, and this looks to be at least partially-driven by a short-squeeze scenario as rate hike bets get priced further-out in Europe and the UK.

- EUR/USD[3] and GBP/USD[4] have both underwent significant reversals, and are fast approaching support levels of interest. Commodity currencies have been especially friendly to USD-bulls. Next week brings PCE to get a bit of additional inflation data, FOMC[5] is on Wednesday and next week finishes with a bang with the release of April Non-Farm Payroll numbers.

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Dollar Strength Continues to Fresh Three-Month Highs

This has been a big week for the US Dollar[10]. After spending most of the past year trending-lower, including a strong bearish drive that continued through January, there weren’t many positive theses for USD-strength. The fact that the down-trend wiped out as much as 15% of the Greenback’s value while the Federal Reserve was one of the only major Central Banks raising rates just

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currensceneFLOGO WHTsquareThough not the oldest form of currency, some form of shell money appears to have been found on almost every continent. The shell most widely used worldwide as currency was the shell of Cypraea moneta, the money cowry.

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