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Today the dollar significantly weakened against a basket of rival currencies on concerns about a lack of agreement on raising the U.S. debt ceiling. The dollar fell as US President Barack Obama said the U.S. may experience a “deep economic crisis” if leaders fail to reach a compromise on spending cuts and the nation defaults.
If the debt ceiling isn’t raised from the current $14.3 trillion by August 2, the country would face technical default.
The Swiss franc reached a new record high versus the dollar on demand for safety.
The loonie moved against the dollar to highest level over the last three years.
The pound continue its growth after the U.K. economy expanded for a second quarter.
The British economy expanded by 0.2% in the second quarter, down from 0.5% in the first three months of the year, the Office for National Statistics said today. GDP would have grown by 0.7% without special factors such as Japan’s earthquake, an extra holiday for the royal wedding, and unusually warm weather in April, the statistics office said.
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