FOREX-Dollar goyah setelah Fed menahan spekulasi kenaikan suku bunga


    * Dollar index sheds 0.5% after FOMC
    * Fed sees faster economic recovery but no rate hike through
2023
    * Bond yields hover near 13-month high
    * Yen rises on report BOJ to widen long-term rate target
band
    * Graphic: World FX rates tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E

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    By Hideyuki Sano and Sagarika Jaisinghani
    TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar was on the
defensive on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signalled it was
in no hurry to raise interest rates through all of 2023 even as
it saw a swift recovery in the world's largest economy.
    The dollar's index against six major currencies stood at
91.488. It had hit a two-week low of 91.340 after remarks
from Fed Chair Jerome Powell dampened speculation the stronger
economic outlook could propel the central bank to wind back its
stimulus.
    The euro eased to $1.19655, but was hovering close to
its one-week high of $1.19900 after rallying 0.6% on Wednesday.
    "What the Fed said is a very market-friendly outcome. It's
negative for the dollar, good for inflation expectations," said
Chris Weston, the head of research at Pepperstone Markets Ltd, a
foreign exchange broker based in Melbourne.
    "Ultimately, the market was kind of positioned for something
a little bit more hawkish, and maybe the fact that those rate
hikes are pushed out to 2023 has been enough to cause some
decent dollar selling."
    The U.S. central bank now sees the economy growing 6.5% this
year, which would be the largest annual jump in gross domestic
product since 1984. Inflation is now expected to exceed the
Fed's 2% target to 2.4% this year, although officials think it
will move back to around 2% in subsequent years.
    The 10-year U.S. Treasuries yield edged back up to about
1.6710% and was nearing a more-than-one-year high.
    Against the yen, the dollar slipped 0.2% to as low as
108.620 yen after a Nikkei report said the Bank of Japan
(BOJ) is expected to slightly widen an implicit band at which it
allows long-term interest rates to move around its 0% target.

    A recent Reuters poll showed two thirds of Japanese firms
had expected the BOJ to curb rises in long-term interest rates
and keep them steady ahead of the central bank's review this
week on how it will make its stimulus policy more sustainable.

    The British pound traded at $1.3946, having gained
about 0.5% overnight.
    The Bank of England is expected to keep its benchmark Bank
Rate at a historic low of 0.1% and its bond-buying programme
unchanged at 895 billion pounds later in the day. 
    "Similar to what we've seen from the Fed, the Bank of
England will talk up their prospects of the economy relative to
where we've been, but at the same time emphasize that we're
still a long way from full recovery," said Rodrigo Catril,
senior currency strategist at National Australia Bank in Sydney.
    "We expect the BoE to gently warn against the shift in
market pricing from a rate cut to around 50bps of hikes over the
next three years." 
    The Australian dollar rose to a two-week high of $0.78350
, whereas its New Zealand counterpart briefly lost
momentum after the country posted a surprise contraction in GDP
in the final three months of last year.
    The kiwi dollar last traded at $0.7241.
    Bitcoin held firm at $58,954.64, having bounced
from Tuesday's one-week low of $53,221.
    
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    Currency bid prices at 0415 GMT
 Description       RIC        Last              U.S. Close                        Pct Change             YTD Pct                   High Bid                 Low Bid
                                                 Previous                                                 Change                                            
                                                 Session Euro/Dollar                  $1.1957           $1.1980                           -0.19%                 -2.14%                    +1.1988                  +1.1956
 Dollar/Yen                   108.9700          108.8150                          +0.14%                 +5.50%                    +109.1200                +108.6600
 Euro/Yen                     130.28            130.36                            -0.06%                 +2.65%                    +130.6600                +130.0700
 Dollar/Swiss                 0.9239            0.9221                            +0.13%                 +4.36%                    +0.9242                  +0.9222
 Sterling/Dollar              1.3938            1.3970                            -0.25%                 +2.00%                    +1.3977                  +1.3934
 Dollar/Canadian              1.2406            1.2402                            +0.04%                 -2.57%                    +1.2407                  +1.2379
 Aussie/Dollar                0.7821            0.7795                            +0.35%                 +1.68%                    +0.7835                  +0.7794
 NZ Dollar/Dollar             0.7238            0.7240                            +0.03%                 +0.85%                    +0.7258                  +0.7230 All spots
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 (Reporting by Hideyuki Sano in Tokyo and Sagarika Jaisinghani
in Bengaluru
Additional reporting by Kevin Buckland in Tokyo
Editing by Shri Navaratnam)
  

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