From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Wed Oct 31 2007 - 17:12:08 EDT
Dollar seems to be in rapid decline now, BBC reports that a dollar has fallen to 46 pence today. Not as low as it was in the 60s but heading that way. From: OPE-L [mailto:OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU] On Behalf Of Alejandro Valle Baeza Sent: 31 October 2007 19:34 To: OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU Subject: [OPE-L] IMF warns of abrupt dollar fall IMF warns of abrupt dollar fall By Eoin Callan in Washington Financial Times published: October 22 2007 20:03 | Last updated: October 22 2007 20:03 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fe12cdc8-80cc-11dc-9f14-0000779fd2ac.html?ncli ck_check=1 The dollar hit a record low against the euro on Monday as Rodrigo Rato, managing director of the International Monetary Fund warned that the US currency could suffer a dramatic fall that would shake confidence in American assets. The outgoing IMF managing director said the depreciation of the dollar had been orderly, but cautioned there was a risk of a runaway sell-off that would hit growth in major economies. The risks of a disorderly fall in the US currency appeared to increase over the weekend after the IMF failed to agree internal reforms that would have set the stage for it to take on a greater role managing global economic imbalances. "Up to now, movements in exchange rates have been orderly and in line with fundamentals. But there are risks that an abrupt fall in the dollar could either be triggered by, or itself trigger, a loss of confidence in dollar assets," Mr Rato said. Hank Paulson, US Treasury secretary, said the IMF needed to press on with efforts to make its surveillance of member country exchange rate policies more effective, adding it was a "defining issue" for the fund. "IMF staff need to roll up their sleeves, undertake thorough analysis and put forward their judgments. Without meaningful exchange rate surveillance, governance and management, reform will ring hollow," he said. Mr Paulson joined finance ministers from the Group of Seven most advanced economies at the weekend in urging China to let its renminbi appreciate more rapidly. Some policymakers also expressed concern that the fall in the value of the US dollar was being disproportionately absorbed by currencies such as the euro and Canadian dollar, rather than Asian currencies, including the renminbi. Mr Rato warned that this trend could hamper growth and fuel support for populist economic policies in these countries, adding that the global economy could be at an "inflection point". He said there was "a risk that exchange rate appreciation in countries with flexible exchange rates - including the euro area - could hurt their growth prospects, and that in these circumstances protectionist pressures could worsen". The managing director called for governments to implement policy actions in order to reduce global current account imbalances and not rely on exchange rates to achieve the adjustment. But the fund suffered a setback to its efforts to facilitate such understandings between governments after members failed to agree a formula to give more say in the IMF to fast-growing economies. The dollar hit a record low of $1.4348 against the euro, before climbing slightly, while sterling also rose as high as $2.0537 against the US currency. Japan's yen hit a six-week high of Y113.27 against the dollar.
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