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U.S. Dollar Performance
August 19, 2009

Is now an opportune time to hedge the dollar with gold?


"China’s central bank renewed its call for a new global currency in June and said the International Monetary Fund should manage more of members’ foreign-exchange reserves. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last month illustrated his call for a supranational currency by producing a sample coin after a summit of the Group of Eight nations.

Mewbourne joins investor Jim Rogers, who said last year that he was shifting all his assets out of dollars and buying Chinese yuan because the Fed eroded the value of the U.S. currency. The dollar is losing its status as the world’s reserve currency, said Rogers, who is the author of books on investing including 'Hot Commodities.'

Sovereign Funds

Bill Gross, who runs the $169 billion Pimco Total Return Fund, is also warning the U.S. currency will fall.

Holders of dollars should diversify before central banks and sovereign wealth funds do the same because of concern government budget deficits will deepen, Gross said in June.

Gross’ fund has returned 12 percent in the past year, outperforming 96 percent of its peers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Billionaire Warren Buffett wrote in a New York Times commentary today that the dollar is under threat from the 'monetary medicine' that has been pumped into the financial system.

'Enormous dosages of monetary medicine continue to be administered and, before long, we will need to deal with their side effects,' Buffett, 78, wrote. The 'greenback emissions' will swell the deficit to 13 percent of gross domestic product this fiscal year, while net debt will increase to 56 percent of GDP, he said."

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