Brent crude slips beneath $85 a barrel because the greenback rises

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Brent crude fell below $85 a barrel on Monday as recession fears and the US dollar surged.

Brent futures for November settlement were down over 1% at $84.92 as of 8am London time. West Texas Intermediate futures also fell to around $77.93.

The US dollar rose to a high not seen since 2002 on Monday, while sterling fell to a record low against the currency.

On Friday, both Brent and WTI futures were down around 5%, hitting their lowest levels since January.

It comes as central banks around the world – including the US and UK – continue to raise interest rates to fight inflation.

Meanwhile, fears of an economic slowdown continue to mount, with Steve Hanke, a professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University, putting the U.S. in recession at an 80% chance.

“If [the Fed] continue[s] quantitative tightening and the shift of that growth rate and M2 (money supply) into negative territory will be severe,” Hanke told CNBC’s Street Signs Asia on Friday.

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