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Stephen Roach

The Dollar's Crash Is Only Just Beginning

America's net domestic savings rate has fallen by the most on record, making the economy even more reliant on foreign money.

The dollar’s strength is waning.

The dollar’s strength is waning.

Photographer: Bloomberg

After an initial spike higher, the dollar has been falling steadily since the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in the U.S. last March. It is down about 10% to 12% relative to America’s major trading partners, dropping to its weakest levels since early 2018 as measured by several of the broad dollar indexes. There is more to come.

Based on a wildly unpopular forecast that I made in June of a 35% decline in the value of the dollar by the end of 2021, we are only in the third inning of a nine-inning baseball game. If that forecast comes to pass, it will provide an important exclamation point on the first year in office for America’s 46th president, Joe Biden.