Mnuchin’s move reallocates about $ 455 billion directed to the Treasury to other means of spending, but some investors are concerned about ending programs they believe are playing a vital role in reassuring markets.
And US 10-year Treasury yields fell to their lowest levels since Nov. 9.
The Reserve Board also said it “would prefer that the full package of emergency facilities created during the pandemic continue to play its important role as a buffer” in a rare open confrontation with the government.
The announcement dampened optimism stemming from reports that senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties have agreed to resume talks on another stimulus package linked to the Coronavirus.
The dollar index recorded 92.335 before the opening of the European markets, to settle during the day after it fell during the night and then rose again with the opening of European markets.
Analysts attributed the atmosphere of caution to the high cases of Coronavirus.
But the dollar is down about 0.5% for the week, as sentiment in the currency market is supported by US President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and progress towards developing a vaccine for Covid-19.
The Australian dollar, a measure of risk appetite, is recording its best monthly performance against the US dollar since April in terms of percentage change.
The Japanese yen fell about 0.1 percent against the dollar, to 103.84.
The euro settled against the dollar at 1.18725, and is heading towards a limited weekly gain.
Bitcoin is approaching, but not exceeding, its highest level in three years, which it recorded on Wednesday at 18 thousand and 483 dollars.