The euro and the U.S. dollar are exchanging at a 1-to-1 rate for the first time in nearly two decades, when the European currency was in its infancy.
The stronger dollar is good news for Americans considering a European vacation or buying goods abroad. It could lower the price of commodities, such as grain, and potentially ease the relentless inflation that has sent household and business expenses surging. But experts say the euro’s retreat also hints at the slower pace of global trade, adding to recession worries.
Here are some of the ways this could affect consumers, businesses and travelers.