The Euro is a credible currency

Quantitative Easing (which used to be called deficit monetization) is justified – in this clip – by ECB president Jean Claude Trichet. Monetary policy works…. eventually, and when it does it tends to result in high levels of inflation.

Some people said the Euro wouldn’t last a decade, for our part, we hope that they are proven to be wrong, the will of society is a very powerful incentive and can be the difference between what should happen in theory and what actually occurs, for that reason I think the Euro will pull through but there will need to be some serious changes made in the way that the Eurozone manages itself.

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Currency markets Q4 of 2008

In the last few weeks we have seen some of the most volatile currency markets in history. Iceland (Króna) as a nation basically went bankrupt, there are serious currency risks in Hungary (the Forint), the Ukraine (the Hryvnia) and several other countries.

The downside is that this may be the prelude to a currency crisis not unlike that which we saw in Asia in the late 90’s. The move has been playing out in the markets at a time when most of us are concentrating on the Credit Crunch/Liquidity Crisis. The dollar was as low as $1.60 to the Euro and $2.10 to Sterling, then it snapped back to $1.25 and $1.60 respectively.

The Australian and Kiwi Dollars both got hammered, Iceland was next in line then the South African Rand and Polish Zloty took a beating. The South Korean Won and then the Hungarian Forint suffered, the Czech Republic Koruna is facing issues and the Mexican Peso is …

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