Japan Desperately Needs a Stronger Dollar, China Desperately Wants a Weaker Dollar: The Fed Can’t Please Both

by Charles Hugh Smith
Of Two Minds

The FX market is about to blow up in the Fed’s face, and there’s nothing they can do about it.

Foreign exchange (FX) is a zero-sum game: if one currency weakens, another must strengthen. Since the value of a currency is relative to other currencies, all currencies can’t weaken together: at least one currency must strengthen as others weaken.

That one strengthening currency has been the U.S. dollar (USD) since mid-2014. The USD has strengthened by 20%, while the Japanese yen and the euro weakened by 20%. Many developing-economy currencies (rand, peso, real, etc.) have fallen off a cliff, suffering 40% to 50% (or even more) declines against the U.S. dollar.

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