Date: Sep 05, 2008
Dear Smart Investors
Dollar fell to record low levels and now Euro is falling to record low levels. We will see in near future a fierce competition between central banks of the world to keep their currency undervalued.
Do you know which are the contingency currencies? Its Yen and Swiss Frank. Why Yen and Frank? I will explain in next letter.
But for sure, every downturn in Euro and Dollar will lead to equivalent rise in these 2 currencies.
But do not get fooled by fall of Euro against Dollar as it is for short period & primarily because US is ahead of the curve of slashing interest rates and Europe is behind the curve.
After a short rally in $, eventually it will again fall against all major currencies since epicenter of this crisis is US.
WORLD ECONOMY IS GOING TO GET LOT WORSE BEFORE T BETTERS. There is no doubt in this fact. The only currency I see now with sure gain, heck, whatsoever happens, is GOLD.
To know more about it and, how to invest in such a turbulent time? Why Gold will gain? What will drive gold higher? What can trigger downside? And Finally what is the target for the gold?
Pl express your interest ,I will send you the details.
Here is what experts say about the state of the economy of the world.
Euro Slides to 11-Month Low Versus Dollar on Recession Risks
By Stanley White
Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) — The euro slumped to an 11-month low against the dollar on speculation a credit-market slump will push European economies into a recession.
The currency headed for its biggest weekly decline versus the yen in more than a year after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said the economy is “weak” and Luxembourg Finance Minister Jean-Claude Juncker said the euro is “overvalued.” The yen jumped to two-year highs against the Australian and New Zealand dollars as declines in stocks and commodities prompted investors to reduce holdings of higher- yielding assets funded in the Japanese currency.
“This is a global recession story,” said Toru Umemoto, chief currency analyst in Tokyo at Barclays Capital, Britain ‘s third-biggest lender. “We’re seeing a reversal of what’s been happening over the past two years. Now the dollar and the yen are benefiting as risk appetite is on the decline.”
The euro fell to $1.4269 at 12 p.m. in Tokyo , from $1.4325 yesterday. It earlier touched $1.4214, the weakest since Oct. 24. The euro slid to 150.60 yen, the lowest since Aug. 17, 2007, before trading at 152.52 yen from 153.40 yen. It fell 4.2 percent this week. The yen reached 105.69 per dollar, the highest since July 17, and traded at 106.84. The euro may decline to $1.40 in six months, Umemoto said.
The Australian dollar dropped 3 percent to 87.65 yen from late Asian trading yesterday. It touched 85.88 yen, the lowest since July 2006. New Zealand ‘s dollar slumped 3.7 percent to 71.39 yen, reaching 69.96, the lowest since July 2006. The UBS Bloomberg Constant Maturity Commodity Index reached a seven- month low and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index tumbled the most in three months.
In carry trades, investors get funds in a country with low borrowing costs and buy assets where returns are higher. Japan ‘s 0.5 percent benchmark interest rate compares with 4.25 percent in Europe, 7 percent in Australia and 8 percent in New Zealand . The risk to is that currency moves may erase profits.
Volatility implied by dollar-yen options expiring in one- month rose to 12.59 percent, the highest in a more than a month.
“These currency moves are huge,” said Toru Tokoyoda, head of foreign exchange sales in Tokyo at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., the fourth-largest U.S. securities firm. “Volatility is likely to squeeze higher on further gains in the yen as that would spur demand to hedge against that move.”
One-month volatility may rise to 15 percent provided that the yen rises to 105 per dollar today, he said.
South Korea ‘s won rose 0.2 percent to 1,126.70, reversing an earlier drop of as much as 1.2 percent, on speculation the central bank is buying the currency after it two days ago breached 1,150 for the first time in four years. The nation’s foreign-exchange reserves fell by $21 billion in the five months through August to $243 billion as the Bank of Korea bought won to try to halt the currency’s slide.
A 10 percent drop in the won in the past month sparked concern South Korea may be headed for a repeat of 1997, when the currency lost half its value versus the dollar and the country turned to the International Monetary Fund for a $57 billion bailout to help companies repay overseas debt. Central bank Governor Lee Seong Tae yesterday told lawmakers there is no need to worry that the country is facing a financial crisis.
The euro dropped for a seventh day against the dollar, its longest decline since October 2006. The ECB yesterday kept its main refinancing rate at a seven-year high of 4.25 percent and Trichet told a press conference growth risks are on the “downside.”
Europe ‘s currency extended its decline after Luxembourg Juncker told reporters the currency is “effectively overvalued.” The euro has dropped more than 10 percent against the dollar from the record high of $1.6038 set on July 15.
“Juncker’s comments pushed the euro lower,” said Richard Franulovich, a senior currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp. in New York . “It’s a bit of an overshoot. It reflected a market that really wants to buy dollars.”
The ICE future exchange’s Dollar Index, which gauges the greenback against the currencies of six major U.S. trading partners, rose 0.3 percent to 78.822 after yesterday touching 79.077, the highest in almost a year.
U.S. nonfarm payrolls probably shrank by 75,000 last month, following a drop of 51,000 in July, according to the median forecast of 76 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. The Labor Department’s report is due at 8:30 a.m. in Washington .
“The dollar faces downside risks against the yen,” said Tohru Sasaki, chief strategist in Tokyo at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and a former chief currency trader at the Bank of Japan. “A worse-than-expected payrolls number would stoke fears about a global recession.”
The dollar may fall to 103.70 yen in the next few days, he said.
The U.S. government needs to start using more of its money to support markets to stem a burgeoning “financial tsunami,” said Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer of Newport California-based Pacific Investment Management Co., manager of the world’s biggest bond fund, on the firm’s Web site yesterday.
The ECB lowered its 2008 economic growth forecast yesterday to about 1.4 percent from 1.8 percent and its 2009 prediction to 1.2 percent from 1.5 percent. The central bank raised its inflation forecast for this year to 3.5 percent from 3.4 percent and 2.6 percent from 2.4 percent for 2009.
Sterling fell for a ninth day, reaching a two-year low of $1.7538 after the Bank of England yesterday kept its target lending rate at 5 percent. Policy makers judged the fastest inflation in more than a decade outweighed the risk that the British economy is sinking into a recession.
Banks in the U.K. , Spain and Ireland that have relied on the ECB for low-cost funding will have to pay more as it tightens lending rules to prevent abuses.
The ECB will increase the so-called `haircut’ on most asset-based securities from Feb. 1 to 12 percent from as little as 2 percent, the central bank said yesterday. That means it will lend just 88 percent of the value of the paper.
“The liquidity situation continues to be severe and this could be one reason for the euro to weaken,” said Masafumi Yamamoto, head of foreign exchange strategy for Japan at Royal Bank of Scotland in Tokyo and a former Bank of Japan currency trader. “This also focuses attention on the divergence in banks and economies in the euro region.”
The euro may fall to $1.40 this month after breaking below a cloud on its weekly ichimoku chart used to show support levels, he said.
Last Updated: September 4, 2008 23:04 EDT
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