Currency markets

It made a difference for investors which currency they used for calculating their returns. The fall of the US Dollar Index (an index that compares the value of the US dollar with the currencies of the main trade partners of the US) by 9.9% resulted in a slightly less-favourable performance for investors outside the US. This proves once again that currency movements are difficult to estimate; most analysts expected the policies of the Trump administration and the interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve to result in a stronger US dollar.

Currency rates

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2017
FY

2017
HY1

2016
FY

2016
HY1

2015
FY

 

 

 

 

 

 

USD per EUR, end of period

1.20

1.14

1.05

1.11

1.09

GBP per EUR, end of period

0.89

0.88

0.85

0.83

0.74

JPY per EUR, end of period

135.27

128.15

123.00

114.61

130.69

 

 

 

 

 

 

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