The U.S. Dollar Index. How Low Can It Go?

The U.S. Dollar Index is once again trading lower this morning. The U.S. Dollar Index is a basket of six other leading currencies verse the U.S. Dollar. Most commodities are traded in U.S. Dollars and this makes the dollar the worlds reserve currency. In June 2010, the U.S. Dollar Index was trading around $88.70, today the dollar is trading at $76.66. This is nearly a 14.0 percent decline in just nine months.

Food and energy inflation is soaring around the world. The more diluted the dollar becomes the higher commodity prices can go. Gold and silver have been soaring to new decade highs. Oil, copper, cotton, coffee, and other commodities continue to soar. However, the Federal Reserve says that inflation is contained. Purchasing power by people on fixed incomes is declining rapidly. Retirees are starting to really feel the high inflation as a larger potion of their income is now going toward food and energy. Riots and protests continue to escalate around the world over the high price of food.

Normally, when the U.S. Dollar Index declines the stock market has inflated higher. That has not been the case over the past few days as the stock market and the U.S. Dollar Index have declined together. This is certainly a change in character to what we have been used to seeing. As long as the U.S. Dollar Index remains weak many investors feel that gold, silver, and oil are the safe havens trades.

The U.S. Dollar Index is a weighted geometric mean of the dollar’s value compared only with:

Euro  57.6% weight
Japanese Yen 13.6% weight.
Pound Sterling  11.9% weight
Canadian Dollar  9.1% weight
Swedish Krona  4.2% weight and
Swiss Franc  3.6% weight.

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Nicholas Santiago started trading in 1991. In 1997, he became a licensed Series 7 and 63 registered representative. He managed money for a large, affluent private client group. After applying his knowledge to his client base, he decided it was time to begin teaching those interested in learning his methods. He is an expert in Technical Analysis. He has become an accomplished technician in the studies of Elliot Wave, Gann Theory, Dow Theory and Cycle Theory. In 2007, he partnered with Gareth Soloway to form InTheMoneyStocks.Com and realize his dream of educating others about the truth of the markets.

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1 Comment on The U.S. Dollar Index. How Low Can It Go?

  1. I could not agree with you more! I have been watching the dollar index for a couple of years now and it is getting alittle scary.
    You are right GET OUT OF DOLLARS, NOW!!!!!!

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