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Mtl JP 19:27 GMT March 1, 2008
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Singapore NAI H H 16:42 GMT March 1, 2008
Can anyone give some hints with regards to AUD USD movement on coming Monday. Will AUD USD go lower or higher as RBA is hiking interest rate by 25bp.
The Netherlands Purk 15:11 GMT March 1, 2008
Of course, have to negotiate with market about that level.... but he will do it...
The Netherlands Purk 15:06 GMT March 1, 2008
Right. I have calculated that market will go back to the gaps 14973-79-84 (e/u). Look out for those bottoms because waiting for profit and it takes a 100 pip jump is not nice... So i will close all possies there. See ya all there.
Geneva 06:59 GMT March 1, 2008
The US part from Buffet letter-
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The U.S. dollar weakened further in 2007 against major currencies, and itâ€™s no mystery why:
Americans like buying products made elsewhere more than the rest of the world likes buying products
made in the U.S. Inevitably, that causes America to ship about $2 billion of IOUs and assets daily to the
rest of the world. And over time, that puts pressure on the dollar.
When the dollar falls, it both makes our products cheaper for foreigners to buy and their products
more expensive for U.S. citizens. Thatâ€™s why a falling currency is supposed to cure a trade deficit. Indeed,
the U.S. deficit has undoubtedly been tempered by the large drop in the dollar. But ponder this: In 2002
when the Euro averaged 94.6Â˘, our trade deficit with Germany (the fifth largest of our trading partners) was
$36 billion, whereas in 2007, with the Euro averaging $1.37, our deficit with Germany was up to $45
billion. Similarly, the Canadian dollar averaged 64Â˘ in 2002 and 93Â˘ in 2007. Yet our trade deficit with
Canada rose as well, from $50 billion in 2002 to $64 billion in 2007. So far, at least, a plunging dollar has
not done much to bring our trade activity into balance.
Thereâ€™s been much talk recently of sovereign wealth funds and how they are buying large pieces
of American businesses. This is our doing, not some nefarious plot by foreign governments. Our trade
equation guarantees massive foreign investment in the U.S. When we force-feed $2 billion daily to the rest
of the world, they must invest in something here. Why should we complain when they choose stocks over
Our countryâ€™s weakening currency is not the fault of OPEC, China, etc. Other developed
countries rely on imported oil and compete against Chinese imports just as we do. In developing a sensible
trade policy, the U.S. should not single out countries to punish or industries to protect. Nor should we take
actions likely to evoke retaliatory behavior that will reduce Americaâ€™s exports, true trade that benefits both
our country and the rest of the world.
Our legislators should recognize, however, that the current imbalances are unsustainable and
should therefore adopt policies that will materially reduce them sooner rather than later. Otherwise our $2
billion daily of force-fed dollars to the rest of the world may produce global indigestion of an unpleasant
sort. (For other comments about the unsustainability of our trade deficits, see Alan Greenspanâ€™s comments
on November 19, 2004, the Federal Open Market Committeeâ€™s minutes of June 29, 2004, and Ben
Bernankeâ€™s statement on September 11, 2007.)
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At Berkshire we held only one direct currency position during 2007. That was in â€“ hold your
breath â€“ the Brazilian real. Not long ago, swapping dollars for reals would have been unthinkable. After
all, during the past century five versions of Brazilian currency have, in effect, turned into confetti. As has
been true in many countries whose currencies have periodically withered and died, wealthy Brazilians
sometimes stashed large sums in the U.S. to preserve their wealth.
But any Brazilian who followed this apparently prudent course would have lost half his net worth
over the past five years. Hereâ€™s the year-by-year record (indexed) of the real versus the dollar from the end
of 2002 to yearend 2007: 100; 122; 133; 152; 166; 199. Every year the real went up and the dollar fell.
Moreover, during much of this period the Brazilian government was actually holding down the value of the
real and supporting our currency by buying dollars in the market.
Our direct currency positions have yielded $2.3 billion of pre-tax profits over the past five years,
and in addition we have profited by holding bonds of U.S. companies that are denominated in other
currencies. For example, in 2001 and 2002 we purchased â‚¬310 million Amazon.com, Inc. 6 7/8 of 2010 at
57% of par. At the time, Amazon bonds were priced as â€śjunkâ€ť credits, though they were anything but.
(Yes, Virginia, you can occasionally find markets that are ridiculously inefficient â€“ or at least you can find
them anywhere except at the finance departments of some leading business schools.)
The Euro denomination of the Amazon bonds was a further, and important, attraction for us. The
Euro was at 95Â˘ when we bought in 2002. Therefore, our cost in dollars came to only $169 million. Now
the bonds sell at 102% of par and the Euro is worth $1.47. In 2005 and 2006 some of our bonds were
called and we received $253 million for them. Our remaining bonds were valued at $162 million at
yearend. Of our $246 million of realized and unrealized gain, about $118 million is attributable to the fall
in the dollar. Currencies do matter.
USA BAY 00:19 GMT March 1, 2008
GBP/CHF seem to have ended wave iii, and hence wave iv should begin taking the prices up capped by 2.18xx.
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