The Canadian Dollar is No Haven from a US Dollar Collapse

By: Jeff Berwick | Wed, Jun 1, 2011
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We spend a lot of time here at The Dollar Vigilante chastising Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve and preparing our subscribers for a collapse of the US dollar - something which has been paying off very handsomely, with gold and silver at record highs this year - but don't take that to mean that we prefer any other fiat currency. No fiat currency in the western world is any better than the US Dollar. In fact, in every case, they are worse.

The Federal Reserve is still, despite its secrecy, one of the most transparent central banks in the world. It also has, over the last century, despite inflating the dollar downward by 97%, been one of the least inflationary banks.

We often hear of people denounce the US dollar and correctly divine that it is headed to worthlessness, but, in the same breath, they say they own other fiat currencies like the Canadian dollar.

This is a case of ignorance of the workings of banks like the Bank of Canada - or virtually any other major central bank in the world, for that matter.

There are numerous reasons why the Canadian dollar will not survive a US dollar collapse:

The Canadian Economy is Very Tied to the US Economy

We need only show one graphic to make this point:

Balance of Payments - Canada's Major Trading Partners

It is obvious that if the US goes through a monetary collapse or even just a major depression, the Canadian economy will be hobbled significantly.

The Canadian Government is intent on devaluing the Canadian dollar alongside the US

The Canadian Government has made it painfully clear that they have no intention of allowing the Canadian dollar to rise much more than par with the US dollar. The reason: lobby groups and voting blocks from export based industries will depose of any government which allows this to happen.

Canadian Dollar

The Bank of Canada has virtually no gold backing the Canadian dollar

Since 1980, Canada has sold 99.5% of it gold. Canada now has the 78th largest holding of gold of all countries. Countries such as Bolivia, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Macedonia have more gold than does the Bank of Canada.

The Bank of Canada used to have 653 tonnes but today it only holds 3.4 tonnes. To give a rough idea of what all of Canada's gold holdings look like, we created this rough estimate of what it would look like if Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, was standing beside it:

Canada Gold Reserves

All that does back the Canadian dollar is the US dollar and other fiat currencies

If you believe that the US dollar is headed to zero then it makes no sense to own the Canadian dollar. Practically all that backs the Canadian dollar is US dollars.

Total Bank of Canada Reserves

The Canadian dollar is not used globally

The Canadian dollar is not a true global currency. There is only one, current, true global currency: the US dollar. It is accepted on the streets of New Delhi, Phnom Penh, Buenos Aires, Moscow and practically everywhere. Try bringing some Canadian monopoly money to Shanghai and try buying some street noodles. You'll see how valid of a global currency the Canadian dollar is. No soup for you!


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Jeff Berwick

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Jeff Berwick

Anarcho-Capitalist. Libertarian. Freedom fighter against mankind's two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks. Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast. Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world's freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, CNN and Fox Business.

Jeff's background in the financial markets dates back to his founding of Canada's largest financial website,, in 1994. In the late '90s the company expanded worldwide into 8 different countries and had 250 employees and a market capitalization of $240 million USD at the peak of the "tech bubble". To this day more than a million investors use for investment information every month.

Jeff was the CEO from 1994 until 2002 when he sold the company and still continued on as a director afterwards until 2007. Afterwards, Berwick went forth to live on and travel the world by sailboat but after one year of sailing his boat sank in a storm off the coast of El Salvador. After being saved clinging to his surfboard with nothing but a pair of surfing shorts left of all his material possessions he decided to "live nowhere" and travel the world as spontaneously as possible with one overarching goal: See and understand the world with his own eyes, not through the lens of the media.

He went on to visit nearly 100 countries over four years and did and saw things that no education could ever teach. He met and spoke with a plethora of amazing people, from self-made billionaires to some of the brightest minds in finance - as well as entrepreneurs from a broad range of backgrounds and locations from tech companies in southern China to resource developers in Mongolia, Thailand, Russia and Chile. He also read everything he could find on how the world really works... politically and financially. A pursuit he continues to this day.

He expatriated, long ago from his country of birth, Canada, and considers himself a citizen of the world. He has lived in numerous locales since including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Bangkok and currently lives in Acapulco, Mexico and is building a home in Cafayate, Argentina. In essence, everything he writes about here for TDV he has done or is doing.

As well, during his travels, both real and virtual (through the internet), he met some amazing people who have a similar shared vision of what is currently going on in the world and enticed them to come aboard TDV and provide their own brand of analysis.

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