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Monday, September 27, 2010

George Soros: Dollar Strength Is A Measure Of System Sickness

George Soros, legendary currency trader and chairman of Soros Fund Management, shares his perspective on the status of the dollar as the world's reserve currency and on the causes for the recent strength in the dollar. Interestingly, when asked about his speculative trading positions on the dollar, the Euro and the British pound, Soros becomes rather evasive in his responses.

Soros on mismanagement of the dollar:
"The way things worked, we (the U.S. government) imposed discipline on everybody else, except ourselves, because we could print our money, and we abused that. We actually consumed, in the end, 6.5% more than we were producing, and that's now being reversed and I don't think you can ever go back there ever again."

Soros on why Germany does not want to bail out other E.U. members:
"First of all, their historic memory was seared by HYPER-INFLATION, the way ours was by [the Great] Depression. So they have a different attitude. Secondly, they are actually stimulating their own economy, and they say that countries that are fiscally imbalanced, are not in a position to stimulate, and that is correct."

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George Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1930. His father was taken prisoner during World War I and eventually fled from captivity in Russia to reunite with his family in Budapest. Soros was thirteen years old when Hitler's Wehrmacht seized Hungary and began deporting the country's Jews to extermination camps. In 1946, as the Soviet Union was taking control of the country, Soros attended a conference in the West and defected. He emigrated in 1947 to England, supported himself by working as a railroad porter and a restaurant waiter, graduated in 1952 from the London School of Economics, and obtained an entry-level position with an investment bank.

In 1956, Soros immigrated to the United States, working as a trader and analyst until 1963. During that time, he developed his own theory of markets called 'reflexivity', which he has laid out in his recent books THE ALCHEMY OF FINANCE and THE CREDIT CRISIS OF 2008 AND WHAT IT MEANS. In 1967 he helped establish an offshore investment fund; and in 1973 he set up a private investment firm that eventually evolved into the Quantum Fund, one of the first hedge funds, through which he accumulated a vast fortune.