August 31, 2023

Market Analysis August 2023: FX Market Reacts to Central Bank Actions

The FX market is reacting to central bank actions, with the US dollar strengthening against most major currencies.
Written by
Alec Whitten
Published on
August 31, 2023

In-Depth Analysis of Currency Changes and What They Mean This Month

The foreign exchange (FX) market has been particularly active in August, as investors reacted to a number of central bank actions around the world. The most significant event was the US Federal Reserve's 0.75% interest rate hike, which was the largest single rate increase in nearly three decades. This move was seen as a sign that the Fed is serious about combatting inflation, and it led to a strengthening of the US dollar against most major currencies.

The European Central Bank (ECB) also took action in August, raising interest rates by 0.5%. This was the fourth consecutive rate hike for the ECB, and it reflected the bank's concerns about rising inflation in the eurozone. The ECB's move also helped to support the euro, which had been under pressure in recent months.

In addition to central bank actions, investors were also watching for signs of a slowdown in the global economy. The war in Ukraine continued to disrupt supply chains and put upward pressure on energy prices, which raised concerns about a potential recession. However, strong economic data from the United States helped to ease these concerns, and the US dollar remained strong throughout the month.

Looking ahead, the FX market is likely to remain volatile in the near term. Investors will be closely watching for further central bank actions, as well as for any signs of a slowdown in the global economy.

Impact on Individuals and Businesses

The FX market volatility in August had a significant impact on individuals and businesses around the world.


  • Travelers: Travelers from the United States found that their money went further when they traveled to Europe and Japan in August. This is because the value of the dollar had increased relative to the euro and the yen.
  • Expats: Expats who received their income in US dollars found that their money was worth more when they converted it to their local currency in August. This benefited expats living in countries with a low cost of living.
  • Investors: Investors who held US dollar-denominated assets saw the value of their investments increase in August. This was a positive outcome for retirees and other investors relying on their investments for retirement income.


  • Exporters: Exporters from the United States found it more profitable to export their goods to Europe and Japan in August. The stronger dollar made US goods more competitive in these markets.
  • Importers: Importers who imported goods from Europe and Japan found it less expensive to import their goods in August. The stronger dollar made US goods less expensive in their local markets.
  • Multinational corporations: Multinational corporations with operations in multiple countries saw their profits boosted by the stronger US dollar in August. Profits from foreign operations were worth more when converted back into US dollars.

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