Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. Investing in a Bubble Mania Stock Market Trending Towards Financial Crisis 2.0 CRASH! - 9th Sep 21
2.Tech Stocks Bubble Valuations 2000 vs 2021 - 25th Sep 21
3.Stock Market FOMO Going into Crash Season - 8th Oct 21
4.Stock Market FOMO Hits September Brick Wall - Evergrande China's Lehman's Moment - 22nd Sep 21
5.Crypto Bubble BURSTS! BTC, ETH, XRP CRASH! NiceHash Seizes Funds on Account Halting ALL Withdrawals! - 19th May 21
6.How to Protect Your Self From a Stock Market CRASH / Bear Market? - 14th Oct 21
7.AI Stocks Portfolio Buying and Selling Levels Going Into Market Correction - 11th Oct 21
8.Why Silver Price Could Crash by 20%! - 5th Oct 21
9.Powell: Inflation Might Not Be Transitory, After All - 3rd Oct 21
10.Global Stock Markets Topped 60 Days Before the US Stocks Peaked - 23rd Sep 21
Last 7 days
VR and Gaming Becomes the Metaverse - 7th Dec 21
How to Read Your Smart Meter - Economy 7, Day and Night Rate Readings SMETS2 EDF - 7th Dec 21
For Profit or for Loss: 4 Tips for Selling ASX Shares - 7th Dec 21
INTEL Bargain Teck Stocks Trading at 15.5% Discount Sale - 7th Dec 21
US Bonds Yield Curve is not currently an inflationist’s friend - 7th Dec 21
Omicron COVID Variant-Possible Strong Stock Market INDU & TRAN Rally - 7th Dec 21
The New Tech That Could Take Tesla To $2 Trillion - 7th Dec 21
S&P 500 – Is a 5% Correction Enough? - 6th Dec 21
Global Stock Markets It’s Do-Or-Die Time - 6th Dec 21
Hawks Triumph, Doves Lose, Gold Bulls Cry! - 6th Dec 21
How Stock Investors Can Cash in on President Biden’s new Climate Plan - 6th Dec 21
The Lithium Tech That Could Send The EV Boom Into Overdrive - 6th Dec 21
How Stagflation Effects Stocks - 5th Dec 21
Bitcoin FLASH CRASH! Cryptos Blood Bath as Exchanges Run Stops, An Early Christmas Present for Some? - 5th Dec 21
TESCO Pre Omicron Panic Christmas Decorations Festive Shop 2021 - 5th Dec 21
Dow Stock Market Trend Forecast Into Mid 2022 - 4th Dec 21
INVESTING LESSON - Give your Portfolio Some Breathing Space - 4th Dec 21
Don’t Get Yourself Into a Bull Trap With Gold - 4th Dec 21
GOLD HAS LOTS OF POTENTIAL DOWNSIDE - 4th Dec 21
4 Tips To Help You Take Better Care Of Your Personal Finances- 4th Dec 21
What Is A Golden Cross Pattern In Trading? - 4th Dec 21
Bitcoin Price TRIGGER for Accumulating Into Alt Coins for 2022 Price Explosion - Part 2 - 3rd Dec 21
Stock Market Major Turning Point Taking Place - 3rd Dec 21
The Masters of the Universe and Gold - 3rd Dec 21
This simple Stock Market mindset shift could help you make millions - 3rd Dec 21
Will the Glasgow Summit (COP26) Affect Energy Prices? - 3rd Dec 21
Peloton 35% CRASH a Lesson of What Happens When One Over Pays for a Loss Making Growth Stock - 1st Dec 21
Stock Market Sentiment Speaks: I Fear For Retirees For The Next 20 Years - 1st Dec 21 t
Will the Anointed Finanical Experts Get It Wrong Again? - 1st Dec 21
Main Differences Between the UK and Canadian Gaming Markets - 1st Dec 21

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

How to Protect your Wealth by Investing in AI Tech Stocks

If the U.S. Dollar Collapses, What Happens to Your Portfolio?

Currencies / US Dollar Jun 21, 2011 - 02:40 PM GMT

By: Jeff_Clark

Currencies

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJeff Clark, BIG GOLD writes: Have you considered what will happen to your portfolio - and all the other areas of your life - if the dollar fails? The ramifications will be widespread, painful, and inescapable if you're not properly diversified.

Last month, I attended the Global Currency Expo sponsored by EverBank. The overarching theme, as you might expect, was that diversification out of one's home currency is paramount. While there were plenty of traders on hand, it was the big-picture talks that had the most pressing messages.


I came away feeling that I needed to reexamine my exposure to the dollar. Have you considered what will happen to your portfolio - and all the other areas of your life - if the dollar fails? The ramifications will be widespread, painful, and inescapable if you're not properly diversified.

