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Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

The dollar index fell to its weakest level since June 2018 on Monday, accelerating a slide that has put it on pace for its worst month in nearly a decade. The greenback's value against global currencies has declined by 6.4% over the last three months.

What's happening: The dollar's weakness is a reflection of the market's disillusionment with the U.S., investors say, as the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic has left much to be desired.

  • The European Union's coordinated fiscal policy response, by comparison, has boosted the euro to its highest against the greenback since 2018 and has investors expecting more losses for the dollar and gains for the euro.

What we're hearing: The dollar's dominance "is being challenged by the visuals witnessed around the globe: On top of a pandemic, the country seems to be politically unstable," Juan Perez, senior FX trader and strategist at Tempus, tells Axios, also noting the growing "Cold War" with China.

  • "Stocks are about the only positive thing that is presented to the world from here. Faith in our overall global leadership has been shaken and it’s not policy, but evidential death tolls that keep rising from a contagion others have managed to minimize to various degrees."

What's next: Bloomberg reports that asset managers have jettisoned net long positions on the dollar and taken bearish positions "as U.S. exceptionalism wanes."

  • The euro has risen 10 of the past 11 sessions, notes Marc Chandler, chief market strategist at Bannockburn Global Forex, and looks to be picking up steam as the dollar is sold against more currencies and by more investors.

Flashback: Yale University senior fellow and former Morgan Stanley Asia chairman Stephen Roach predicted earlier this year that the dollar would fall by 35% against global peers.

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The S&P 500 closed at a new all-time high on Tuesday and has rallied by around 52% since hitting its low point on March 23 — the best run the index has ever had in such a short time.

The state of play: While the market has continued to rise for the past five months, most investors have been incredulous about the sustainability of gains.

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This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.

Why it matters: All of this is likely to end with significant new restrictions on abortion and a clear path for Republican-led states to win the next big abortion cases, too — the culmination of a long and bitter fight for control of the judiciary.

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Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios Visuals 

Donald Trump this week became both a meme stock and a social-media entrepreneur at the same time, by announcing that a new company called Trump Media & Technology Group was going to merge with an existing company listed on the stock market.

Why it matters: The medium-term promise of Trump's media company is that it will replace Twitter for anybody wanting to keep track of Trump's messages. The short-term promise is that it can be a hot new speculative vehicle for people wanting to get rich quick in the stock market.