The USD is being propped up by the dismal display of the other currencies
Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:13PM
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If there was a currency out there that showed a modicum of strength the US Dollar would be dead and buried by now. However, the race to be weakest currency continues based on the concept that a weaker currency will boost exports. Fat chance

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This policy is not working for any of the twenty five or so contestants in this race. The Swiss Franc maybe flavour of the month at the moment but its too small to accommodate everyone and the Swiss do take action to devalue their currency from time to time. So investors ask themselves why are they still in any currency where the stated aim and target is to become weaker? Hence the upward progress by both gold and silver. And as long as this race to the bottom continues the future of hard assets such as gold and silver looks bright. This is an opinion that we have held for many years now and it has rewarded us handsomely.

Taking a quick look at the above chart of the USD we can see that the cross of death still casts its shadow over the USD despite the occasional rally. The USD is trading between the '76' and '73' level, however, a drop below the '73' level would see holders having to re-think the wisdom of standing firm. Since June 2010 the dollar has lost around 15% of its value, whereas both gold and silver have performed like Gladiators.

Its not just the United States that is struggling at the moment, the Euro zone is also plagued with fiscal ineptitude that appears to be getting worse with every bail out that the eurocrats throw at the problem. Its rather odd to assume that debt can be eradicated with yet more debt, but that appears to be their policy. Again the result is good for silver and gold but disastrous for the nations concerned.

Just consider this snippet for a moment taken from an article on Forbes:


European banks have stockpiled US Dollars to mitigate the risk of a funding market-freeze and subsequent shortage of greenbacks, making them substantially more resilient than during the post-Lehman days of 2008. While big risks remain, especially when it comes to ratifying the EFSF and the second Greek bail-out, European banks appear to be shielded from the short-term funding freeze-cum free fall that put the global financial system on its knees a few years back.

Stockpiling dollars! Where would the dollar be without this sort of demand, its not that the Europeans want or like the dollar, its fear driven based on the view that they will need them shortly when the cat hits the fan and everyone is screaming for more money. We don't know how this reads for you but we find it a tad scarey. Maybe they know a lot more then we do about the true mess that they are in. The best they can hope for is to try and manage the bad news by allowing it to slowly become apparent. As if you didn't know already.

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