By Vatsal Srivastava
(Reuters) - The U.S. dollar, usually seen as a safe haven in turbulent times, surprised some currency strategists on Thursday by losing ground after spooked investors drove U.S. stocks to their worst fall in nearly eight months.
The VIX (VIX), Wall Street's "fear index" measuring the stock market's expectation of volatility, rose by 44 percent to 22.96 on Thursday, its highest level since April.
"In an environment where people are concerned about rising volatility, the dollar tends to do well - especially versus higher-risk currencies such as the Aussie and Canadian dollar," said Stuart Ritson, head of Asian rates & foreign exchange at Aviva (LON:AV) Investors.
"There seems to be a disconnect and there is no obvious explanation for why the dollar did not fare better on a risk-off day," said Ray Attrill, head of foreign exchange strategy at NAB.
" The yen continues to show its colors as the markets favorite risk haven proxy," added Attrill.
The safe-haven yen
"There was a clear bid for current-account surplus countries with both the JPY and EUR finding support," ANZ said in a note.
the U.S. Federal Reserve's apparent determination to raise interest rates over the next 12 months has driven up U.S. Treasury yields, which have been further bolstered by strong economic data.
"We expect rising inflation to keep the Fed hiking interest rates at its current once-a-quarter pace until the middle of 2019," Capital Economics said in a note.
Expectations of hawkish rate rises may have been at work on Wednesday when sellers sent the Nasdaq (NDX) to close at 7044.49, its lowest level since early July.
Benchmark 10-year yields (US10YT=RR) cooled off from a seven-year high of 3.261 percent hit on Tuesday to 3.1516 percent.
The euro (EUR=) rose 0.35 percent to 1.1566 on Thursday after hitting a low of 1.1477 in the previous session.
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday the parties had agreed on much of the withdrawal agreement ahead of a summit of the bloc's 28 national leaders next week.
But the euro's gains are likely to be limited with markets worried about the sustainability of Italy's public finances, despite Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria stating that the government would do everything in its power to regain the confidence of financial markets.
The pound has gained more than 2 percent versus the dollar over the last five trading sessions.
The Canadian Dollar
The Australian dollar
The New Zealand's dollar
(Graphic: World FX rates in 2018 http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh)
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