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Dollar Crisis: Economic Pearl Harbor?

If China abandons the dollar for the euro, Americans will surely suffer. So far, that prospect has sparked mainly U.S. indignation

What do Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen and the People's Republic of China have in common? The answer, as of last week, is that both distrust the dollar.

Patricia Bündchen, the twin sister and manager of the world's top model, announced that Gisele now prefers to be paid in euros rather than dollars. Almost simultaneously, the Chinese central bank predicted that the dollar is likely to lose its status as the world's leading currency.