The dollar has been unable to general any significant traction and gold also gained support from persistent concerns surrounding the U.S. trade stance with prices advancing to two-week highs.
A two per cent fall in Deutsche Bank shares hurt European banking stocks.
European stocks fell as much as 0.3 percent and USA futures pointed to a fall of around 0.2 percent at the open on Wall Street.
"As the world's number one economy is preparing to set significant barriers against the world, investors are increasingly anxious", she said. "So any economic benefit of that will show up only next year", said a senior trader at a European bank. Platinum for April delivery added 9.4 dollars, or 0.98 percent, to close at 972.40 dollars per ounce.
There was relief that the G20 communique maintained its call for competitive devaluations and FX market instability to be avoided.
The pound, which had been up as much as a third of a per cent against the USA dollar in London morning trade, reversed course, falling as low as US$1.2336 following the statement, down 0.45 per cent on the day.
China urges United States to be 'coolheaded' in approach to North Korea
North Korea recently launched four missiles, with the apparent, and unsuccessful, aim of hitting USA airbases in Japan . Beijing was Tillerson's final stop on his first official trip to Asia, which included visits to Japan and South Korea .
Currency markets are also focused on a raft of speeches by Fed officials this week, including Chicago's Charles Evans on Tuesday and Friday, Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday, Dallas's Robert Kaplan and Minneapolis's Neel Kashkari on Friday and New York's William Dudley on Saturday.
"The Fed can lift rates and it is far from being bad news for equities", Tobias Levkovich, managing director and head of U.S. equity strategy at Citigroup Global Markets, wrote in a note to clients Friday, Bloomberg reported.
"Sentiment towards the dollar has deteriorated significantly", Societe Generale FX analysts said in a note to clients on Monday.
The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, edged down 0.1 per cent to 100.35 after falling as low as 100.02 overnight, its lowest since Feb 7. This is a hearty improvement from January's read of 1.8%; and in response the British Pound has jumped-higher.
In France, centrist Emmanuel Macron solidified his status as front-runner in the presidential election in a televised debate on Monday. The latest trend suggests that French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is ahead of over centrist Emmanuel Macron.
But a number of United States banks are now openly expressing doubts about how fast any border-tax reform will come into being, or whether it will ever pass Congress at all in a form that would have a significant impact on pricing and the U.S. dollar.