Foreign exchange rates in light of Mnuchin, Powell testimony before the US Senate …

As of  11:23 am AST, 1 December 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .77051 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.29766 CAD

CAD/USD=0.77051   USD/CAD=1.29766

CNH/USD= 0.15204   USD/CNH=6.57584

EUR/USD= 1.19642   USD/EUR=0.83573

DKK/USD =0.16075   USD/DKK=6.21944

NGN/USD= 0.00261    USD/NGN=378.336

JPY/USD=0.00960    USD/JPY=104.12

INR/USD=0.01351       USD/INR=73.8918

JMD/USD=0.00675     USD/JMD=145.028

GYD/USD=0.00469       USD/GYD= 205.043

GHS/USD=0.17028    USD/GHS= 5.82869

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00900       USD/KES= 109.047

BTC/USD= 16,987.20    USD/BTC= 0.00006

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal events impacting currencies

Today, Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, are testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.  Questions are expected to seek clarification as to Secretary Mnuchin’s request that remaining funds from the CARES Act be sent back to the Congress’ general fund.  Chairman Powell will reiterate the need for fiscal policy in the face of increasing COVID-19 infections and an economy that is still on the rebound.  

Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

As of 9:51 am AST 30 November 2020, Foreign exchange rates between U.S., select countries in East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia, and BitCoin

As of 9:51 am AST, 30 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76954 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.29852 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76954   USD/CAD=1.29852

CNH/USD= 0.15205   USD/CNH=6.57348

EUR/USD= 1.19622   USD/EUR=0.83576

DKK/USD =0.16071   USD/DKK=6.21851

NGN/USD= 0.00260    USD/NGN=377.445

JPY/USD=0.00960    USD/JPY=104.06

INR/USD=0.01351       USD/INR=73.7640

JMD/USD=0.00675    USD/JMD=145.165

GYD/USD=0.00468       USD/GYD= 205.117

GHS/USD=0.17037     USD/GHS= 5.82050

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00898       USD/KES= 108.719

BBD/USD = 0.50000     USD/BBD = 2.0000

TTD/USD = .14475         USD/TTD= 6.65695

BTC/USD= 16987.20     USD/BTC= 0.00006

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal event impacting foreign exchange

On 27 November 2020, President Donald J. Trump nominated Brian P. Brooks as Comptroller of the Currency for a term of five years.  As Comptroller, Mr Brooks would be responsible for administering the United States’ national banking system as well as the branches of foreign banks doing business in the United States.  Mr Brooks is currently serving as acting Comptroller.  His nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Source: Executive Office of the President

As of 12:53 pm AST 25 November 2020, Foreign exchange rates between U.S., select countries in East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia, and Bitcoin

As of  12:53 pm AST, 25 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76700 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.30361 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76700   USD/CAD=1.30361

CNH/USD= 0.15198   USD/CNH=6.57876

EUR/USD= 1.18665   USD/EUR=0.84261

DKK/USD =0.15941   USD/DKK=6.27148

NGN/USD= 0.00261    USD/NGN=379.186

JPY/USD=0.00957    USD/JPY=104.49

INR/USD=0.01350       USD/INR=73.9408

JMD/USD=0.00671     USD/JMD=145.984

GYD/USD=0.00468       USD/GYD= 205.237

GHS/USD=0.17068     USD/GHS= 5.82307

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00903       USD/KES= 108.669

BTC/USD= 18,846.90     USD/BTC= 0.00005

Source: OANDA

Major legal/political event:

First-time unemployment claims increase

The number of first time unemployment claimants is still high. This morning the U.S. Department of Labor reported that 778,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the week of November 21st, an increase of some 30,000 claimants from last week. Since the peak of 5,790,250 in April 2020, the moving average of total insured claimants has been trending toward the moving average level pre-Covid-19 but is still more than three times its March 14, 2020 pre-Covid-19 moving average level of approximately 232,500. The labor market still has a way to go before getting back to that point.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

As of 10:25 am AST 24 November 2020, Foreign exchange rates between U.S., select countries in East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia, and BitCoin

As of  10:25 am AST, 24 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76486 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.30725 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76486   USD/CAD=1.30725

CNH/USD= 0.15227   USD/CNH=6.56585

EUR/USD= 1.18633   USD/EUR=0.84284

DKK/USD =0.15930   USD/DKK=6.27554

NGN/USD= 0.00261    USD/NGN=378.884

JPY/USD=0.00961    USD/JPY=104.01

INR/USD=0.01348       USD/INR=74.0457

JMD/USD=0.00672     USD/JMD=145.825

GYD/USD=0.00469       USD/GYD= 204.934

GHS/USD=0.17100     USD/GHS= 5.81368

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00905       USD/KES= 108.605

BTC/USD= 18,431.20     USD/BTC= 0.00005

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal event in the United States

Biden to nominate Janet Yellen for Treasury secretary

Axios reports that presumptive U.S. president-elect, Joseph R. Biden, will announce later today his choice of Janet Yellen as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.  Ms Yellen, 74, served as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2014 to 2018.

