DEFINITION of 'Dollar Bear'

An investor or speculator who is negative on the outlook for the U.S. dollar against other currencies. A dollar bear expects the U.S. dollar to decline against major currencies over time, and will take this factor into consideration when positioning investment portfolios.

BREAKING DOWN 'Dollar Bear'

Dollar bears generally possess a gloomy outlook on the long-term prospects for the U.S. economy.They will bet against the dollar in general or specifically in relation to another currency. For example they could go long the EUR/USD pair because as the pair increases it signifies that the USD is worth less. Since the U.S. dollar has a strong negative correlation with precious metals and commodities, a dollar bear may overweight investment portfolios in assets such as gold and base metals as a hedge against a continued decline in the greenback.

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