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Does the Value of the US Dollar Matter to the Fed?

Does the Value of the US Dollar Matter to the Fed?

5 Years ago | September 10, 2015 00:00:00

As the long awaited FOMC decision approaches one week from today opinions seem split as to whether the Fed will raise rates or wait until October or December. If the focus was solely on domestic factors the decision would be an easy one. However, there are external influences that go beyond just the domestic economy that cloud the outlook.
 
One of these factors is the value of the US dollar and the question is does it matter? Perhaps I should ask, how much does it matter? While not an overriding factor it is one that appears to be part of the decision making process as indicated in the minutes from the July 28-29 FOMC meeting:

Some participants also discussed the risk that a possible divergence in interest rates i

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