Source: Axios

As of 9:50 am AST 23 November 2020, Foreign exchange rates between U.S., select countries in East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia, and BitCoin

As of 9:50 am AST, 23 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76362 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.30914 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76362   USD/CAD=1.30914

CNH/USD= 0.15258   USD/CNH=6.55057

EUR/USD= 1.18551   USD/EUR=0.84331

DKK/USD =0.15913   USD/DKK=6.27877

NGN/USD= 0.00260    USD/NGN=378.095

JPY/USD=0.00962     USD/JPY=103.81

INR/USD=0.01348       USD/INR=73.9600

JMD/USD=0.00673     USD/JMD=145.650

GYD/USD=0.00469       USD/GYD= 204.889

GHS/USD=0.17074     USD/GHS= 5.80300

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00905       USD/KES= 108.539

BTC/USD= 18,581.00     USD/BTC= 0.00005

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal event in the United States

On 22 November, the press secretary for the President of the United States issued the following statement at the G20 Leaders Summit:

“President Donald J. Trump participated in the second day of the virtual G20 Leaders Summit on November 22, 2020.  President Trump discussed the economic model he has enacted through cutting taxes and regulations, promoting abundant and affordable energy, and negotiating trade agreements grounded in the principles of fairness and reciprocity.  President Trump expressed the importance of policies that promote workers and families.  He also discussed the historic achievements made in the United States and around the world in empowering and investing in women, and called on all countries to do more.  President Trump thanked Saudi Arabia for its leadership during its G20 presidency and looked forward to working with Italy as incoming G20 president.  He also encouraged the G20 to continue to work together to achieve security, prosperity, and peace for all nations.”

Source: Executive Office of the President of the United States

Alleged rift between US Treasury and Federal Reserve a big to do about nothing; 10:04 am AST 20 November 2020, Foreign exchange rates between U.S. and select countries in East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia

As of 10:04 am AST, 20 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76397 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.30877 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76397   USD/CAD=1.30877

CNH/USD= 0.15209   USD/CNH=6.57371

EUR/USD= 1.18456   USD/EUR=0.84410

DKK/USD =0.15895    USD/DKK=6.28955

NGN/USD= 0.00261    USD/NGN=379.656

JPY/USD=0.00963     USD/JPY=103.87

INR/USD=0.01348       USD/INR=74.0790

JMD/USD=0.00673     USD/JMD=145.651

GYD/USD=0.00469       USD/GYD= 204.998

GHS/USD=0.17080     USD/GHS= 5.81113

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00906       USD/KES= 108.394

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal event in the United States

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the following:

Today U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin sent a letter to Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Jerome Powell requesting a 90-day extension of the Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF), the Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF), the Money Market Liquidity Facility (MMLF) and the Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility (PPPLF). 

“With respect to the facilities that used CARES Act funding (PMCCF, SMCCF, MLF, MSLP, and TALF), I was personally involved in drafting the relevant part of the legislation and believe the Congressional intent as outlined in Section 4029 was to have the authority to originate new loans or purchase new assets (either directly or indirectly) expire on December 31, 2020. As such, I am requesting that the Federal Reserve return the unused funds to the Treasury. This will allow Congress to re-appropriate $455 billion, consisting of $429 billion in excess Treasury funds for the Federal Reserve facilities and $26 billion in unused Treasury direct loan funds,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

“In the unlikely event that it becomes necessary in the future to reestablish any of these facilities, the Federal Reserve can request approval from the Secretary of the Treasury and, upon approval, the facilities can be funded with Core ESF funds, to the extent permitted by law, or additional funds appropriated by Congress. I am deeply honored to have worked on executing these programs and hope that because of our collective actions, Congress will show similar trust in Federal Reserve Chairs and Treasury Secretaries in the future.”

Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury

10:34 am AST 19 November 2020, Foreign exchange rates between U.S. and select countries in East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia

As of 10:34 am AST, 19 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76449 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.30788 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76449   USD/CAD=1.30788

CNH/USD= 0.15260   USD/CNH=6.55179

EUR/USD= 1.18658   USD/EUR=0.84266

DKK/USD =0.15926    USD/DKK=6.27767

NGN/USD= 0.00261    USD/NGN=380.196

JPY/USD=0.00962     USD/JPY=103.91

INR/USD=0.01347       USD/INR=74.1356

JMD/USD=0.00672     USD/JMD=145.831

GYD/USD=0.00469       USD/GYD= 204.981

GHS/USD=0.17095     USD/GHS= 5.80919

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00906       USD/KES= 108.367

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal event in the United States

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the following:

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance today clarifying the tax treatment of expenses where a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan has not been forgiven by the end of the year the loan was received. 

