Image via WikipediaFrom Kudlow to Cramer, there is a hue and cry throughout the United States investment community (or most of it) for the propping up of King dollar. The King has reigned supreme for over 50 years as the most accepted currency worldwide, and a safe haven for value. Now, however, perception and reality maybe beginning to diverge.
Russia today went public expressing the benefits of a strong U.S. dollar, while quietly trying to divest what is left of their international reserves into other stores of value.
China, while using it's substantial foreign reserves (1.4 Trillion) to prop up it's own domestic economy, is also quietly seeking international input into developing an international currency or bank of currencies, possibly set by the world bank. Is there a Prince in waiting? The answer is no! At least not now!
The BP and the Euro have been trashed by their own economic mismanagement and the spillover from America. The Gold standard has been essentially abandoned over 40 years ago, and there is no other currency with the same acceptance level as the usd. China has it's currency directly tied to the usd (which causes all kinds of related problems), the Russian Ruble is, well, the Russian Ruble! The Japanese yen has had a severe case of the money flu for 10 years. India, Brazil, not even close! The renmimbi? Not hardly!
However, with the u.s. economy going 10.7 Trillion into debt by the end of this year, it's economy suffering from so many other ailments in housing, jobs, infrastructure and the big banks Derivatives debacle, we may be seeing the first serious cracks in the throne. Many money managers see serious inflation 2-3 years out. That can only mean more devaluation of King dollar.
Americans should be aware of a wake-up call that occurred this year. The members of the BRIC Countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China)held their first joint meeting as a group of rising economic powers. Can the King get hit by a BRIC?
How can this affect "your retirefund"?
That is between you and your financial adviser. Get good advice, make a plan, follow the plan. Putting U.S. dollars in your mattress is far and away, the worst plan you could have at this point, unless, of course, your mattress is the size of Philadelphia!