How The “Strong” Dollar Is Crushing The Economy, Causing the Highest Trade Deficit Since 2008

from Grams Gold At first, the news sounds great: The dollar is currently stronger than more other currencies But what are the implications for our economy? In recent months, the rising value of the dollar has been a talking point in the mainstream media, with the reasons often cited for its supposed strength including claims of a recovering economy and effective fiscal policy. However, those of us with any kind of a finger on the pulse of the economy know that the only reason that the dollar is considered “strong” is because it’s currently the best of a bad lot.

The trade deficit jumped $15.5 billion, or 43%, to $51.4 billion, highest since October 2008. The dollar is currently at a level that makes American businesses uncompetitive on both the global and local stage. To add fuel to the fire, companies deriving revenue abroad are seeing their profits diminished due to the foreign exchange rates.

To put it in plain terms, our currency is no better than the cleanest dirty shirt in the laundry. Consider some of those “dirtier shirts”…

Europe is facing increasing instability, with nations like Greece experiencing revolutionary change politically, the ECB recently announcing its €1.1 trillion ($1.28 trillion) plan of Quantitative Easing until (at least) the end of Q3 next year and Russia facing a ruble crisis, which has been spurred on by plummeting oil prices and economic sanctions. And in Asia, the Bank of Japan has been injecting 80 trillion yen ($723.4 billion) into the economy each year to fend off deflation.

Picture Source: http://www.imf.org/external/np/fin/data/param_rms_mth.aspx As a result of these manipulations by central banks all over the world, amazingly, the dollar is actually seen as a safe haven these days, as it offers relative stability compared to other currencies. But if you’ve been following the news we publish each week, you know the U.S. dollar is currently anything but a long-term safe haven. Continue Reading>>>

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