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28 Feb 2022

Dollar Surges as Mounting Sanctions increase Demand for Safe Havens

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The U. S. dollar climbed on Monday during early European trade even as the ruble plunged to a record low due to mounting sanctions from the West on Russia as it continues its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The Dollar Index rose 0.5% to 97.115 at 3:05am ET (0805 GMT). The ruble fell to a record low on Monday following Western sanctions in response to Russian attacks on Ukraine. The USD/RUB climbed over 11% to 92.7400 at 2:55am ET, hitting an all-time high.

Analysts at Credit Suisse contended, “[Russia’s] exclusion from SWIFT will lead to missed payments and giant overdrafts similar to the missed payments and giant overdrafts that we saw in March 2020.”

The EUR/USD pair dropped by 0.7% to 1.1187 as Europe remained hard-hit amid Ukraine-Russia tensions which has prompted surges in European energy prices. The USD/JPY and USD/CNY pairs dipped 0.1% each to 115.52 and 6.3109 respectively. The AUD/USD pair inched down to 0.7202 by 0.4% while the GBP/USD pair fell 0.2% to 1.3380.

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