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Jim Rogers Urges People To Sell Dollars

Jim Rogers Urges People To Sell Dollars

Bloomberg
November 15, 2007

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) — Investor Jim Rogers urged people to get out of the dollar and says he expects to be rid of all his U.S. currency assets by summer next year.

“If you have dollars, I urge you to get out,” Rogers said in an interview from Singapore. He is chairman of New York-based Rogers Holdings, formerly known as Beeland Interests Inc. “That’s not a currency to own.”

The dollar fell 9.5 percent this year against a basket of six major currencies as a housing slump slowed the economy and losses stemming from subprime mortgage defaults spread among U.S. banks. Rogers, who said last month he was shifting out of all his dollar assets, plans to buy commodities, Japan’s yen, the Chinese yuan and the Swiss franc.

Interest rate futures traded on the Chicago Board of Trade show a 72 percent chance that the central bank will lower its target rate for overnight loans between banks to 4.25 percent on Dec. 11, its third reduction this year.

Rogers, who predicted the start of the global commodities rally in 1999, criticized Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke for comments on the currency before a congressional committee on Nov. 8.

“He is a total fool,” Rogers said. “He said Americans who buy only American goods are not affected if the value of the U.S. dollar goes down. I was terrified.”

Bernanke said the only effect of a weaker dollar on a typical American with their wealth in dollars, buying consumer goods in dollars, would be “their buying powers, it makes imported goods more expensive.”

Rogers said that’s not right.

“If you only buy American products and the dollar goes down, the price of oil goes up, copper goes up, wheat goes up,” he said. “That affects you. He doesn’t understand the economy as far as I can see.”


Pound hits fresh 4-yr low vs euro after weak data

Reuters
November 14, 2007

Sterling fell to a new four-year low against the euro on Thursday, while British shares timmed losses after UK retail sales data showed an unexpected monthly fall in October, boosting the case for Bank of England rate cuts.

Retail sales fell 0.1 percent on the month versus expectations for a flat reading.

“It suggests that the economy is slowing down in the fourth quarter and it’s looking like there is going to be a rate cut in February which will mean cable (sterling/dollar) will go lower,” said Geoff Kendrick, currency strategist at Westpac.

Sterling fell to a session low of $2.0472, down about half a cent from pre-data levels .

The euro rose as high as 71.52 pence, highest since July 2003 .

The FTSE 100 .FTSE trimmed losses, down 0.46 percent after the UK retail sales data.

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