The decline of the dollar can have some painful impacts on your portfolio in 2005.
- Dec 10, 2004
DEAD IN THE WATER. THING OF THE PAST. NO LONGER RELEVANT.
You’ve heard the descriptions.
No, I’m not talking about Colin Powell.
Nor am I talking about John Snow (although it’s worth noting that
Andy Card, the name mentioned as Snow’s replacement, isn’t
dreaming of a snow-white Christmas anymore).
I’m talking about the U.S. Dollar.
Well Kind of – if you consider haveing a “pulse” being “alive.”
Yes, the dollar is back. A rally in Peoria this week.
But many of you “regular” readers of this column know my thoughts
on the dollar.
In short, if the dollar keeps declining at it’s breakneck pace,
that could have potentially painful effects on your portfolio
Because the United States spends more money than she can afford.
And to spend that money we borrow from foreign governments.
The borrowing largely comes in the form of United States
Treasury bonds that we issue each month.
During the past several years the largest buyers of our bonds
(investors lending us money), have been the leading governments
Theyíve been lending us between $1.5 and $2 billion per day.
To date, the large (and rapidly growing) amount of external debt
has not yet been much of a burden on our economy.
So far weíve had no problem borrowing more money and
interest rates havenít been much of a burden to this point.
Thatís likely to change though.
Foreign governments, believing that our imbalances are too
large, are beginning to purchase less and less of our bonds.
Let me explain. When we issue bonds we borrow in our own
Therefore, by letting the dollar drop, trillions of dollars
are wiped off of the value of our lenders assets.
In other words, we owe the foreign governments that
lent us the money trillions of dollars less than the amount
we actually borrowed.
This amounts to the U.S. ìdefaultingî on its debt.
Not defaulting in the way you and I would default on our
Defaulting in a way that only the most powerful government
in the world could.
To put this in perspective, if the U.S. dollar falls
by 40 percent in value this would amount to the
biggest ìstealth defaultî in world history.
This is, withought question, the biggest problem
facing U.S. investors in 2005.
Because the U.S. MUST borrow money to operate.
But lenders are going to stop lending us money if the
value of what we already owe them drops.
Ultimately (and this is beginning to happen now), they’ll
start to demand higher interest rates.
That (and a host of other issues) could bring on inflation
Inflation is to an investor what quicksand is to a hiker.
*Inflation makes it more expensive for companies like
Intel to build new plants.
*Inflation makes it harder for some companies to pass
increases to their customers.
*That means profit declines, which means a decline
in stock prices.
But inflation can also be a friend to certain companies.
COmpanies that have pricing power. Companies that have
We own companies like this.
As a matter of fact, in our December 15th issue of the
Tycoon Report, we tell you who they are.
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