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Postby bloke » Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:42 am

not-a-particularly-provocative-thread: :roll:

With the US dollar in the toilette, I've noticed that the winners of many more auctions are Europeans...
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Postby Joe Baker » Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:09 am

...and the people who fret about that will be the EXACT SAME FOLKS who complain about our trade defecit!!!
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Postby SickiVionkey » Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:05 am

If you're only willing to ship within the US, that doesn't happen too often. :)
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Postby finnbogi » Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:10 pm

If it wasn't for the 25% sales tax in Iceland, I would have bought a lot of stuff on ebay these last few months...
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Postby wnazzaro » Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:47 pm

Joe Baker wrote:...and the people who fret about that will be the EXACT SAME FOLKS who complain about our trade defecit!!!
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As long as the Chinese tie the Yuan to the Dollar, those are still two legitamite concerns.
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Postby Joe Baker » Tue Feb 08, 2005 3:13 pm

I can appreciate the sense in worrying about one or the other, but not both. The devalued dollar means Americans will buy more American made products (agreed that it won't much affect our buying from Asia) and will cause more people from elsewhere in the world to buy FROM US (as Bloke describes). A more valuable dollar INCREASES the trade defecit, as Americans use their valuable dollars to snap up bargains. The value of the dollar and the trade defecit will tend to move in the same direction. The devalued dollar is generally better for the average working stiff because it increases demand for American goods, while the inflated dollar is generally better for folks with lots of cash to spend.

Besides, Bill, weren't you MORE worried that the Chinese would decouple the Yuan from the US$?
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Postby bloke » Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:31 pm

If it wasn't for the 25% sales tax in Iceland, I would have bought a lot of stuff on ebay these last few months...


boy, that's a ton o' tax...' keeps you in a lot of hot water, I'd imagine... :wink:

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Postby wnazzaro » Wed Feb 09, 2005 3:07 pm

Joe Baker wrote:Besides, Bill, weren't you MORE worried that the Chinese would decouple the Yuan from the US$?


I don't recall ever arguing that position.
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Postby finnbogi » Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:23 pm

bloke wrote:boy, that's a ton o' tax...' keeps you in a lot of hot water, I'd imagine... :wink:


Yup, hot water and taxes are the two things that are abundant in Iceland. :D
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Postby Joe Baker » Wed Feb 09, 2005 7:57 pm

wnazzaro wrote:
Joe Baker wrote:Besides, Bill, weren't you MORE worried that the Chinese would decouple the Yuan from the US$?


I don't recall ever arguing that position.

Hmm. Sorry, must've been someone else. That's old age for you!
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Postby bloke » Wed Feb 09, 2005 8:51 pm

Hmm. Sorry, must've been someone else. That's old age for you!


...possibly the guzitarian?? :?
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Postby Chuck(G) » Wed Feb 09, 2005 11:05 pm

bloke wrote:...possibly the guzitarian??


I did mention it, but not with any particular sense of dread. Like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and others, I simply see it as an incentive to alter my investment strategy...

However, the floating of the remninbi against a "basket" (which will certainly include the Euro) as is being proposed by the Bank of China will make for a potent inflationary force against the dollar...

See how the almighty greenback is doing.
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Postby wnazzaro » Thu Feb 10, 2005 1:18 pm

I'm looking for some good 1970s-1980s inflation. Need to melt my debt away. :D
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Postby Chuck(G) » Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:58 pm

wnazzaro wrote:I'm looking for some good 1970s-1980s inflation. Need to melt my debt away. :D


Sure hope that it's all fixed-rate stuff and not credit card or ARM-type.
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