Sunday, April 22, 2018

Trump's Desire to Destroy the Value of the US Dollar

Robert Burgess of Bloomberg correctly notes:
If there was any doubt that the White House is actively seeking to weaken the dollar, then a tweet from President Donald Trump Monday should put the issue to rest. Trump wrote on Twitter that “Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable!” The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index promptly fell the most in three weeks.

 By singling out the currencies of China and Russia, Trump is effectively putting the foreign-exchange market on notice that a race to the bottom is on. In Trump’s view, one of the keys to winning a trade war is through a weak currency, which helps make exports more attractive. Last April he grumbled about the dollar, telling the Wall Street Journal, “I think our dollar is getting too strong, and partially that’s my fault because people have confidence in me.” Then in January, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that a weaker dollar is good for U.S. trade. “These weak dollar expectations will remain entrenched in currency markets, especially if the administration continues its mercantilist policy focus,” Viraj Patel, a London-based currency strategist at ING Groep, told Bloomberg News. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index is down 6.79 percent since Trump’s election victory and 10.8 percent since his inauguration, a move that some strategists cited as reason for the rally in stocks last year. But Trump is playing a dangerous game with the dollar.  
Of course, what a weak dollar really does is make foreign goods more expensive for Americans. It will be one of the driving factors of the acceleration in price inflation that I expect.

Trump has an incredibly naive mercantilist view on trade that will do nothing but shrink trade and lower the standard of living for us all.

-Robert Wenzel  

1 comment:

  1. This should ensure the value of the $USD will go up up up breaking out to new all time highs. Then the world will abandon the US dollar.