The Dollar's Dramatic Decline

John McKenna
Aug 4, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Remember back in the good old days when the dollar was king? It was that strong, green piece of paper that the world used for its commerce. It was dependable, and it was backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government, something that everybody believed would ensure monetary supremacy for the dollar for years to come.

Then dark times came, in the form of debt, deficit, and Federal Reserve-caused inflation that made the dollar progressively shrink. Sure, not many people notice its declining value in the short-term. However, the decline is noticeable around the world, especially when compared to other currencies:

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(Source: Yahoo! Finance)

When compared to currencies like the Swiss Franc and Canadian Dollar, both of which have remained strong due to the strength of their nations' economies, the dollar looks all the weaker, especially since the dollar has traditionally outperformed them both. The dollar is less weak against the Euro and the Pound, but the economies of Britain and much of the EU are sagging much like America's. An important point to note as well is that the central banks of Europe and Britain are noted for their transparency, whereas our Federal Reserve has to be dragging kicking and screaming into transparency. When the Fed does reveal some of its agenda items, it becomes clear that they're weakening the dollar with their "quantitative easing" measures and trillion-dollar bailout programs. If you think the drop-off is bad now, just wait until QE3 comes along.

Originally published at www.silverunderground.com.