Dollar towering, stocks cowering as Fed flags more hikes

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Reuters UK

By Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) – The dollar surged to a fresh two-decade high and Asian stocks hit a two-year low on Thursday after the Federal Reserve sharply hiked U.S. interest rates and projected raising them further and faster than investors had expected in order to tame inflation. The median of Fed officials’ outlook, which has U.S. rates at 4.4% by year’s end and staying high in 2023, seemed to spook even hawkishly positioned rates and currency markets and quickly extinguished relief that Wednesday’s hike had not been larger. The dollar index, a measure of the greenback against a bas…

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