Despite bouts of volatility that tend to scare away risk-averse investors, cryptocurrency is more popular than ever, with millennials hoping to cash in on its explosive growth. While legacy coins such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are still the most popular currencies in the world of crypto, other emerging altcoins are gaining momentum and popularity. If you have been living under a rock and have no idea where to get started in your crypto journey, keep reading to find four steps to get started: 1. Pay Attention to What You're Investing In In addition to having your finances in order, when investing in crypto, be mindful that, unlike stocks, most cryptocurrencies are not backed by any … [Read more...]
How Foreign Currencies Act as an Inflation Hedge
One method investors can use to hedge against inflation is investing in a variety of foreign currencies. The key of course is which currencies you choose as an inflation hedge. You need to invest in those countries' currencies, which will provide you with better protection from exchange rate changes to be successful at hedging against inflation. Inflation in the United States has been relatively tame since the 1980s but it is currently at risk due to massive money creation by the FED via Quantitative Easing. However, inflation risk can be mitigated with the help of investment diversification. One method investors who are looking to protect their money against inflation would use is to … [Read more...]
How Does a Country “Export” its Inflation?
This question is interesting because most countries can’t just export their inflation because their currency is exclusive to their country. However, the U.S. is in the unique position of being the “reserve currency” of the world. In addition, several countries like Panama, Ecuador, and Zimbabwe, actually use the U.S. dollar as their currency and don’t even have their own currency at all. So the U.S. currency has a greater than normal influence on other country's economies. Exporting inflation is a Government's dream scenario. If they could print all the money they wanted and not suffer the consequences of their actions, it would be a dream come true for politicians. Printing money boosts … [Read more...]
How the Currency Exchange Rate Can Affect Business
In finance, an exchange rate is the rate at which one currency will be exchanged for another. It is also regarded as the value of one country's currency in relation to another currency.~Wikipedia Currency depreciation happens when a nation’s currency exchange rate (e.g. the Chinese Yuan) decreases in value in comparison to another country’s currency (e.g. the U.S. Dollar). So, if the dollar increases in value compared to the Yuan, it means U.S. based businesses or individuals could receive more for their money from an overseas supplier than they did previously, even if the price in the foreign currency is unchanged. On the other hand, Chinese companies will pay more for … [Read more...]
Can Crypto Solve Venezuela’s Hyperinflation Problem?
It is important to note that Hyperinflation doesn't just happen to a country's currency for no reason. In What is Hyperinflation? we found that "Hyperinflation is an extremely rapid period of inflation, usually caused by a rapid increase in the money supply. Usually due to unrestrained printing of fiat currency." Generally, the increase in the money supply is because the government can't pay its debts so it simply prints more money, these debts are usually the result of War, Corruption, or Fiscal Mismanagement. In Venezuela's case, the problem is not that they don't have the assets (they have some of the largest oil reserves in the world), but rather it is a result of their economic … [Read more...]
U.S. Foreign Exchange and The Chinese Currency Exchange Rate
U.S. Foreign Exchange The number of international corporations and financial professionals that follow the ever-changing ratio of U.S. dollars to Chinese Yuan has increased and expanded beyond its borders. This is an indication of just how critical the trade relationship that binds the world's two largest economies has become. Although the relationship between the United States, Canada and Mexico continues to be even more robust than the Sino-American arrangement, the consumer economy of the United States is heavily dependent upon smooth flows of goods from the workshops of China to the Pacific ports of California and Washington State. In many ways, the continued harmonious economic … [Read more...]
What Is Fiat Currency?
Fiat currency is a term that is used to describe a currency which is created by "fiat" or "arbitrary order or decree" of the government. It is not created by the free market or backed by anything like gold, silver or real estate. It is essentially an "IOU- nothing". A lot of people do not realize that every currency in the world today is considered to be a fiat currency. (Although the Chinese may be working on creating a gold backed currency and several OPEC countries have considered it as well). The US dollar, the euro, the Great Britain pound, the Japanese Yen, and the Australian dollar are all fiat currencies, to name a few. Since everyone uses this type of currency, why is it such a big … [Read more...]
A Thousand Pictures Is Worth One Word
By Jeff Clark, BIG GOLD In spite of constant headlines about debts and deficits, most Americans don’t really believe the U.S. dollar will collapse. From knowledgeable investors who study the markets to those seemingly too busy to worry about such things, most dismiss the idea of the dollar actually going to zero. History has a message for us: No fiat currency has lasted forever. Eventually, they all fail. BMG BullionBars recently published a poster featuring pictures of numerous currencies that have gone bust. Some got there quickly, while others took a century or more. Regardless of how long it took, though, the seductive temptations allowed under a fiat monetary system eventually … [Read more...]
If the Dollar Goes, What Happens to Your Portfolio?
By Jeff Clark, BIG GOLD Have you considered what will happen to your portfolio and all the other areas of your life if the dollar fails? The ramifications will be widespread, painful, and inescapable if you’re not properly diversified. Last month, I attended the Global Currency Expo sponsored by EverBank®. The overarching theme, as you might expect, was that diversification out of one's home currency is paramount. While there were plenty of traders on hand, it was the big-picture talks that had the most pressing messages. I came away feeling that I needed to reexamine my exposure to the dollar. Have you considered what will happen to your portfolio?and all the other areas of your … [Read more...]
by David Galland, Partner, Casey ResearchThe latest data on global gold trends, Q2 2010, just popped into my email box from the World Gold Council. The bad news is that the higher nominal price of gold has caused a 5% decrease in jewelry sales over the prior year. If you’re thinking “Hey, that’s not that bad!”, you’d be right. On this date last year, gold closed at $950… which is $286 below where it trades as I write. In other words, a 30% rise in price has resulted in a decrease of just 5% in jewelry sales. And even that number is skewed, because the currency value of the gold purchased is up – way up. For example, India – the 800-pound gorilla in the global gold jewelry market – … [Read more...]