Why Worry the Dollar

by | Apr 8, 2010 | Archives

Why Worry the Dollar?


The chart above from grandfather.com shows how the US dollar has fallen steadily over the past 40 years.

Yet recent posts at this site have looked at borrowing Japanese yen and investing in Euro.

Why not borrow US dollars instead of yen?

We must always proceed with caution when we borrow low & deposit high.  The chart above shows how the dollar has had a steady downwards trend for 40 years.  However note the six year spike in 1980. Anyone who borrowed the US dollar in 1980 was clobbered or had a long wait before it fell.

A lot of the thinking behind the idea of the falling dollar is based around the huge US government debt and deficits along with the ever growing trade and current account deficits in the US.

However Japan has even more debt as a per cent of GDP than the US… though it is mainly internally financed.

Yet we need to look beyond these negatives before we speculate.  There are positive forces for the greenback as well. Ignoring them is an error.

These positives in the US are one reason why it may be better to borrow yen instead of the US dollar.

There are five fundamental beliefs that should always part of our economic thinking.

#1: Markets are efficient and always reflect fundamental forces in the long run.

#2: Human emotions are not efficient and create short term distortions in markets.

#3: There are always things we cannot see.

#4: We should not speculate with more than we can afford to lose!  (Because of point number one.)

#5: Belief in fundamental ideas are vital.  There are always things we do not know… but fundamental beliefs have enormous power at incredibly deep levels of investing.  Belief in fundamentals help us ride through short term market fluctuations created by human emotion.

These facts always keep me looking for new ideas in which to believe.  Having ideas that upgrade human productivity is one type of idea I actively seek.  I believe that increased productivity brings greater abundance.

One way I look for improved productivity is to continually monitor innovation.

A recent story in the Economist about Russia included this chart showing innovation. The US was still in the lead.


Chart from Economist article Modernising Russia – Another great leap forward?

The source of the data for this chart is World Economic Forum

Here are excepts from The Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010 by this forum.

Switzerland tops the overall ranking in The Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010. The United States falls one place to second position, with weakening in its financial markets and macroeconomic stability. Singapore, Sweden and Denmark round out the top five. European economies continue to prevail in the top 10 with Finland, Germany and the Netherlands following suit. The United Kingdom, while remaining very competitive, has continued its fall from last year, moving down one more place this year to 13th, mainly attributable to continuing weakening of its financial markets.

The rankings are calculated from both publicly available data and the Executive Opinion Survey, a comprehensive annual survey conducted by the World Economic Forum together with its network of Partner Institutes (leading research institutes and business organizations) in the countries covered by the Report.

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

This 38-year think tank has headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and is an independent, international organization incorporated as a Swiss not-for-profit foundation. They strive towards a world-class corporate governance system where values are as important a basis as rules. Their  motto is ‘entrepreneurship in the global public interest’.  They believe that economic progress without social development is not sustainable, while social development without economic progress is not feasible.

Their members represent the 1,000 leading companies and 200 smaller businesses – many from the developing world – that play a potent role in their industry or region.  Since 1971 they have had an annual meeting in the village of Davos, Switzerland.

So we cannot totally write off the US dollar because of the American spirit of innovation.

Though it is hard to sometimes see how America can deal with its debt and deficits… imagine how much wealth another innovation, like the internet can mean to the greenback, if it comes from American innovation.

This is another reason why when we borrow low-deposit high, we always look first and foremost at the positive carry… the difference between the loan rate and what we earn.  Right now you can borrow Japanese yen (from Jyske Bank) at 2.5 to 1.75% (depending on how you borrow).  Interest rates on the US dollar are higher…  2.75%  down to to 2%.

Finally we like the idea of borrowing yen right now because it has been so strong recently… without fundamental cause.  This contrarian view has made sense. The yen has fallen about 5% versus the euro in the last month.

The borrow low -deposit high tactic can increase earnings and profit… yet if you use a multicurrency sandwich be sure to think about the five rules above and the gold rule of all investing…  never speculate with more than you can afford or willing to lose.


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