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The comeback of the dollar

10 June 2008 Sören Zschoche 16 Comments Money

5 years ago you had to pay 0,80 US-Dollar to receive one Euro, now 5 years later in 2008 you have to pay two times the price. That´s enormous, the Euro has won 100 % in value against the Dollar in just 5 years and achieved it´s all-time high on the 22.04.08 with a exchange rate of 1,6018. By the way, this was seemingly so exciting that even Europe’s yellow press took notice of it and came up with headlines like “Shopping for the half price” or “Visit New York, now”. I had to laugh when in November 2007 the international Supermodel Gisele Buendchen explained that from now on she will only accept Euro for her payment. The European exports went down and particularly the world export champion Germany yammered very much.

So the question is how long will the dollar fall in price? Sure thing is that the dollar will come back, so don´t worry. The question is when it will happen, which is not easy to answer. However, in my opinion the dollar will come back either in the next month or at the latest just after the U.S. elections.

Here´s why:

The first and most important reason for my theory is fact that the FED can´t relax the monetary policy anymore and the FED wouldn´t do that neither. On tuesday the third of Juli, for example, even Ben Bernanke the chief of the FED did something which is extremely rare for the FED he spoke about the exchange rate of the US-Dollar and claimed the U.S. Dollar is sharply underrated. And even though also the EZB, the European central bank, has announced to rise the bank lending rates again in my opinion the comeback will come.

Because whereas Europe and the rest of the world are slipping in a recession the weak dollar is helping the U.S. economy to get better through the crisis. Companies like IKEA, Toyota or BMW are investing huge amounts of money in in the U.S. now, the U.S export will grow while the imports will decrease. That all will help the dollar to recover. There is only the impulse from the FED missing but that surely will come right after the elections or even earlier.

But nobody can exactly know how the markets will behave so don´t take my words at face value, it´s just an opinion…

The new United States five-dollar bill

21 February 2008 Michael Szumielewski 76 Comments Money

The new US five-dollar bill

Did you know that the US $5 bill has been redesigned and will be issued on March 13, 2008? Well, it turned from green to purple, but I am sure Abraham Lincoln will not be upset ;) The Bureau of Engraving and Printing enhanced security for the new bills, so they are harder to fake and easier to check. I recommend you to visit the official homepage so you know how to differ fake money from real U.S. currency. “Printing fake bills can be a lot more complicated then just getting a few machines and a bunch of printer cartridges like HP toner.”

You can look up the new features in a nice flash animation on The new features are two new watermarks on both sides of the bill and an embedded security thread, which moved from the left of the portrait and is now located on the right side. The new $5 bill will remain the same size, but the color and images changed a bit. The color goes from a light purple in the center of the bill and blends into gray near the edges. This design update adds complexity to the bill to make counterfeiting more difficult. The Great Seal of the United States, a American symbol of freedom, has been added to the background and Lincoln’s portrait and vignette have also been changed. There are also a few other features like microprintings and of course the serial numbers.

The new money will be introduced on March 13, 2008 but of course you will not have to exchange your old $5 bills for new ones. Nevertheless, you will come across the $5 bills soon, because the “average life” of a $5 bill in circulation is 16 months before it is replaced due to wear, says the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Approximately 9 percent of all paper currency produced by the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing today are $5 bills. In fact, you can even still pay with U.S. banknotes from 1861, they are still redeemable today at full face value and will continue to be legal currency. The United States has never devalued its currency, so owning $5 bills seems like a quite sure thing to me.