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Australian Dollar Dropped to a One-Year Low as Bernanke Mulls Stimulus End

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Core prompt: THE Australian dollar dropped to a one-year low after the head of the US Federal Reserve said he would consider winding down its econo

THE Australian dollar dropped to a one-year low after the head of the US Federal Reserve said he would consider winding down its economic stimulus program in the coming months.

The currency dropped as low as 96.62 US cents in the early hours of this morning, its weakest level since June 2012. By 6.30am AEST it had recovered a little to trade at 96.98 US cents, down from 97.82 cents at yesterday's local close.

In testimony to Congress, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke warned that ending the program called quantitative easing could stall the US' economic recovery.

However, he later said the central bank could begin winding down its $US85 billion-a-month bond-buying program at one of its "next few meetings'' if the economy continued to improve.

 
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