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Most investors we talk to say they do not want to make a “currency call,” then default to being unhedged in their investments, making the implicit call that the dollar is going to forever decline. Jeremy Schwartz makes the case for currency hedging your international portfolio.

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It wasn’t that long ago that we were experiencing a spectacular degree of dollar strength in 2014 and 2015. We have been focused on helping investors better understand the drivers behind different currency movements, and this post examines both valuation and economic growth indicators.

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As we seek to understand movements of the U.S. dollar, we’ve noticed three big-picture factors that come up time and again: inflation, elections and policy. Christopher Gannatti evaluates each of these in turn.

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After depreciating in 2017, the U.S. dollar recently has reversed this trend and rallied more than 5% since February. If the dollar continues to strengthen, investors may want to consider small caps for their U.S. equity portfolio.

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One of the biggest surprises for us in 2017 was the depreciation of the U.S. dollar. Many anticipated that if the U.S. central bank hiked rates while foreign central banks expanded balance sheets, it would be a catalyst for a stronger U.S. dollar. And yet the opposite happened. 
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Currencies rarely move in a single direction for an extended period, especially in today’s world. WisdomTree is a strong believer that hedging helps neutralize currency movements and should be used strategically in portfolio allocations.

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