Thursday, March 26, 2009


thanks to merkel and sarkozy we will have a LESS FRAUDULENT
international finance regime by april 2009.

Obama and Brown will have no choice but to agree.

Today we saw Geithner caving in... if you can't beat them,
join them.

China has put its foot down.. the world is no longer prepared to
finance the USA and Britain and the angloamerican waste.

OTTAWA, March 26 (Reuters) - China's proposal to replace the US dollar as the international reserve currency will not get much attention at the upcoming G20
US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner proposed creating a powerful systemic risk regulator with the authority to probe deep into non-bank financial enterprises ...

The plan announced this week by the US Treasury secretary Tim Geithner
is designed to clear away a large load of so-called "toxic assets"
clogging up America's financial system. But what are these assets? And
how will the plan work?

Normal loans go bad every time the economy enters a recession, as
companies' profits fall and mortgage-holders lose their jobs. But on
top of that familiar problem, banks and other financial institutions
have created complex financial securities, called derivatives, so
blindingly complicated that even the people creating them didn't
really understand them.


Wall Street Journal - .Mar 25, 2009.
In a recent essay, Zhou Xiaochuan, the head of China's central bank, recommended creating an expanded reserve currency made up of a basket of major ...


PARIS, March 25 (Reuters) - It was legitimate to discuss the role of reserve currencies in the world but the U.S. dollar is likely to keep hold of its position, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on Wednesday.

He said discussions on a new currency would likely take some time and he preferred to focus on fixing the economic crisis.

Zhou Xiaochuan, China's central bank governor, earlier this month said the world should consider basing the IMF's Special Drawing Rights as a super-sovereign reserve currency.

"The discussion about a new currency is absolutely legitimate and will probably take place in the coming months but it is not a new thing," Strauss-Kahn said.

Special Drawing Rights are based on an IMF-created global currency basket comprising the dollar, euro, sterling and yen.

"There is no reason to believe it can move rapidly. It is an interesting point but I am more focussed today on the way out of the crisis and the way to solve the crisis than on the system itself," he added


A global 'super currency' to replace the buck? 6:10 PM, March 25, 2009

On a day when the dollar had every right to rally given surprisingly upbeat U.S. economic data, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner briefly knocked the greenback for a loop.

From Bloomberg News:

Geithner was initially asked at a Council on Foreign Relations event in New York about proposals from People.s Bank of China Gov.

Zhou Xiaochuan

for a new international reserve currency. Geithner said, .As I understand his proposal, it.s a proposal designed to increase the use of the International Monetary Fund.s .special drawing rights.. And actually quite open to that..

Some currency traders suddenly choked, reading into Geithner.s comments that the U.S. was .open to. the idea of a new currency that might someday usurp the dollar.s role as the preeminent holding of governments and institutional investors worldwide.

Within minutes of Geithner.s remarks, the dollar slid. The DXY index, which tracks the dollar.s value against six major currencies, fell 1.2% before stabilizing and creeping back up. The euro surged to $1.365 from $1.345.

From Bloomberg:

Roger Altman, who worked with Geithner as deputy Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, later asked Geithner whether he wanted to .clarify. his remarks.

"I.d like to ask one final question, in effect on behalf of the market,. said Altman, founder of Evercore Partners Inc. .Let me ask the question this way: Do you see any change over the foreseeable future in the basic role of the dollar as the world.s key reserve currency?.

Geithner responded by saying that .I think the dollar remains the world.s dominant reserve currency..

Later, on CNBC, Geither reverted to the boilerplate line that Treasury secretaries have mouthed forever, which is that a .strong dollar. is in "America's interest." The DXY index ended the day just slightly lower than on Tuesday.

China's idea for a sort of "super currency" based on a basket of major currencies shows its ongoing concern about the money it has invested in U.S. securities amid record borrowing by Uncle Sam. If the greenback.s value were to collapse, it would take with it China's massive holdings of dollar-denominated assets, including Treasury bonds.

Unfortunately for the Chinese, it would be no snap to create a new global super currency, even if everyone thought it was a good idea.

As for using the IMF.s special drawing rights, currency strategist Marc Chandler at Brown Bros. Harriman & Co. notes that an SDR .is not money in the commonly used sense of a means of exchange or a store of value. It is primarily a unit of account" -- a way nations can settle up trade balance surpluses and deficits, for example.

In other words, there.s no danger anytime soon of the world.s wallets, bank and investment accounts being stuffed with SDRs rather than dollars.

But in their role as the U.S. Treasury's single biggest creditor, the Chinese have put America on notice: They're worried about their money, and they aren't going to be shy about telling us so.

-- Tom Petruno

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