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- The Mexican peso and the Canadian dollar surged Monday after the US and Canada on Sunday evening put the finishing touches on a deal to reshape the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.
- Both currencies have bounced against the US dollar as a result of the agreement between US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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The Mexican peso and the Canadian dollar were surging Monday morning after the US and Canada struck an agreement that strengthens the trading relationship of the three North American economic powerhouses.
Trade negotiators for the US and Canada on Sunday evening put the finishing touches on a deal to reshape the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA. It is the largest trade-deal rewrite of President Donald Trump’s tenure.
The agreement came just hours before a deadline set by the Trump administration and will now need congressional approval. It follows more than a year of negotiations between the US, Canada, and Mexico over the trilateral agreement.
Trump’s agreement with Canada concludes a lengthy negotiation period and adds to the agreement struck in August by the US and Mexico, ensuring continued strong ties among the three nations.
The president greeted the agreement as “wonderful” on Monday morning, calling it “a great deal for all three countries.”
“Late last night, our deadline, we reached a wonderful new Trade Deal with Canada, to be added into the deal already reached with Mexico,” Trump said on Twitter, adding that NAFTA would be renamed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
“It is a great deal for all three countries, solves the many deficiencies and mistakes in NAFTA, greatly opens markets to our Farmers and Manufacturers, reduces Trade Barriers to the U.S. and will bring all three Great Nations together in competition with the rest of the world,” he said. “The USMCA is a historic transaction!”
“Congratulations to Mexico and Canada!” he added.
As the smallest of the three economies, Mexico sees outsize benefits from its trading partnership with the US and Canada.
The peso has rocketed, gaining about 0.7% in trade against the dollar on Monday morning. By just after 10 a.m. BST, or 5 a.m. ET, the currency was trading at 18.54 to the dollar, as the chart below illustrates (this pairing shows the dollar’s fall against the peso, rather than the peso’s gains):
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“Investors have been waiting patiently for some good news regarding trade since the US escalated trade tensions earlier this year,” Jasper Lawler, the head of research at London Capital Group, said in an email. “There is clear elation that a deal has been struck.”
The Canadian dollar has followed a similar pattern to the peso, gaining against the US dollar in overnight and European morning trading, though gains have been a little smaller:
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