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FOREX-Dollar dips, risk appetite jumps as Americans head to the polls

    * Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E

 (Updates prices)
    By Karen Brettell
    NEW YORK, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar dipped on
Tuesday on stronger risk appetite as Americans headed to the
polls and as investors increased bets that Democrat Joe Biden
will win Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election and launch a large
new stimulus package.
    Biden has led in national polls but President Donald Trump
is close in enough swing states to piece together the 270
state-by-state Electoral College votes needed to hold the
presidency, which he won in a surprise 2016 election result.

    Analysts believe a Biden win would weaken the dollar as the
former vice-president is expected to spend big on stimulus and
to take a freer approach to trade, boosting other currencies at
the dollar's expense. Fiscal spending would likely be even
higher if Democrats also take control of the U.S. Senate.
    “It appears that markets are pricing in solid odds of a Blue
Wave today, implying significant fiscal stimulus and debt
issuance seen in 2021,” Win Thin, global head of currency
strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman, said in a report.
    The dollar index measuring the greenback against a basket of
currencies fell 0.73% to 93.34.
    The euro jumped 0.76% to $1.1729, after hitting
technical support at $1.1621 on Monday, which was a one-month
low.
    The dollar fell 0.19% against the yen to 104.51 yen.
    The greenback was boosted last week on concerns that the
election result may not be clear for days or even weeks due to a
large increase in mail-in ballots and on possible legal
challenges.
    Rather than outright bets on a particular outcome, many
traders have also flocked to the safety of dollars so they are
well-positioned to take advantage of volatility when results
arrive.
    "Those who haven't hedged yet, but who would feel the pain
in case of strong moves, should hedge themselves as soon as
possible, as it is getting increasingly expensive," Commerzbank
strategist Antje Praefcke wrote to her clients in a note.
    Overnight gauges of volatility for major currency pairs
jumped to multi-month highs ahead of the election outcome.
    Euro/dollar implied volatility surged to 19%,
its highest level since the depths of the market mayhem in
March, compared with less than 7% on Monday.
    Higher-risk currencies, including the Australian dollar,
outperformed, with the Aussie rising 1.66% to $0.7170, even
after Australia's central bank trimmed interest rates to near
zero and ramped up its bond-buying plans.
    The Federal Reserve will conclude a two-day meeting on
Wednesday. U.S. Jobs data for October is also in focus on
Friday.
    
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    Currency bid prices at 11:27AM (1627 GMT)
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct     High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                 
                                              Session                                           
 Euro/Dollar      EUR=        $1.1729        $1.1640     +0.76%         +4.63%      +1.1739     +1.1635
 Dollar/Yen       JPY=        104.5100       104.7100    -0.19%         -4.00%      +104.8000   +104.4500
 Euro/Yen         EURJPY=     122.59         121.93      +0.54%         +0.52%      +122.7500   +121.8300
 Dollar/Swiss     CHF=        0.9119         0.9187      -0.74%         -5.78%      +0.9192     +0.9119
 Sterling/Dollar  GBP=        1.3067         1.2912      +1.20%         -1.45%      +1.3077     +1.2905
 Dollar/Canadian  CAD=        1.3121         1.3215      -0.71%         +1.04%      +1.3234     +1.3103
 Australian/Doll  AUD=        0.7170         0.7053      +1.66%         +2.12%      +0.7174     +0.7029
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 Euro/Swiss       EURCHF=     1.0697         1.0695      +0.02%         -1.43%      +1.0718     +1.0693
 Euro/Sterling    EURGBP=     0.8975         0.9012      -0.41%         +6.16%      +0.9023     +0.8974
 NZ               NZD=        0.6710         0.6631      +1.19%         -0.39%      +0.6717     +0.6613
 Dollar/Dollar                                                                                  
 Dollar/Norway    NOK=        9.3688         9.5569      -1.97%         +6.73%      +9.5789     +9.3494
 Euro/Norway      EURNOK=     10.9913        11.1240     -1.19%         +11.72%     +11.1618    +10.9660
 Dollar/Sweden    SEK=        8.8295         8.9030      -0.09%         -5.54%      +8.9143     +8.8251
 Euro/Sweden      EURSEK=     10.3571        10.3669     -0.09%         -1.07%      +10.4005    +10.3550
 
    

 (Additional reporting by Julien Ponthus in London; Editing by
Nick Macfie and Dan Grebler)
  
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