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Post series: The myth of the strong dollar policy, Part Two

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Myth: The strong dollar policy means that the U.S government will do everything in its power to make the U.S. currency as good as gold.

Reality (as defined at Wikipedia):  “The strong dollar policy is the United States economic policy based on the assumption that a strong exchange rate of the United States dollar is in the interests of the United States and the whole world. It is said to be also driven by a desire to encourage foreign bondholders to buy more Treasury securities. The United States Secretary of the Treasury occasionally states that the US supports a strong dollar. Since the implementation of this policy, the dollar has declined substantially. Despite this, the policy keeps inflation low, encourages foreign investment, and maintains the currency’s role in the global financial system.”


Whenever a U.S. secretary of Treasury utters the word “strong dollar policy,” the question immediately should be asked: “Strong against what?” As outlined in the Wikipedia definition immediately above, the intent of the policy is to make the dollar strong in terms of other currencies, not against goods and services, and for that reason, it is generally misunderstood.

In terms of purchasing power, the dollar is by far worse off today than it was 21 years ago when Robert Rubin first uttered those words as Treasury Secretary (and taken thereafter as self-explanatory). For certain, there have been periods when the dollar has strengthened against a broad basket of currencies, but to apply former senator Alan Simpson’s famous description of the U.S. economy to the dollar: “It is the healthiest horse in the glue factory.”

To illustrate the point I have three charts for you.

The first tells the long-term story on the U.S. dollar since 1913 and passage of the Federal Reserve Act which established the Federal Reserve System as the central bank of the United States and Federal Reserve notes, i.e., the dollar, as the national currency. The results in terms of the dollar’s purchasing power are worth noting. Since 1913, the U.S. dollar has lost 96% of its purchasing power when measured against the Consumer Price Index.


The second tells the long-term story on the U.S. dollar since 1971, the year the United States went off the gold standard, freed the dollar to float against other national currencies and ushered in the fiat dollar international monetary system. Since 1971, the U.S. dollar has lost 83.6% of its purchasing power when measured against the Consumer Price Index. Simultaneously, gold has appreciated 3428%. (at $1200/oz)

The third tells the story on the U.S. dollar since 1995, the year then Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin first used the phrase “strong dollar policy.” Since 1995, the U.S. dollar has lost almost 40% of its purchasing power when measured against the Consumer Price Index – a period by most accounts of generally benign inflation.  Simultaneously, gold has appreciated 317%. (at $1200/oz)

Source : www.usagold.com
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Michael J. Kosares is the founder of USAGOLD-Centennial Precious Metals, Inc., the author of "The ABCs of Gold Investing: How to Protect and Build Your Wealth with Gold", and numerous magazine and internet articles and essays. He is also writes a popular weekly Client Letter on the gold market. Mr. Kosares is frequently interviewed in the financial press and is well-known for his on-going commentary on the gold market and its economic, political and financial underpinnings. He has over 30 years experience in the gold business. USAGOLD-Centennial Precious Metals is one of the oldest and most prestigious gold firms serving private investors in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia.
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