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The euro fell to the lowest in almost eight weeks against the dollar amid speculation Greece will struggle to win bailout funds, risking the nation’s future in the European currency bloc.
The euro declined versus all its 16 major counterparts after Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pledged yesterday that proposed wage and pension cuts will be the last as he struggled to win political support for measure to assure the country’s lifeline.
Greek society won’t tolerate any more austerity measures, Samaras told lawmakers of his New Democracy Party in Athens, as coalition leader debate the terms of the latest package. The first parliamentary vote on measures needed to obtain additional aid is scheduled to take place as early as Nov. 7.
The Dollar Index rose for a third day before tomorrow’s U.S. presidential election. The U.S. currency rose against 13 of its 16 major peers on speculation the winner of this week’s presidential election will press ahead with plans to curtail the nation’s deficit.
Employment and the economy are central themes before tomorrow’s vote, with President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney each trying to convince voters he can best energize the economic expansion.
The pound declined for a second day versus the dollar after an industry report showed U.K. services growth slowed more in October than economists forecast.
Sterling fell before the Bank of England holds a two-day meeting this week to decide whether to increase monetary stimulus through so-called quantitative easing.
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