Monday, January 28, 2013

Currency Wars the New Normal

Even though some people such as International Monetary Fund chief economist Olivier Blanchard have attempted to downplay the stimulus released into economies by central banks around the world, which has resulting in currency wars, the reality is that more countries will respond to the aggressive actions of the Federal Reserve, which has been the institution that fired the first, gigantic salvo, which has instigated the wars.

Bizarrely, Douglas McWilliams, who is over the Centre for Economics and Business Research, based in London, blames the Bank of Japan as the entity that launched the currency wars, even though the United States has aggressively debased the U.S. dollar for several years.

Most other developed nations are looking closely at the value of their currencies versus the U.S. dollar, especially China, Germany, and the European Union, as they will respond in kind if it looks like exports, and thus growth, will be seriously hampered by the easy-money policies of America and the Federal Reserve.

It's unlikely these practices will end any time soon, as the Federal Reserve is committed to creating money out of thin air in order to attempt to grow the U.S. economy, even though the practice continues to fail to reach that goal, even while the debt continues to pile up.

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