There are three validations to the numerous warnings we have sent about a weakening greenback.
First last month Jyske Bank warned that the dollar euro rate of 142 was a resistance level to watch for and if the dollar breached this it could fall more. The dollar breached that level last week.
Let me hasten to add that Jyske”™s forex analysts are still positive the greenback short term. They wrote in their last analysis:
“œEURUSD reached new highs during the past week and the USD Â market is still bearish on USD and weï€ Index hit a new all-time low. The believe that we might see 142 or even 142.50 against EUR in the coming weeks. Â USD is anti-cyclical, and we believe that USD will strengthen as theï€ However, US economy starts showing severe signs of weakening. But it might be several weeks before these signs turn up.”
However in the longer term we have other validations of US dollar weakness. One comes from Alan Greenspan former Fed Chairman who while out stumping his book said that the Fed will have to raise interest rates to double-digit levels in coming years to thwart inflation.
His point was that at some point, the flow of farmers into the workforce in emerging markets like China will slow, leading to stronger wage pressures and prices, he says.
He is not talking about decades ahead either. He said that the shift “may be upon us sooner rather than later.” He suggests that in the “next few years,” inflation will build unless action is taken.
Greenspan’s comments came as the Fed lowered rather than raised rates. This creates dollar weakness.
Greenspan has also focused on his biggest concern: The retirement of the baby boomers and the impending fiscal problems caused by the draws on Social Security and Medicare. He considers it an urgent problem that needs to be addressed soon. If it is not expect more dollar weakness.
We are seeing the buck wilt everywhere. The Canadian dollar has risen over 60% versus the dollar in the last five years to once again reach parity.
Now a Bloomberg article “œAustralia Dollar to Trade Equal With U.S. Currency, by David McIntyre says:
“œThe Australian dollar will trade equal with the U.S. currency by the end of 2008 as the central bank raises interest rates to control inflation, according to Stephen Koukoulas, global strategist at TD Securities Ltd.
The local dollar, which reached an 18-year high of 89.50 U.S. cents today, will rise to parity as the economy expands by more than 4 percent next year and inflation accelerates, Koukoulas said in a note to clients dated yesterday. The currency will climb by more than 12 percent as the Reserve Bank of Australia raises its benchmark rate from an 11-year high of 6.5 percent, he said.”
Our multi currency portfolio tracking also shows the recent effect of the dollar”™s fall as our Dollar Short Portfolio has surged ahead of our Dollar Neutral Portfolio performance. Here is their recent performance.
|Portfolios 2007||Mar 27||June 28||July 20||Aug 17||Sept 28|
Until June, the dollar short portfolio was outperforming the dollar neutral. Then when the US stock market crashed”¦so did the greenback. Wall Street has seen a rebound. The buck has not.
This year the five portfolios we track are up in the past eleven months:
|Portfolios 2007||Mar 27||June 28||July 20||Aug 17||Sept 28||Oct 5|
You can learn why this performance has taken place in a sixteen page email report about how 13 economic forces now clash to shape investments markets ahead that show the rewards and the risks. The report also outlines the
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