Since businesses are not taxed on the proceeds of a forgiven PPP loan, the expenses are not deductible. This results in neither a tax benefit nor tax harm since the taxpayer has not paid anything out of pocket.

If a business reasonably believes that a PPP loan will be forgiven in the future, expenses related to the loan are not deductible, whether the business has filed for forgiveness or not.  Therefore, we encourage businesses to file for forgiveness as soon as possible.

In the case where a PPP loan was expected to be forgiven, and it is not, businesses will be able to deduct those expenses. 

“Today’s guidance provides taxpayers with greater clarity and flexibility,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “These provisions ensure that all small businesses receiving PPP loans are treated fairly, and we continue to encourage borrowers to file for loan forgiveness as quickly as possible.”

Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury

Dollar continues decline; Twitter and Facebook CEOs testify before US Senate today …

As of  8:22 am AST, 17 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76351 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.30956 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76351   USD/CAD=1.30956

CNH/USD= 0.15204   USD/CNH=6.57601

EUR/USD= 1.18446   USD/EUR=0.84417

DKK/USD =0.15903     USD/DKK=6.28648

NGN/USD= 0.00261    USD/NGN=379.042

JPY/USD=0.00956      USD/JPY=104.59

INR/USD=0.01343       USD/INR=74.3520

JMD/USD=0.00672     USD/JMD=145.669

GYD/USD=0.00469       USD/GYD= 204.735

GHS/USD=0.17092     USD/GHS= 5.81221

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00909       USD/KES= 108.384

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal event in the United States

President Trump nominates Joseph Barloon to the US Court of International Trade

Yesterday, President Donald Trump sent the name Joseph L. Barloon to the United States Senate as a nominee for a seat on the United States Court of International Trade.  Mr Barloon currently serves as general counsel to the United States Trade Representative and serves as the acting deputy USTR for China Affairs.

Source: Executive Office of the President

Facebook, Twitter CEOS to testify before Senate sub-committee

Today, Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  The leaders and founders of the two social media giants will be asked questions about censorship during the 2020 general election.

Source: United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary

11:02 pm 15 November 2020, Foreign exchange rates between U.S. and select countries in East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia

As of 11:02 pm EST, 15 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76105 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.31301 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76105   USD/CAD=1.31301

CNH/USD= 0.15159   USD/CNH=6.59332

EUR/USD= 1.18326   USD/EUR=0.84472

DKK/USD =0.15884     USD/DKK=6.29161

NGN/USD= 0.00261    USD/NGN=377.495

JPY/USD=0.00955      USD/JPY=104.59

INR/USD=0.01340       USD/INR=74.3780

JMD/USD=0.00672     USD/JMD=145.859

GYD/USD=0.00469       USD/GYD= 204.822

GHS/USD=0.17046     USD/GHS= 5.81740

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00909       USD/KES= 108.341

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal event in the United States

Reuters reporting that President Donald J. Trump has yet to concede the presidential election to presumptive president-elect Joseph R. Biden.  Over the weekend President Trump appeared to conceded the election to the former vice-president but has since backtracked vowing to continue on with a number of state court challenges to the election.

Source: Reuters

10:37 am 13 November 2020, Foreign exchange rates between U.S. and select countries in East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia

As of 10:37 am EST, 13 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76327 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.30996 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76327   USD/CAD=1.30996

CNH/USD= 0.15112   USD/CNH=6.61616

EUR/USD= 1.17938   USD/EUR=0.84780

DKK/USD =0.15838     USD/DKK=6.31214

NGN/USD= 0.00262    USD/NGN=380.053

JPY/USD=0.00950      USD/JPY=105.23

INR/USD=0.01340       USD/INR=74.4783

JMD/USD=0.00671     USD/JMD=145.880

GYD/USD=0.00469       USD/GYD= 204.829

GHS/USD=0.17098     USD/GHS= 5.81812

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00909       USD/KES= 108.088

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal event in the United States

Yesterday in attempt to address attacks on American national security, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order prohibiting transactions in publicly traded securities of Chinese military companies.  President Trump argues that capital raised via transactions in the securities of these companies is eventually channeled into financing improvements in Chinese military intelligence gathering.

Source:  Executive Office of the President