Countries Must Let The Dollar Plummet

By: Daniel Aaronson & Lee Markowitz | Fri, May 15, 2009
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Investors are pushing the US dollar down and commodities up as a consequence of the Federal Reserve's strategy of printing money and levering its balance sheet.

Currencies

Australian Dollar (NYSE: USO)

Euro (NYSE: FXE)

Commodities

Oil (NYSE: USO)

Agriculture (NYSE: DBA)

The negative side-effects on the US economy that result from monetary inflation are well-known by economists - primarily, an increase in the cost of living and rising interest rates. However, a less obvious side-effect of Dollar printing is that Americans are able to accumulate commodities and foreign assets at the expense of countries with undervalued currencies such as in Asia, specifically China.

For years the Chinese have been working for Americans in factories and on farms in exchange for Dollars and Treasuries. Now that the Fed is diluting the Dollar, it is arguable that the Chinese have been exploited. However, since the US is struggling to repay its debts, as a creditor, the Chinese should be accumulating US assets at discount prices. Currency pegs, though, are encouraging the opposite effect to take place. Whereas the Dollar's purchasing power should be in freefall, fixed exchange rates are incentivizing US investors to go on a buying spree abroad, which is why commodities are rising and foreign equities (especially Asian property stocks) are increasing faster than US equities. In an ironic twist, the United States is bidding up and acquiring its creditors' assets rather than having to answer to its creditors.

The printing of new money usually allows first movers to get wealthy at the expense of others. While a small number of financiers get wealthy, the whole country gets poorer relative to the rest of the world. Typically this scenario only happens within the country that devalues its currency. Yet in today's current situation, currency pegs are allowing the first movers in the US to acquire global assets with a virtually worthless piece of paper. If this artificial currency regime persists indefinitely, hyperinflation will take hold of the entire global economy. With the possibility of such an adverse outcome for society, foreign governments eventually will realize that the US is once again stealing from everyone - before it was labor, now it is equities and assets. When the world decides that enough is enough, currency pegs at today's levels will be a distant memory. As a result, foreign stocks and commodities, which are extremely cheap today, will no longer be for sale in US Dollars.

 


 

Author: Daniel Aaronson

Daniel Aaronson
Continental Capital Advisors, LLC

Continental Capital Advisors, LLC was formed to offset the destruction of wealth caused by the global devaluation of currencies by central banks. The name Continental Capital symbolizes the 1775 US Currency, "the Continental", which was backed by nothing and quickly became devalued.

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Author: Lee Markowitz

Lee Markowitz CFA
Continental Capital Advisors, LLC

Continental Capital Advisors, LLC was formed to offset the destruction of wealth caused by the global devaluation of currencies by central banks. The name Continental Capital symbolizes the 1775 US Currency, "the Continental", which was backed by nothing and quickly became devalued.

Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion and is not intended as investment advice. Comments within the text should not be construed as specific recommendations to buy or sell securities. Individuals should consult with their broker and personal financial advisors before engaging in any trading activities. Certain statements included herein may constitute "forward-looking statements" with the meaning of certain securities legislative measures. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the above mentioned companies, and / or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Any action taken as a result of reading this is solely the responsibility of the reader.

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