I received an interesting email on Saturday from Bob Hoye at Institutional Advisors regarding “Currency Wars”.
Bob writes …
Currency wars are very much the talk of the times. This was also the case in the last postbubble contraction when many countries sought to enhance exports through depreciation. And “beggar thy neighbour” policy was a feature of the early 1930s as well.
This time around it is an intelligentsia stricken by the fear of deflation, trying to ramp up anything that trades. But commodity markets and producer prices have not been “accommodating” central bankers. Instead there has been rampant inflation in financial assets, which has reached excessive levels of speculation. Clearly, it is a “beggar thy taxpayer” policy.