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What Does Janet Yellen's New Appointment Mean For The Dollar And Interest Rates?

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What Does Janet Yellen's New Appointment Mean For The Dollar And Interest Rates?

Dollar bears loved hearing that Joe Biden will appoint Janet Yellen as the next Treasury secretary, making Yellen the first woman to hold the position.

Traders see Yellen as a "dove", meaning she should be very accommodative and a strong proponent of rates staying lower for longer. Also, since she was formerly the Fed Chair and leader for the Council of Economic Advisors, she will create a strong working relationship across the financial industry. Perhaps more than anything, the market fully understands how Yellen communicates and views the economy. Remember, Yellen was Vice Chair under Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, during which they navigated the economy through the 2008 financial crisis.

As Fed Chair, she maintained the Fed's ultra-low rate policy well into 2015 and presided over a period of tremendous job growth. Keep in mind, the head of the Treasury is typically the one negotiating with Congress on behalf of the White House, so it's seen as one of the most critical roles right now.

Let's also not forget we have some serious political uncertainty still in the mix during the next 45-days with the run-off Senate election in Georgia.

With all that in mind, I want to focus on the monthly chart of the American dollar. It has a flagging pattern similar to the one we saw in 2017. Taking into account all the fundamentals, there is a big chance to see another breakdown soon.

 

 

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