Thursday, October 25, 2012
Currencies and Central Banking
A lot of clueless or dishonest economic writers in the West at times attempt to make a big deal out of how China is "manipulating" their currency by pegging it at a certain level against the U.S. dollar. But the truth is Western nations are doing the same, except they're doing in a stealth mode that the general population doesn't understand.
The best example of that is the United States, Great Britain and the Euro zone, all of whom, via the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the European Central Bank (ECB), employ strategies to manipulate their respective currencies against one another and other currencies to keep the competition from being overly volatile, to the detriment of one currency against another.
That is done simply through inflating the currency, or in other words, through the printing of paper money, or the creating of digital money out of thin air. If one country does it, such as the the United States when the Federal Reserve announced its most recent round of quantitative easing by buying up $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities indefinitely, other countries will do it as well to ensure their currency doesn't become too strong against the U.S. dollar, which would be detrimental to exports in the country or region.
So if one currency gets weaker, the strategic response is to weaken the competing currency in order to order to keep a predictable balance between the currencies.
This is what maddens these dishonest countries concerning China, which is actually much more honest in its currency policy, announcing it right out in the open and pegging it to the up and down movements of the U.S. dollar.
The Japanese, British and nations of the Euro zone do the same thing, only through the mechanism of printing more money, rather than pegging their currencies to the U.S. dollar; the results are the same, but just hidden behind the smokescreen of money creation.
As those in power continue to strive for a one-world government and economic zone, these are the tools used to hide their practical agenda, as few people understand what's really going on and why.
Moves like this continue to strike a dagger into the heart of free markets, as currencies should be allowed to float freely against one another without government and central banking interference. That's where the markets will determine the outcome and response to it, not central planners who believe they can control the economic world.
The point is we must be vigilant and aware of what is happening and why concerning currencies, as they play a major part in any investment decision across a wide spectrum of equities and commodities.
Because central planners always will fail, eventually this will change as one important country or another decides to go their own way in order to protect their own interests. When that happens some of this currency scenario could quickly change. But for now, it appears there are some deals being made behind closed doors to keep some of the volatility out of the currency market.