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March 20th 2008

USD: 0 for 3

In a recent commentary piece, the Market Oracle used the analogy of baseball to outline why this will be an "off year" for the Dollar, listing three reasons to support its claim. Consumer spending was listed first because it represents the largest component of US GDP.  Since much consumption is financed through borrowing and since the credit crunch has forced banks to rein in lending, the Oracle reasoned that consumer spending will be especially hard hit. Next, there is the worsening employment picture. As its moniker implies, the "jobless recovery" that has characterized the US economy over the last few years did not add many jobs, and due to the economic downturn, jobs are now being shed.  Finally, the Market Oracle has identified the Federal Reserve as a primary contributor to the decline of the Dollar. While the Fed is trying to shore up the economy, it is simultaneously enabling inflation.  Thus, even if the battle is won and recession is averted, the Fed may still find that it has lost the war- on prices.

Read More: Three Strikes Against the U.S. Dollar

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Posted by Adam Kritzer | in Investing & Trading, US Dollar | No Comments »

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