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PRICES & SPENDING   •  Mar 2023  •  Volume 12 / Number 6
How currency appreciation can impact prices: the rise of the U.S. dollar

How currency appreciation can impact prices: the rise of the U.S. dollar

This Beyond the Numbers article will discuss how interest rate increases affect the value of the U.S. dollar and the subsequent consequences on import and export prices and consumers. It will also examine certain world currencies, housing market, and commodities.

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