Protect Your Portfolio When the U.S. Dollar Collapses

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Do you now or have you any future plans to establish a portfolio of companies that will offset the coming devaluation (or destruction) of the US dollar?

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We need to break this down first. There’s an assumption that the U.S. dollar will be “destroyed,” “devalued,” or in the worst case (shudders) collapse. What do these fear-mongering labels actually mean?

How to Measure U.S. Dollar Strength

First, we need a reliable metric to measure the strength or weakness of the U.S. dollar. You may be tempted to compare the U.S. dollar to a single currency, but that’s a big mistake. Let’s say we’re comparing the U.S. dollar (USD) to the British pound (GBP). If USD declines relative to GBP, is that because GBP grew stronger or is it because USD weakened? What if both currencies weaken together at the same time, or strengthen at the same time? In order to gauge the value of a U.S. dollar abroad, we need to compare it to a basket of currencies. Fortunately, someone’s already been doing that since 1973.

The US Dollar Index – USDX

Built and maintained by Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE), The US Dollar Index values the U.S. dollar relative to a basket of six curren

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