Comment on EU Daily

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 7:37 AM, wrote:

you seem to be arguing that the fix is in for the eurozone. is that a correct read?

Yes, looks like it to me.

if so, then your expected rise in the euro could occur sooner rather than later.


seems to me that it will be difficult for the euro to rally anytime soon as central banks / portfolio managers trim their euro exposure on any strength.

Right, the portfolio shifting may not have run its course yet. That’s the risk. I’m thinking a sell off in gold, which went up this last bit due to euro fears, will signal the turn in psychology/reduction in euro fear.

With restructuring risk already on the table, seems it has to be mainly discounted in that anyone who can readily shift out of euro already have, and for those still holding euro financial assets they probably have euro liabilities and don’t want to add currency risk by shifting out of euro?

I suppose the real test will be the next mini funding crisis to see how the euro handles that stress.

Makes sense.

i’m getting fixated on the whole monetarists vs keynesian showdown that seems to be unfolding. in my mind the Greenspan era conditioned traders to believe that monetary policy was all powerful and the solution to every bump in the road. with rates near zero almost everywhere that impression will certainly fade.

And rightly so. The reality is sinking in that the Fed has no more meaningful tools, and the ones they thought they had can only help liquidity, and not support aggregate demand beyond keeping it from getting worse due to liquidity issues.

at the same time, the magnitude of the financial crisis and now the Greek crisis has seriously damaged the credibility of deficit spending.

Yes, for the wrong reasons, but I agree that’s the perception that’s driving policy.

so here we are with little faith in either concept and no clear sign anywhere of the handoff from public sector to private sector demand growth.

Right, that hand off traditionally comes from a return of private sector credit expansion, mainly housing and cars, which still hasn’t taken hold in this cycle. With all the demand leakages of unspent income due to pension funds, corp reserves, etc, some entity has to spend more than its income to make up for that.

I see a big test of theory coming in the next few years with little ammunition to proactively fight.

interesting times for sure.

Depressing, too.

I’d like to live during at least one period of true prosperity that’s ours for the taking in this time of abundant resources and geometrically expanding technology.