Dollar Rises, Markets Dip
World markets down as investors predict interest rate hikes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2009 4:28 AM CST
A South Korean bank clerk works next to bundles of US dollars at the head office of Korea Exchange Bank in downtown Seoul.   (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – The dollar climbed to a three-month high today on rosier-than-expected Fed economic predictions while markets fell on expectations that central banks will soon begin to raise interest rates. The greenback gained against 15 of 16 of its most commonly traded currencies, while major European and Asian stock indices were down 1% or less. The Fed said yesterday the US economy is gathering steam and detailed plans to start winding down its extraordinary lending measure next year, AP reports.