Are the Currency Markets Warning that there is Trouble Ahead?
The Precipitous Decline of the US Dollar and its Impact on the World

London, UK - 12 July 2007, 08:41 GMT

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News that Standard & Poor's may cut the ratings of 612 residential mortgage-backed securities backed by US sub-prime loans (worth an estimated USD 12 billion) began the US dollar's further decline against both sterling and euro 36 hours ago. Fears that other ratings agencies could follow suit made the British pound (GBP) hit a new 26-year high against the dollar, rising to USD 2.0322 -- its highest level since June 1981. The euro (EUR) climbed further into record territory yesterday -- within sight of the USD 1.38 mark -- amid concerns about the health of the US economy fuelled by discouraging growth forecasts from key retailers and home builders as well as the currency markets focus on the possible collapse of the US subprime lending market. Traders said they sold dollars on concerns that problems in the US housing market could slow American economic growth.

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