Deflation could be the biggest threat to the economy, but gold -- usually an inflation hedge -- is reaching new highs. That's because smart investors aren't playing the inflation trade, they're buying currency crisis insurance.
The Great Debate
It looks bad for the dollar, but looks can be deceiving.
Its sharp decline in the last week has pushed the euro to its highest level in a year and reignited fears that there’s only one place for the dollar to go, and that’s down.
from The Great Debate UK:
Reports that China has asked for a discussion about reserve currencies at next week's expanded Group of Eight summit in Italy has added to confusion about whether the country wants to dethrone the dollar from its status as the world's sole reserve currency. But the very fact the issue has been pushed onto the agenda suggests that a fundamental shift is underway.
Perhaps the most surprising development over the last three months has been the surging value of the currency at the heart of the crisis. It is almost as if investors have responded to a fire alarm by running towards the source of the fire.