The U.S dollar dropped on Monday at London’s trading session, amid mounting fears of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
China saw a rise in new cases linked to its popular Beijing’s Xinfadi market over the weekend, reporting 57 cases on June 13.
The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a basket of major currencies dropped 0.30% to 97.040 by 5.30 am local time.
Why tracking the dollar index helps: Individuals, businesses and currency traders assessing the U.S dollar in relation to other major currencies can gauge its relative value, and calculate the number of dollars needed to process their payment obligations.
Such currencies tracked by the U.S dollar index include the euro, British pounds sterling, as well as the Japanese yen.
READ MORE: Pigs hit hard at BTC market, plunges 8%
Consequently, U.S. Federal Reserve leader, Jerome Powell, is largely expected to buttress the not so promising economic growth in the U.S in his semi-annual policy report to the American Congress later this week.
The U.S. Federal Reserve is however not expected to announce any major happenings.
“There’s talk that hedge funds and other short-term speculators came into the market early to sell the Australian dollar because of the new infections in Beijing…hopefully, this will not be a big outbreak, and this downward move will not last long,” Yukio Ishizuki, foreign exchange strategist at Daiwa Securities, told Reuters.