The U.S. dollar was lower against most major pairs on Friday. The greenback dropped as investors flocked to safe havens away from the U.S. currency. Trade war concerns and its impact on U.S. companies have triggered a massive sell-off in equities. The U.S. dollar is on the back foot despite strong growth as evidenced by the release of the flash GDP for the third quarter that showed a 3.5 percent gain beating expectations.
A raft of new geopolitical events, like, among other things, the U.S. tax law reform, a NAFTA exodus, and a Brexit reboot in Europe, could be a taxation game-changer for companies doing business overseas. That's especially the case as a new year beckons.
Overall, the global corporate tax landscape has changed dramatically in the aftermath of U.S. tax reform passed and signed into law at the end of 2017, and as its enactment creates ripples across the globe, even in late 2018.
The U.S. dollar is mixed on Friday. Investor’s appetite for risk rose and safe haven currencies (JPY and CHF) fell while positive China and Brexit news saw the NZD, EUR, GBP and AUD advance against the USD. The Canadian dollar was dragged down in the last trading day of the week after softer than expected retail sales and inflation data.
Trading in Bitcoin futures began in Tokyo last night, as the Chicago Board of Options Exchange became the first major exchange to offer the contracts pegged to the cryptocurrency. Similar contracts will start trading in a week on the CME Group as a test whether institutional money will go after Bitcoin.