The financial crisis faced by the world is a graver situation than that of managing the stock market. What Finance Minister Sh P. Chidambaram is doing currently is pushing the dirt under the carpet and hoping it is not uncovered before the next elections.
To be fair to you the current problem is US making and not of your making but this Financial Tsunami is not fair in its impact any would destroy everything that comes on its way. In 1991 you built the dam of Globalization that powered & irrigated our fertile land for almost two decades. But today this dam is in risk and it can destroy the fertile land. You being the architect of the dam knows better than anybody else how to save the dam of globalization destroying own lands.
We need to do two things urgently to avoid importing the US financial crisis:
1. Diversify the foreign exchange portfolio and move out of US treasury bonds and other dollar denominated financial instruments.
2. Start trading in Crude and other major foreign trade items in Euro and other currencies rather than dollar. At least diversify
As you know law of demand and supply applies to all currencies except dollar due to dollar hegemony. The dollar is already over valued due to this even after years of fiscal deficit and relentless borrowing. However, the current financial crises pose a real risk to dollar and dollar hegemony. All the billion dollar looses that US government is nationalizing has to be paid somehow and ultimately it would be paid by printing more dollars. And as you know very well, printing more dollars means distribution of USA loses to the world.
The printing of dollar, inflation and depreciation of currency is a very slow process and something that can be handled in the long run. The risk current situation poses is sudden devaluation or crash!!
The world is currently standing on thin ice which is melting with each passing day and everybody is wishing that it never reaches a situation when we go down under. The current crisis is sign of crack on the thin ice floor. If we all keep standing till the end we all will go down into great depression soon. As the cracks become big, grave panic would be created and one or few of the members would try to run to the safer place. And we should remember that goliath named China is also standing with us on the same thin ice and if he moves, due to its weight the ice floor will surely break. We have to make sure that we more to a safer place before the goliath begin his move.
(The thin ice here is Dollar based financial system where all major international trade is done in dollars including crude & petroleum products and major share of foreign exchange reserve is kept in dollar denominated securities. People standing are nations who are part of the international financial system and the cracks are the financial crisis. Going down under is Great Depression & the safer place is a world of neutral currency with no single currency hegemony).
China has more than trillion dollar of foreign currency reserve and most of them are parked in low interest paying dollar denominated securities of US institutions like Freddie & Fannie. Sooner than later China will realize that US government with its increasing nationalization of loses would not be in a position to return back these reserves. The only option for US govt is to print more currency to pay back China and others and that would create excess dollars in the world economy leading to collapse of the currency. China to reduce the loss would start moving out of dollar into other currencies or Gold. Or if it’s a fools and doesnot understand the risk of thin ice would force US government to increase the interest rate on these securities. Either ways, the US will be faced with increased financial crisis and the current financial system will collapse.
Again shift of oil trade to other currencies would reduce the demand for dollar required for oil trade and hence the currency will collapse.
Believing that not moving can save us all is foolhardy. One: sooner or later somebody will panic and run across the cracking thin ice floor. (in fact few countries have already started the move). Otherwise the foolhardy US financial management will ensure that the ice melts so much that the whole world goes down into great depression. USA is rooted in his own system and it can’t run. Its time that we desert him otherwise we all will go down with him.
Its time the world decide to move to a world of neutral currencies where value is derived from demand and supply and no single country has enough power to govern the world financial system. The only thing that is stopping us all is the ‘fear of change’. In the long run, the new world would be better than the current one for all of us.
Sir, I hope as in 1991 you will be bold enough to drive the change rather than closing your eyes to the thinning ice hoping that we don’t go down under before the May elections.