Dollar Falls as Traders Bet Fed to Accelerate Rate Reductions

By Gavin Finch and Kosuke Goto

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March 10 (Bloomberg) — The dollar weakened against the euro and approached an eight-year low versus the yen as traders bet the Federal Reserve will lower interest rates by at least 75 basis points to avert a recession.

The currency traded within a cent of a record low against the euro as futures indicated 96 percent odds the Fed will cut its benchmark rate to 2.25 percent on March 18, 175 basis points more than the Bank of Japan’s and 175 basis points less than the European Central Bank’s. The U.S. currency weakened against a basket of major trading partners to near the lowest since the index began in 1973.

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