Monday, January 19, 2009

Soros warns US Dollar will lose reserve status

George Soros, billionaire hedge fund manager, is predicting the dollar's demise. He made a $1 billion profit in 1992 by betting against the British pound.

Mr Soros also warned that the dollar's status as the world's reserve currency was drawing to an end, thanks in part to the financial crisis on Wall Street. He said the plight of US households, who are facing major slumps in nationwide house prices for the first time in living memory, was increasing the distaste among international investors for the greenback.

He said: "The current crisis is not only the bust that follows the housing boom, it's basically the end of a 60-year period of continuing credit expansion based on the dollar as the reserve currency. Now the rest of the world is increasingly unwilling to accumulate dollars."

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