Dollar Archive

Central Banks Favor Euro Over Dollar

Dollar Reaches Breaking Point as Banks Shift Reserves Central banks flush with record reserves are increasingly snubbing dollars in favor of euros and yen, further pressuring the greenback after its biggest two- quarter rout in almost two decades. Policy makers boosted foreign currency holdings by $413 billion last quarter, the most since

Is China Ever Going To Stop Buying Treasuries

Recently I received an interesting newsletter describing why China is where you should be investing…I have edited the newsletter to focus on the main story… America’s biggest benefactor—the Chinese government—is about to pull the plug on the U.S. markets. The giant sucking sound you hear will be what’s left of your wealth

Crude Oil Falls on Minimal U.S. Storm Damage, Stronger Dollar

Bloomberg has latest story about falling crude oil prices and stronger dollar: Crude Oil Falls on Minimal U.S. Storm Damage, Stronger Dollar Crude oil fell for a fourth day as Hurricane Gustav caused minimal damage to refineries and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and a strengthening dollar curbed the appeal of

Nouriel Roubini Break Up

Nouriel Roubini Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business, breaks it up for us as to how ugly it is out there. Initial claims for unemployment benefits now at their recession level signaling the beginning of a serious slack in the labor market. Durable goods order falling –

Drawing Attention: A Weak Dollar

A weak dollar could draw more attention in the coming year. The dollar’s slide against other major currencies in recent years has helped drive up prices for energy and food and in turn contributed to the economic hardship some consumers face. A further drop in the dollar in 2008 could spell more

Falling USD to Boost US Stock Markets and Consumer Spending

Imagine that you have $2.8 trillion sitting around. And for kicks, let’s assume that most of that money, about two-thirds, is invested in U.S. dollars and other dollar-denominated assets like U.S. Treasury bonds. And let’s assume that your currency was linked to the U.S. dollar, too. In other words, you often buy

Weak Housing Market Affects Stock Market

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) expected the home prices to finish down for the year, which would be the first drop since 1968. Single-family homes are expected to decline by 1%,to $219,800. The number of home sales is also expected to dip from 6.48 million in 2006 to 6.29 million in

U.S. Economy: We Make and Sell Debts

From the “oh, puh-leez” school of economics comes this headline from the recent G7 summit. A week ago the Federal Reserve estimated that domestic US GDP grew at an annual rate of 2.2%; after stripping out the more questionable data it’s more like zero growth. Reminds me of the old Soviet Union:

ETF Special: Variety Of Options

For those of you that do not know what Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are here is a short description. What are ETFsThink of an ETF as a mutual fund that trades like a stock thus experiencing price changes throughout the day as it is bought and sold. You can short sell them

I Have Got A Yen For You

Guest Author: My name is Mazy Hedayat, a lawyer in Chicago. I work with entrepreneurs and business people including software, Internet, and financial professionals. Futures and options are big in Chicago so it ought to come as no surprise that this post is from one of my clients who is a futures