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December 15, 2016

The dollar climbed to the highest level since 2003 against the euro as the prospect of a steeper path for U.S. interest rates next year filtered through markets. European bank stocks climbed while bonds and gold slumped.

The greenback extended its advance against major and emerging-market peers after the Federal Reserve’s first and only interest-rate hike of 2016 was accompanied with a signal of three increases next year. European banks rallied to near an 11-month high on bets that higher rates will make lending more profitable, while a measure of stock volatility in the region fell to a two-year low. U.S. 10-year yields reached the highest level in more than two years, while 30-year bunds led a decline in German securities. China’s 10-year benchmark headed for its biggest one-day increase and gold fell to a 10-month low.

The Fed’s move has added to speculation of a shift away from global central-bank policy and toward fiscal stimulus that has helped fuel a rally in stocks and rout in global bonds since the election of Donald Trump in November. Still, the U.S. central bank stands largely alone in actively tightening policy, boosting the dollar against its peers. The Bank of England kept its key rate at a record low Thursday, mirroring moves by policy makers in Norway, South Korea and Switzerland. The European Central Bank last week extended quantitative easing through 2017, depressing the euro.

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