Dominique Numakura correctly assesses the struggles manufacturers and suppliers are having grappling with volatile currencies.
In his EPTE Newsletter this week, he points out how the dollar has dropped 20% against the yen in the past six months (itâ€™s also dropped about 13% against Chinaâ€™s yuan in the past year, and we all know the plunge the greenback has taken against the euro).
As Numakura notes, the falling dollar for exporters by slicing their budgets â€“ and thanks to skyrocketing commodities prices, finding room to wring out cost and make up the difference is near impossible.
And the capper is that American companies, having outsourced their manufacturing in spades over the past decade, have little in the way of goods to offer to take advantage of the lower dollar.
The winners in this game are the currency traders. Numakuraâ€™s money (ahem) statement: â€œCurrently, the amount of currency traded is two orders larger than the actual trading of goods.â€