NEW YORK (BBH FX Strategy) -- The U.S. dollar is trading broadly higher in response to the less dovish Fed. The yen is the exception.The rise in U.S. Treasury yields has led to a shakeout of positioning, with stocks declining. The FOMC minutes underscored that further policy easing would require a loss of economic momentum or a sharp drop in inflation. It appears to be a less dovish message than that delivered by Bernanke in last week's speech. On the growth outlook, the committee's views were more upbeat, as the Fed staff upgraded its near-term forecasts "a little." Yet most members did not interpret the recent developments as a catalyst to upgrade their 2013-to-2014 outlook. Furthermore, the FOMC staff trimmed its estimate of the level of the potential output gap. This suggests that the FOMC estimates a lower level of "slack" in the economy. However, the minutes showed that significant downside risks to economic activity persist even though the strains in the financial markets have eased since January.
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