(GLOBALINTELHUB.COM) Dover, DE -- 7/18/2017 -- Hidden in plain site, as the Trump administration finally released something of substance regarding the so called promised "Trade Negotiation" we see FX take center stage in the global drama unfolding. As noted on a Zero Hedge article:
The much anticipated document (press release and link to full document) released by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the Trump administration aimed to reduce the U.S. trade deficit by improving access for U.S. goods exported to Canada and Mexico and contained the list of negotiating objectives for talks that are expected to begin in one month. Topping Trump’s list is a "simple" objective: “improve the U.S. trade balance and reduce the trade deficit with Nafta countries.” Among other things the document makes the unexpected assertion that no country should manipulate currency exchange to gain an unfair competitive advantage, which according to Citi's economists was the only notable surprise in the entire document: That line of focus centers on FX: “Through an appropriate mechanism, ensure that the Nafta countries avoid manipulating exchange rates in order to prevent effective balance of payments adjustment or to gain an unfair competitive advantage.” ..While Canada and Mexico are not formally considered currency manipulators by the US Treasury, the reference in the list of objectives will likely set a template for future trade deals such as the pending negotiation to modify a 5 year old free trade deal with South Korea, a country in far greater risk of being branded a currency manipulator as it sits on the Treasury's monitoring list for possible signs of currency manipulation.
As we have explained in previous articles and in our book Splitting Pennies - Trade is FX. Tariffs can discourage trade, but so can a high price - effectively they are the same thing. Conversely, a cheap price encourages trade. This is why Japan has logically and rationally destroyed the value of its own currency in order to boost trade, in their case - exports - because Japan is not only a net exporter, they are a near 100% OEM manufacturer.
But it's not clear that whoever wrote this document understands FX - every currency is currently a 'manipulator' - including Japan, and the US Federal Reserve Bank. In fact, the global FX market has become a race to the bottom, with each currency competing with each other who can go down more, faster. It's a race into oblivion. Contrary to what you may read in the current doom journalism popular online, the global financial collapse is happening right before our eyes - over a long time horizon. The big mistake that many economists, analysts, and investors have made in the 'doom and gloom' crowd is that they all expected a 'date' or a 'time' when everything would 'collapse' - they didn't think that it can happen over a period of 50 years. We are in the demise, it's happening right before our eyes.
Today someone asked me if Bitcoin can really be 500,000 - and why not? My answer was that, it isn't that Bitcoin is going UP it's that the value of the US Dollar is going DOWN. So if Bitcoin is 500,000 - that property in the hamptons that's listed for $150 Million, it will be listed for $15 Billion, or why not $1 Trillion. There is no limit to the amount of money the Federal Reserve can create - but there is a limited amount of Bitcoin. Those who have lived in exSSR countries or Russia for example, understand how quickly money can be worthless. Quantitative Easing is itself a global 'reset' if you understand how it works, and it happens over a long timeframe.
So where is one to invest, to protect from the deteriorating value of FX? Bitcoin is by itself not a solution and by no means even something that should be part of any portfolio, it's a test of the new world order's global currency payments and monetary control system, whatever you want to call it - and it's very volatile - just as it goes up 100% it can go down 90%. The answer is that even with Bitcoin - the point is to TRADE it not INVEST in it. Let's dissect FX to understand this. Take a look at this Daily EUR/USD chart going back 3 years:
The EUR/USD goes up, it goes down. There's an election in France, an election in the US. It's practically one currency. But the ECB has a similar QE program that's destroying the value of the Euro as well. So the way to protect yourself here is to 'trade' this. For example, take a look at a snapshot from 2016 of Magic FX Strategy, that has returned on average 1.5% per month for the last 4 years:
This is not a solicitation of this particular strategy, simply it provides a good example of how to 'trade' FX for a consistent profit, to combat inflation. Investing in CDs and other interest rate products are not going to give you the 15%+ per year needed to stay ahead of the Fed. This is the game of hot potato that Elite bankers have designed that's built into the modern electronic financial system. The stock market is great unless there's a down year, but still just barely keeps you ahead of the game (if you stick to the traditional blue chips, industrials, utilities, etc) and certainly is not going to give you the 15% - 30% per year returns needed to really grow your portfolio. 30% + is the magic number Elite portfolios target (ironically, it's about a 2x allocation to Magic FX strategy, in line with the natural fluctuations of the FX market, using reasonable, modest leverage).
