After a rocky start, the euro and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track its movements now have reason to celebrate. The currency turns 10 years old in a few days, and has many economists feeling reflective.

Nearly a decade ago – Jan. 1, 1999 – Europe launched their shared currency, only to watch it fall, and then recover to solid ground. Economists are giving the euro a nod, as it has fulfilled the promise to lower borrowing costs, ease trade and tourism, boost growth and strengthen the European community in general, reports Matt Moore and George Frey for the Associated Press.

The euro has helped Europe to stave off inflationary pressures, created the zone of stability and security for those nations joined, and given strength to the overseas currency against the U.S. dollar. At one time, it was as high as $1.6038 US.

Many countries that decided to stay out of the European Union, such as Iceland and the United Kingdom, are asking for financial bailouts at this point in time. The sterling hit an all-time low against the euro as the United Kingdom is facing more rate cuts before stabilizing.

Meanwhile, the British pound has hit a record low against the euro today, on news that more interest rate cuts in the United Kingdom could be coming, reports Naomi Tajitsu for Reuters.

  • CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE): down 0.5% year-to-date

Euro ETF

  • CurrencyShares British Pound Sterling Trust (FXB): down 23.4% year-to-date

British Pound ETF

  • UltraShort Euro ProShares (EUO): down 16% since inception

Short Euro ETF

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