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A trade agreement aimed at replacing NAFTA was struck between Mexico and the United States on Monday.
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is on her way to Washington to join the talks in the hope of extending the US-Mexico trade agreement to include Canada.
Investors interpreted the deal as a softening of trade tensions that have dominated the market.
Risk appetite was higher at the start of the week as the agreement with Mexico could lead to a softer stance on trade from the Trump administration.
The US dollar is lower against most major pairs on Monday, August 27. The greenback was waiting for U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Powell’s speech at the central bank summit in Jackson Hole on Friday but in the end no new information was provided.
Chair Powell reiterated the data dependency of the central bank and shared his optimism regarding inflation.
The market is already pricing in two US rate hikes in 2018 and the somewhat dovish remarks from Powell did not add support to the US dollar.
The U.S. Federal Reserve has already hiked twice in 2018 and is on the path to lift interest rates two more times before the end of the year.
The minutes from the August Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) puts the September meeting as a solid possibility with a December hike still on the table.