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Dollar to Fall in 2011 as Fed Keeps Rates Close to Zero- JPMorgan

The dollar will decline this year as the Federal Reserve keeps the interest rates near to zero and the fiscal deficit stays close to record despite the extension of Bush-era tax cuts, the JPMorgan Chase & Co said.

John Normand, the head of currency strategy at JPMorgan London, said that dollar will drop about 12 percent to $1.48 per euro and 7 percent to 78 yen by the end of year 2011. The bank predicts that Canadian dollar will be the best performer among the major currencies this year if oil averages above $100 per barrel.

In addition, Normand said that U.S currency will be utilized to fund the so-called carry trades, which will then be used to buy higher-yielding currencies.

The growth of U.S economy is not enough to support the dollar since it is highly improbable that the Fed will increase interest rates over the next  12 months. Normand said in an interview that few people will purchase the dollar as an investment, but they will use it as a funding currency.

The currency increased 7 percent versus the euro last year. However, it dropped 13 percent against the yen, which is thought as the biggest turn down against a major currency, when record-low interest rates in the U.S reduced the appeal of American assets.

Normand said the Federal Reserve is not likely to increase the interest rates this year for the reason that inflation pressures still remain submissive. The currency might also suffer from increasing current account deficit.

However, the JPMorgan forecast tells that the U.S economy might increase, from 2.9 percent growth in 2010 to 3.3 percent this year. Consumer prices will also rise 1.2 percent from the average 2.5 percent in the past ten years.

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