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This Is The Dollar's Worst Year Since The Plaza Accord

• http://www.zerohedge.com,by Tyler Durden

That last year was a less dramatic move, but from May 2nd lows to the 15+ year peak on January 7th, the buck was up almost 9.3% or 14.5% at an annual pace.

Unfortunately for greenback bulls, things have gone wildly off-script since.

As shown below, for the broad trade weight dollar, this was the worst year on record through last Friday (latest data available) and the route has gotten worse this week with the Bloomberg USD Index (a decent proxy for the USD broad trade-weighted index) down a whopping 1.5% this week, its worst since the five days ending May 19th.

Given that US economic data has actually held up quite well and there have been no radical policy shifts from the FOMC, that's a pretty staggering move.

On a narrow major currency basis, the USD is just as weak. As shown below, this was the worst YTD through September 1st since 1986 (the year following the Plaza Accord agreement to devalue the USD) and the second-worst ever after this week's decline, besting the 10% devaluation of the dollar engineered in 1973.

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