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Currency Manipulation and the Value of Foreign Investments

Usually relegated to the back-seat, currencies have become a hot topic in 2015, as volatility in the FX market has picked up. Anemic global growth and falling oil prices have created currency movements not seen in years. On March 5th, the dollar hit a 11 year high versus the euro when the European Central Bank announced that it would begin its own quantitative easing plan in the coming weeks. The dollar could continue to strengthen to levels not seen in decades as the US economy remains one of the few in the world with a steady pulse. The dollar’s sharp crescendo will inevitably create winners and losers. While a summer vacation to Europe may be more attractive, not everyone will benefit from a thriving dollar. Understanding currency risks will be vital for investors navigating the current global economy in search of returns.
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