An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Last Days of US Dollar?

Here is this guy predicting the end of US Dollar. He thinks that there is a big mess out there in the financial markets and it will only get worse and worse… resulting finally in an implosion. What do you think?

The great debate among those of us on the Economy Deathwatch seems to be whether the debacle we observe around us will resolve as a crash or a slow-motion financial train wreck. It seems to me that at every layer of the system, we’re susceptible to both — in tradable paper, institutional legitimacy, individual solvency, productive activity, real employment, “consumer” behavior, and energy resources. Some things are crashing as I write.

The dollar is losing about a cent every three weeks against other currencies. A penny doesn’t seem like much, but keep that pace up for another year and the world’s “reserve currency” becomes the world’s reserve toilet paper. Oil prices are poised to enter the triple-digit realm, the psychological effect of which may be jarring to 200 million not-so-happy motorists. The value of chipboard-and-vinyl houses is tanking beyond question. Of course, the government’s consumer price inflation figures and employment numbers are dismissed broadly as lacking credence. But anybody who has bought a bag of onions and a jar of jam lately knows that things are way up in the supermarket aisles, and so many illegal Mexican migrants were employed in the Sunbelt housing boom, that their absence in the bust won’t register on any chart.

It’s hard to describe what constitutes the bulk of the stuff moving through the world’s financial markets for the simple reason that it was purposely-designed to be so abstruse and provisional that traders would be too intimidated to ask what it represents — and the growing terrified suspicion is that it’s mostly worthless. By this I refer to the global freak show of derivatives, concocted “plays” on hypothetical “positions,” credit default swaps, arbitrages in imagined “differentials,” nifty equations, hedges, promises, algorithms executed by robots, and “off-book” wishes chartered in the Cayman Islands. Probably all of them, in one way or another, are just scams, since they are unaffiliated with productive activity.

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