If you're not making 15% + per year inflation is eating you away. So where can you invest and get 15% with reasonable risk? The answer is practically no where in the markets, maybe in the private equity world, complex real estate, and other special situations but clearly there is no vanilla answer like "Buy Gold" or "Buy Bitcoin" as there may have been post 9/11. This will be more and more true as QE matures, because QE is distorting asset prices in complex ways. This is the 'trap' which has been set. Not only does it cull the herd, as the Elite like to do every 20 years or so, it forces investors into a situation where they have to take more risk - if they don't, their assets will ultimately be eaten away by inflation. They have to play the game because if they sit on the sidelines they will lose out. Of course it's not fair - but that is the nature of the global capitalist financial system, at the moment, and it's not going to change in our lifetime, so one can understand it and master it, or be the victim of it, SIMPLE!
And in the case of FX it's not so complex to understand. Let's look quickly at the last currency of investment, the Swiss Franc.
Here's a historical chart of CHF/USD (usually it's quoted USD/CHF which is the inverse - opposite)
Investors in Swiss Francs over this period - which includes Americans just sending their money to Switzerland, enjoyed a 400%+ return over the 40 year period, non-compounded, without considering interest (just FX). The small blip in the 80s when this investment declined was due to the US Dollars aggressive double digit interest rates, but that ended in 1986 when Swissie just took off and never looked back. That was until the post 2008 world, where Switzerland became the target of a number of investigations by hungry US agencies looking for someone to blame and money to pay for damage done by the credit crisis, including the IRS, FBI, and DOJ in general, but there were a number of other US interests interested in financially 'toppling' the Gnomes of Zurich - namely, by closing the only way out of QE. The Swiss Franc (CHF) was really the only currency that had any value, it was 40% backed by Gold, and upheld by a 1,000 + year banking tradition, a stable economy, and banking privacy laws.
In order to solidify the US Dollar as the primary world's reserve currency, that had to be smashed. So they did it in a number of ways, including but not limited to activating assets there such as corrupt central bankers (which really was a non-issue) and squeezing the Gnomes back into submission. So the conclusion to this drama is now the CHF previously being the only real currency to invest in for the long term and forget about it, is now a central bank manipulated currency that is subject to SNB interventions, caps, trading ranges, and other direct central bank manipulation (like all other currencies).
So the reason for that story is simply that there is no where to just 'invest' your money and forget about it anymore (there was, such as the example of the Swiss Franc). The good news though, FX is a traders market. If investors are not too greedy, there's a number of strategies in FX that can return the 15% + needed to beat inflation and possibly even grow. Magic FX is certainly not the only strategy in the world with such low-volatility and consistent returns. But due to the recent Dodd-Frank regulations such strategies are only available to ECP investors, which is a step above being accredited - basically you need to be liquid for $10 Million. Oh, and to make fighting inflation really fun for the retail US investor, you aren't allowed to hedge (no buying and selling of the same currency) and you must exit your positions in the same order in which you entered them (FIFO) and you have reduced leverage. Basically, the Fed is creating pressure forcing the hand of investors to trade to stay ahead of the game, and the regulators are making it difficult (and in fact, more risky) to trade. With US rules it's a miracle any US retail investor can be profitable. The rules have really turned FX into the casino that people are afraid of, because they are literally telling you when to exit your trades (FIFO).
In conclusion - FX is a real traders market. It's better than stocks, bonds, options, futures, etc. Now with the influx of Cryptocurrencies FX is about to get even more interesting. By trading FX successfully, or finding a manager who can do it for you - it's the only way to fight inflation, to at least maintain the value of your hard earned dollars. As we mentioned earlier in the article, there are of course other methods such as private equity and niche businesses (such as lawyers selling rights to settlements) that can generate the 30% + needed to grow a portfolio - but it's not available publicly, in the markets. But FX is there - it's there for the taking - and it's not going away anytime soon.