With that in mind, I want to pass on some highlights from a few speakers, along with their investment recommendations... many of which were framed as the "trade of the decade."

Frank Trotter of EverBank Direct stated that the U.S. dollar "will see a significant decline in the next 5-10 years." His five favorite currencies for the next decade are the Swedish krona (which he thinks is better than the Swiss franc), the Norwegian krone, the Australian and Canadian dollars, and a surprise, the Brazilian real.

Eric Roseman of Commodity Trend Alert warned that we'll see a food crisis within three to five years. He's convinced China will become a net importer of agriculture, which will have major ramifications around the globe. His trade of the decade is the exchange-traded note for grains, JJG.

Sean Hyman of World Currency Watch said his trade of the decade is the Singapore dollar (SGD). "Buy it and forget it."

Doug Casey also spoke; he laid out five "sure things" for the next ten years:

  1. Short bonds/bet on rising interest rates
  2. Short the yen/go long on Japanese small- and mid-cap stocks
  3. Borrowed money: "It's an excellent way to short the dollar, and you get a tax deduction."
  4. Gold: "It's not cheap, but it's going higher. Buy it and store it abroad."
  5. Small-cap mining stocks

Rodney Johnson, president of HS Dent, got some audible groans from the audience when he claimed the trade of the decade was the U.S. dollar versus the euro. He's convinced that deflation is coming and that inflation hedges will get hurt. He predicted that the dollar will rebound and that interest rates and prices will fall. While it's always healthy to check one's assumptions, I heard no reason to change my mind about the dollar's long-term woes. Interestingly, most of the speakers do expect the dollar to temporarily strengthen this summer, though they have no doubt the currency is ultimately headed to the graveyard.

But the most thorough and convincing presentation by far came from Chuck Butler, president of EverBank World Markets and a 35-year currency analyst. If anyone knows currencies, it's him. It's been said that he's advanced awareness of the currency markets more than almost any other banker working today.

Chuck outlined the case against the U.S. dollar with damaging conviction. He pointed out that the pound sterling was the world's reserve currency until WWII, and "we became the reserve currency by financing England because they couldn't pay their debts and had diluted their currency... They needed assistance from other countries to service their debt and had overextended their military." Sound familiar?

He noted that China, with little fanfare, started signing swap agreements in 2009. To date, they've signed agreements with much of Asia, the European Union, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Belarus, Argentina, and will soon with Japan and Korea. There are even rumors of them working on currency swaps with the Arab nations. He reminded us that China's president recently stated publicly that the U.S. dollar is a "product of the past."

The scary ramifications of this were couched in a stark warning: "The U.S. dollar will lose its reserve currency status sometime between 2014 and 2020. There will be no trumpet; it will just happen."

He said SDRs (Special Drawing Rights) from the IMF may be used first, but that it won't matter since the dollar losing its reserve status is "inevitable." He, too, felt there will likely be some strength in the greenback this summer, but that this will change nothing in the long-term picture.

When it comes to preparing one's investments for this eventuality, Chuck stated that "94% of investment return is based on the asset-class selection, and a low covariance with other assets." On a practical basis, this means owning an investment that is not correlated with U.S. stocks, and one that is not denominated in U.S. dollars. He said the key to diversification is applying the same logic you would to stocks: "You wouldn't buy just one stock, so why would you own just one currency?"

He likes the renminbi, which can be played via CYB or CNY. He also likes the Singapore dollar, the Norwegian krone, and the Swedish krona.

The point of the weekend was to examine one's portfolio from the point of view of a failing currency. It won't matter too much how diversified your stocks are if they're all exposed to the same currency. If this outlook turns out to be correct - and I see no way around it - then the U.S. dollar will undergo a sea change that will erode and ultimately destroy any investment backed by it.

So, how much exposure do you have to the U.S. dollar? And what happens to your portfolio when the greenback reaches its ultimate resting place? Even if you think it avoids becoming fancy green toilet paper, prudence suggests that you at least consider preparing your investments for a prolonged erosion. By the time you carry your investment "bucket" to retirement, the persistent leak from dollar devaluation could buy half of what it did ten years earlier. Will this be acceptable to you and your family?

Gold and silver are one of the easiest and simplest ways to diversify out of the dollar, regardless of one's portfolio size. They are a confidential, personal, and immediate purchasing-power protector. Pretend your financial life depends on it, because the abuse continually heaped upon the dollar doesn't come free of consequences.

FREE Special Report : Learn all about how, when and where to buy silver… which forms of silver are the best to own… and why we could soon be running out of silver altogether… in Casey Research's 2011 Silver Investing Guide . Read and download it for free here.

© 2011 Copyright Casey Research - All Rights Reserved

Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


© 2005-2019 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in