AMERICAN DOLLAR IN LOONY BIN
The story of the soaring Canadian dollar is dramatic and dangerous.
It is about the decline of the American dollar as the world's currency of choice.
It is about the end of a world financial system
that has given the developed world unprecedented wealth.
It is about America's economic chickens coming home to roost.
It is about the end of empire.
Dear Orwell Today,
re: JFK & FEDERAL RESERVE
While the initial link would not work anymore... I did a 'search' on the JFK Library new site.... and the library 'REFUSES' to show Executive Order 11110. And 'tries' to get users to view 1110 instead.
I pushed the only link on their site referring to this odd 11110 document.... and they sent me to the assassination archive and NOT any view of this historic document.
Can you email me a full, un-edited original copy of Exec. Order 11110??
Thank you, it's looking like a coverup,
Sorry, but all I have of JFK's Executive Order #11110 is the excerpt on the JFK & FEDERAL RESERVE webpage cited above and where - as you say - the link has been re-routed to something else.
At this time - as we approach the 44th anniversary of JFK's death - the worst of his fears for the fiscal and monetary situation of the United States have been realized. The Western World is becoming an economic basket case - crushed by competition from slave-labour - something President Lincoln led a Civil War against. See JFK DEFENDED $ FROM IMF and LINCOLN, KENNEDY & MONEY and CHINA'S SLAVE WORKERS
See the following stories:
Loonie's rise signals end of American era (a new world currency?). Toronto Star, Nov 8, 2007
U.S. dollar & China, gasoline, U.S. equities, GM. Financial Post, Nov 8, 2007
All the best,
Chinese trade collapsing US dollar
Financial Post, Nov 8, 2007
The focus this morning once again is on the U.S. Dollar. It has virtually collapsed in overnight trading following news from a Chinese official who stated that, “In terms of the structure of our foreign exchange reserves, we should take advantage of the appreciation of strong currencies to offset the depreciation of weak currencies”. The Chinese are believed to own $1.3 trillion in U.S. backed securities (mainly U.S. treasuries). Implication is that the Chinese at best will defer purchases of additional U.S. Dollars assets as part of its foreign currency reserves. At worst, it could become a net seller of U.S. Dollar assets implying long term selling pressure on the U.S. Dollar. Impact on markets following the Chinese statement was wide and significant. Commodities priced in U.S. Dollars (e.g. crude oil, gold, silver, aluminum, etc) rose sharply. All major currencies moved higher with the Canadian Dollar and Euro moving to an all time high. Wholesale unleaded gasoline prices broke above $2.45 U.S. per gallon to an all time high.
U.S. equity markets responded by moving sharply lower in overnight trading. Dow Industrial futures are down 127 points and S&P 500 Index futures are off 15 points in pre-opening trade. Both are expected to test their 200 day moving average at the opening. General Motors also contributed to weakness in U.S. equity prices. General Motors reported a third quarter loss of $39 billion, the second largest loss ever recorded by a corporation. The loss included additional write downs from its GMAC unit indirectly related to the sub prime debacle. In addition, the company is being impacted by slowing demand for autos and trucks in the U.S.
Loonie's rise signals end of American era
(a new world currency?)
by Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star, Nov 8, 2007
The euro surged to a record high against the U.S. dollar yesterday, touching $1.4731, a 65 per cent gain since the end of 2001. Analysts say the euro has become the main threat to the U.S. dollar's dominance; while political leaders worry its rising value is hurting European exports. The euro made its debut as an accounting currency in 1999 and was put into wide circulation as physical money in 2002. It is the currency of the 13-country euro zone, which includes Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Finland. In December 2006, the combined value of all euro notes in circulation exceeded that of the U.S. dollar for the first time. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said yesterday currency "disarray" – including a weak U.S. dollar and overvalued Chinese yuan – could lead to "economic war."
The story of the soaring Canadian dollar is no longer just about shopping in Buffalo or the troubles faced by domestic exporters. It is no longer just about Canada at all. Rather, the story of the soaring Canadian dollar is now about something far more dramatic and dangerous. It is about the decline of the American dollar as the world's currency of choice. It is about the end of a world financial system that has been in place, in one form or another, since the 1930s and that has given the developed world unprecedented wealth. It is about America's economic chickens coming home to roost. It is about the end of empire.
And for Canada, which has prospered from its privileged position near the heart of this empire, it is potentially very bad news. At the heart of the problem is a development that Canadians have difficulty getting used to: The American dollar, which we tend to see as a fixed star in the firmament of currencies, is falling. It is falling relative to every major currency – the euro, the Japanese yen, the British pound. It is falling relative to gold. It is falling relative to oil. The fact that a barrel of oil now costs about 40 per cent more than it did in August is tied in large part to the depreciation of the currency in which its value is measured: The U.S. dollar.
Every successful empire brings with it an imperial currency. In Roman times, the denarius dominated trade in what is now Europe. At the height of the British Empire, the pound sterling was literally as good as gold. Similarly, when empires wane, so do their currencies. As Rome overextended itself with military adventures, it devalued the denarius. In 1931, depression-torn Britain officially served notice that its empire was on the rocks when it decoupled the pound from gold. Since then, the U.S. dollar has been the world's currency of choice. Arab princelings demanded dollars for their oil. So did Colombian cocaine dealers.
When China abandoned Maoism, it was dollars that Communist authorities wanted in exchange for the exports they sent abroad. So it was perhaps appropriate, yesterday, that it fell to Chinese central banker Xu Jian to announce officially what economists have been saying for years: the dollar is "losing its status as a world currency." China, he explained, would no longer keep just American dollars in its reserves but would diversify its holdings to include other major currencies. Given that China's central bank holds $1.43 trillion worth of U.S. dollars, that was not an insignificant statement.
The reasons for the dollar's decline are familiar. Like the Romans and British before them, the Americans have overextended themselves. As a country, they import more than they export. As individuals, they spend more than they earn. Up to now, these excesses have been balanced by the rest of the world's willingness to hold dollars. China, for instance, was willing to take dollars in exchange for useful manufactured goods because it believed the U.S. currency would hold its value.
In a sense, it was like a giant pyramid scheme. As long as everyone believed the dollar was strong, it remained strong. But as soon as a crack appeared, the edifice shuddered. If the American dollar were just America's dollar, none of this might matter. Indeed, a lower U.S. dollar, by boosting American exports, will help the U.S. get through any downturn sparked by that country's housing and mortgage crises. But the U.S. dollar is not just America's. It is the world's currency; it provides a platform of stability on which other countries can operate.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy sounded the alarm yesterday in his address to the U.S. Congress. For America to stand by and let its dollar collapse, he said, is to risk a trade war of global dimensions. What he meant was that Europe would not let the U.S. engage in competitive devaluation without retaliating. And this is the danger for Canada. As a small trading nation, Canada is sure to be sideswiped in an all-out trade war. As a small trading nation, Canada also depends on a stable international financial system based on a stable international currency. So forget the minor ups and downs of the loonie. Sure, it matters if the Canadian dollar sits at $1.08 (U.S.) or $0.88. But it matters more if the U.S. dollar itself is under stress. The key development yesterday was not the fact that Canada's dollar closed down slightly from the day before. It was the fact that, relative to the euro, the U.S. dollar hit a record low.
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