Your Share of the Pie July 2017

Your Share of the Pie July 2017

Investing in Foreign Currency is a good idea. says William Meyer. The critical question is, which one?

 How do Investors capture foreign exchange profits …

by William Meyer

EXTRAORDINARY PROFITS FROM ORDINARY SHARES * WINNING STOCK MARKET STRATEGIES * YOU CAN ONLY GAIN FROM A GOOD FOREIGN CURRENCY STRATEGY

Against the backdrop of Governments desperately trying to decrease the value of their currencies compared with those of their major trading partners, how do investors capture foreign exchange profits?
Here are some thoughts for you, the investor, to consider. Debasing the currency assists governments in paying down debt, boosts exports, penalises imports and reduces trade deficits. These strategies are sometimes not expressed verbally and may be a trap for currency speculators. Politicians often say they are in favour of, for arguments sake, a strong dollar while the printing presses are running 24/7. As Jim Rogers says: “if you listen to Governments you are going to go bankrupt very quickly.” Ask any Cypriot or Greek investor.

Here are some currencies for consideration:
THE US DOLLAR
The US dollar is usually characterised by its safe haven status. As fear and uncertainty increases, the US dollar tends to strengthen. Now as economic conditions have started to improve, the US dollar has declined. It is still the benchmark currency and the most tradable, and as such has a place in almost every portfolio.
The dramatic fall in commodity prices this week will underpin the US dollar while very low interest rates are a negative.
As the Federal Reserve eventually reduces its stimulus further and interest rates are raised again the US dollar will start to be a more exciting proposition.
This week, however, the dollar settled at a 13–month low against major currencies as US political uncertainties dashed hopes for a quick success of President Trump’s stimulus and tax reform plan. President Trump is plagued by investigations into alleged Russian involvement in the US election. For the Dollar to recover this lost ground we will need to have some positive progress on the President’s election promises.
THE EURO
In contrast against the dollar weakness, the Euro advanced to a 23–month high. The Euro has been strong since hawkish talk from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.
THE POUND
Sadly, the news from the UK is all bad and the pound is not a favoured investor destination.
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR
CNBC noted that the Australian dollar traded at $0,7925 after dropping from a 26–month high of $0,7992.
The AUSSI had advanced on the dollars broad weakness before its rally was tempered by dovish comments from Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) deputy governor Guy Debelle on Friday.
THE NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR
The dollar, known on the currency markets as the Kiwi, has been a great performer and is one of my favourite investments. The New Zealand dollar reached a high of $0,7460 – its highest since September 2016.

An exchange rate can basically be looked at as the share price of the relevant country. So, when deciding on what currency to invest in, one can rely on first principles.

Are fundamental economic conditions for the country improving?

Does the country have strong economic prospects with benign inflation and high interest rates?

Is there no sovereign risk?

Is the currency in a bull trend, as opposed to the currencies of its major trading partners?

Happy Hunting!

Would you like advice from William Meyer?  Contact him on 079 624 4031 OR email:  fam@mweb.co.za