Skip to comments.Putin, Ahmadinejad and the New Currency Cold War
Posted on 09/29/2007 11:08:52 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
There is a sinister reason why the U.S. dollar is falling against all currencies, pushing the Canadian Loonie to parity and way beyond to US$1.25 in a year or so.
There is a Currency Cold War being waged by Russia, Iran and various allies such as Venezuela.
Putin wants to force the use of euros as a reserve currency instead of dollars for oil and other transactions, then eventually the ruble. This is simply a monetary version of the old Cold War, minus the missiles.
Alliances are falling along the usual lines: In Russias camp are Americas enemies or those strong-armed due to the fact that they are wholly, or mostly, dependent on oil or natural gas from Moscow. Like Austria.
The strategy is working in conjunction with the fact that the dollar weakens due to high debts, large military budgets and growing trade deficits. And as the dollar falls, not only do other currencies rise in value but the value of real things increases too such as oil (now at US$83 a barrel, gold, copper, lead, steel).
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All of this is negative for trading partners like Canada which has seen its currency soar against the U.S. dollar and Canadian manufacturers and exporters bleed.
The pain is also great for the Asian Tigers, friendly Saudis, Emirates and Japan which receive payment in American currency and obligingly keep the proceeds in dollars. They have taken a monstrous haircut in value of late and there is talk of earmarking some reserves in euros.
(By the way, the recycling of petrodollars into U.S. reserves is enormous and represents an interest-free loan to the Americans which they may not count on indefinitely. For instance, there is a special section of the U.S. Department of Treasury devoted to providing a special auction process for Saudi Arabia and its residents so they can buy billions in U.S. T-bills. And the fleet is in the Gulf and boots on the ground to insure the money keeps flowing, but thats another story.)
The Currency Cold War is in its infancy but Americans are, and must take this very seriously.
The Russians intend to undermine the worlds only hegemon and its former enemy, the United States and President-for-life Vlad Putin and his KGB pals last year launched a ruble exchange for some deals.
A continuing drop in the U.S. dollar will have a number of interesting consequences: -- Commodity prices will keep increasing, particularly gold as its a currency substitute to many. -- China and other trading partners long on U.S. dollars, and under attack by protectionists in the U.S., will have increasing leverage over Congress. -- Europeans will find their currency puts them into an uncompetitive position. -- Europeans will find that Russia will try to scupper attempts to diversify energy supplies. Russias deal with Iran eliminates competition. -- The Americans may end up with surplus dollars, no longer needed for reserves-currency transactions, which will force repatriation and inflation in their economy. -- This is bad for Canada because whats bad for America is bad for Canada.
All Canadian products will become more expensive for Americans to buy; all American products will become less expensive for Canadians to buy.
They're taking a bath with oil at $82? I don't think so.
We are witnessing the end of an era.
That photo op looks like a good smart-bomb op.
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Posted on 09/29/2007 1:37:13 PM EDT by frithguild
What a fascinating theory!
If the dollar stays low for long it will be profitable to move to coal-gasification and other forms of energy that have in the past been too expensive.
After the start-up costs have been paid the manufacturing costs will be lower and even a drop in ME oil price will not make us move back to dependence on them.
the same reason as why little dogs bark the loudest.
Putin wants to force the use of euros as a reserve currency instead of dollars for oil and other transactions, then eventually the ruble.==
So what? Russia has to do anything in her interests which brings her more profits. Going to Euros profits her more since the major trade partner of russia is EU zone. SO it is completely sane to switch to Euros for her.