| strong dollar policy |
par marie Mer 16 Avr 2008 - 22:44
cette fameuse phrase qu'on entend depuis une éternité.. tout à fait risible, quand on connait la progression de M3 depuis l'ére Nixon ... jamais le $ n'a autant perdu de son pouvoir d'achat sur cette période
cette fois ci, c'est O ' Neil ancien directeur du trésor qui nous dévoile la réalité .. il a l'air énervé le monsieur ..
O'Neill Says U.S. `Strong Dollar' Policy Is `Vacuous Notion'
April 16 (Bloomberg) -- Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said the ``strong dollar' policy that he and every other Treasury chief since 1995 endorsed is ``a vacuous notion.'
``It implies in it that somehow we have the ability to manage the relationship between the value of the U.S. dollar and other currencies around the world,' O'Neill, now a special adviser to Blackstone Group LP, today said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.
O'Neill roiled currency markets when he was in office from 2001 to 2002, at one point with comments in an interview with a German newspaper that the U.S. pursued a policy of a strong economy, rather than currency. The current Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson, has repeatedly stated that he is a ``very strong' supporter of the ``strong dollar' policy.
``When I was Secretary of the Treasury I was not supposed to say anything but `strong dollar, strong dollar,' O'Neill said today. ``I argued then and would argue now that the idea of a strong dollar policy is a vacuous notion.'
The U.S. currency today fell to a record low against the euro, and has declined 15 percent against its European counterpart in the past year.
``The markets actually have control over those relationships. When people say strong dollar, if they don't mean that `we believe intervention can work and we're prepared to intervene,' then `strong dollar' is ridiculous.'
Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven major nations ended their April 11 meeting in Washington with a statement signaling concern over the slide in the dollar by denouncing ``sharp fluctuations in major currencies,' and their ``possible implications for economic and financial stability.'
Paulson emphasized to the G-7 ``our commitment to a strong dollar,' he said at a press conference after the meeting.
O'Neill, President George W. Bush's first Treasury secretary, said during his tenure he repeated the mantra originated by Clinton Treasury chief Robert Rubin that a ``strong' dollar is in the best interests of the U.S.
Every secretary since Rubin has repeated the phrase, regardless of whether the dollar was rising or falling.
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