Home > General Topics > Trading > It's the oil that sinks the dollar not the other way

It's the oil that sinks the dollar not the other way

  1. I keep listening to those reporters on TV and even some economists, politicians and fund managers insisting that the plunging dollar is the cause for the rise in oil prices. Jesus! It's the other way around. Those people cannot separate cause and effect. Oil prices rise due to high demand and limited production/capacity. Buyers of oil keep selling dollars forward to secure their price in local currency. If oil drops, the dollar will go up.

    The boomerang effect is a lower dollar when stock market in the US rises, almost tick by tick sometimes. Foreign buyers of US stocks sell dollars forward when oil prices rise to hedge currency exchange risk.

    The answer is for world governments to flood the market with reserves. Not to blame the dollar for their inability to solve the problem. There is nothing wrong with the dollar other than oil is priced in dollars. If oil starts being priced in euros also, euro will go down too.

  2. Interesting idea. I am of another line of thought, however. I think the big hedge fund game is to sell dollars against buying treasuries. Thats a US asset neutral position effectively short dollar price.

    And a levered trade at that everyone is on the same side of. December 11th should be the near term peak of oil.
  3. but will they cut in december? they might just pause and let things settle down. but who knows with the fed right now
  4. I wonder if that conference scheduled with China is happening around Dec 11th....

    I'm as much of a permabear as anyone and I just keep pricing long date strips.

    $100 oil probably kills everyone's profitability while it kills our demand. Ergo, dollar retracement while foreign markets get sold off and domestic markets are cushioned because in non us currency terms they are just so darn cheap!
  5. So if the dollar is sliding because oil is rising and is denominated in dollars then wouldnt we be better off if it were priced in euros? This way no one will be selling dollars forward.

    So being the world's reserve currency is actually hurting us? Hmmmm. Interesting.
  6. Where's that one price thingy? Gotta be here somewhere.

  7. u r totally WRONG.

    first check the co relation between dollar and oil.
  8. Please explain why I'm wrong. Correlation says nothing about cause and effect.

  9. Exactly! That is why the Arabs want to add euros in the basket. Remember the Arabs hold dollars mainly. I think it is of the best interest of US to push that agenda. And let the Europeans run for cover after that. But I think the issue is more political than financial.

  10. alex, you have a long way to go.....

    the dollar was falling when oil was $8 per barrel....

  11. You may be right, I have a long way to go tonight, I'm travelling...

    However, you may have a long way to go understanding the graphs you choose to display in forums.

    Do you think that a gold bar buys the same today as 200 years ago?

    With a gold bar in 1900 probably you could buy 1000 acres in Florida. How many acres can you buy today?

    I think what you displayed is totally irrelevant to the discussion in this thread, which is about the current fall of the dollar versus currencies of countries that do not have near the GDP or economic, political and military strength as the USA.
  12. say what ??
  13. man... what a drag...

    u r wrong again and google oil vs dollar chart... u will find ur answer..
  14. Stop singing and answer the question: Do you think that a gold bar buys the same stuff today as it did 200 years ago?
  15. The price of oil has escalated far faster than the dollar slippage over the past 5 years .... far far faster.

    You are being too simplistic in your thinking I fear.
  16. Oil - dollar correlation is -0.7 in the last 8 years. Simply means that most of the time, when the dollar fell against the euro, oil prices rose.


    The author is a senior Economist. By the way, what are you?

  17. I think you totally missed his point. His point was that rising oil is the cause of the devaluation of the dollar. He didn't say there should be 1 to 1 relation in price change between the two. It doesn't have to be 1 to 1.

    X and Y are correlated does not mean dX/X = dY/Y.

  18. in 1925 you could buy a decent suit for an oz. of gold, and you can get a decent suit today for dollars changed for an oz of gold...

    so purchasing power is preserved on a nominal value basis
  19. relax Alex, i didn't mean to flame ya....

    I have a few here that pound on me occasionally, I take in stride......

    there are some way more wide minded traders than me...

    I'm a 5 lot piker.....