The Currency that is Winning the "Race to the Bottom"

 “Printing dollars at home means higher inflation in China, higher food prices in Egypt and stock bubbles in Brazil. Printing money means that U.S. debt is devalued so foreign creditors get paid back in cheaper dollars. The devaluation means higher unemployment in developing economies as their exports become more expensive for Americans. The resulting inflation also means higher prices for inputs needed in developing economies like copper, corn, oil and wheat. Foreign countries have begun to fight back against U.S.-caused inflation through subsidies, tariffs and capital controls; the currency war is expanding fast.” – Jim Rickards, Currency Wars

 Currency Wars: A Race to the Bottom

Many consider deliberate currency devaluation to be a tool that can help jump start a nation’s economy. The aim of such a practice is to increase exports while encouraging domestic purchases by making goods outside of the country relatively more expensive.

However, like any good prisoner’s dilemma, this might be the case if only one country acted in isolation. The reality is that many major countries engage in the same policy, and the end result – as the infographic details – is a race to the bottom.

So far the “winner” in the race is Japan. The BoJ has been rolling with the Abenomics plan for almost two years now and the results are in…

JPY vs. the USD, CAD, GBP and EUR

The BoJ’s balance sheet has since exploded in size and they also have the highest public sector debt in the world.

General Government Debt-to-GDP Ratio - Japan, Greece, Italy, U.S., Spain and Germany

Regards,

Jeff Desjardins
for The Daily Reckoning

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This infographic originally appeared on the Visual Capitalist website.