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    Jcollins SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 AT 2:23 AM

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    Jcollins SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 AT 2:23 AM

    Post  Carol on Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:01 pm

    Jcollins
    SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 AT 2:23 AM

    I would hold mostly currency of emerging economies, especially those with trade surpluses and big foreign exchange reserves. A little gold. More silver. And a constant stream of incoming knowledge from multiple sources. The ability to remain nimble and make quick decisions will be instrumental. In addition, modernization and infrastructure development in the emerging economies will push commodities up again. It’s cyclical. Just may take a year or two more.

    SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 AT 3:22 AM
    Many thanks for your prompt reply, JC. Much appreciated. Your thoughts are very similar to mine. Incoming information is the least of our problems these days! When you refer to “currency of emerging economies,” do you mean bank deposits and/or money market funds in those currencies and, if so, what would your assessment be of the risk posed by bank insolvencies/resolutions/bail-ins during the process of transition to the new Multilateral Financial System, please? I recall this article making a big impression on me:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11686199/Its-time-to-hold-physical-cash-says-one-of-Britains-most-senior-fund-managers.html

    In that context the idea of abolishing cash and making currency 100% digital sounds like a bad one to me.

    Thanks again!

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    SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 AT 12:29 PM
    I agree. And yes, my approach is that if you can’t hold it in your hand than it isn’t yours. As such, cash in hand is golden.

    SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 AT 3:41 AM
    JC – Another well written and informative post.

    One thing, you mention alternative “Safe Havens” to the USD, being the euro and Yuan.

    Given what we are currently seeing in both those jurisdictions (Euro – with many of the member nations being technically bankrupt, China which is experiencing multiple bubbles e.g. property and equities) I am interested in why you believe either of them would be safe havens.

    Cheers

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    SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 AT 12:32 PM

    Not all euro zone countries have debt issues, and the US equity markets have dropped more than China’s since the beginning of the year. Don’t believe all the hype you hear or read. The euro and yuan are slowly accumulating more and more in the foreign exchange reserve accounts. This will increase in the coming months and years. This is what will build further confidence in both currencies as safe havens in a time of crisis. Along with the USD, this will provide investors with three safe havens.

    SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 AT 4:59 AM
    Off the cuff question JC…the other day I was thinking about when the USD became the reserve currency and how the Bancor was dismissed at Bretton Woods (reason unknown, maybe just wasn’t it’s time as the prototype needed to be tested, i.e. USD?, then a second Beta Test, the SDR?) Does this make any sense or am I waaaay off the mark?

    I mean, if one wants to assure as best they can that something will succeed it needs to be tested and tweaked as it goes along.

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    SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 AT 12:35 PM

    That could be the case. You are right, there is a lack on information on this matter. I know you have been researching into this, as have I. Something tells me that to understand why the dollar was chosen over the bancor back in 1944 will tell us a lot about what is going to happen in the coming years. I keep coming back to it. Let’s stay on it.


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    Re: Jcollins SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 AT 2:23 AM

    Post  Carol on Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:20 pm



    SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 AT 2:55 PM
    JC- what do you think is going to happen with the equity markets in Brazil, India, and Russia when China takes off? Will they be along for the ride or will China be the only benefactor?

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    SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 AT 3:07 PM
    Strap in brother. Infrastructure projects in emerging markets will be the new modernization.


    AUGUST 28, 2015 AT 6:06 PM
    I had no idea how complicated the trade and monetary system is, especially trade.
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    AUGUST 28, 2015 AT 6:21 PM
    Understandable Dottie. Here is a link which may explain things in a more clear fashion.

    http://www.econlib.org/library/Topics/HighSchool/BalanceofTradeandBalanceofPayments.html

    The added challenge for the US is that they hold the reserve currency which keeps accumulating in the foreign exchange reserve accounts. That is where the real imbalances begin. Once the shift away from reserve status (at least primary reserve) the US will be able to depreciate the dollar accordingly (not collapse) and increase their exports. Things will shift and all my great neighbors to the south will do just fine in the coming years. More trade. More exports. More jobs.

    We all just need to survive the coming volatility.


    AUGUST 27, 2015 AT 11:54 PM
    So the US congress is the issue. So what exactly is the US congress hoping for? Are they just not wanting China to be in the game or what? Or are they just playing hard ball to get a better deal?

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    AUGUST 28, 2015 AT 12:06 AM
    It’s a big point of speculation Dottie. My opinion has been that the Republicans represent large American business interests which will be hurt internationally when the reforms are implemented. Or in the months and years after.


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