The FT on the dollar: adjustment or affliction?
But the growing evidence that the dollar’s decline will not be followed by a narrowing of global imbalances, merely a shifting of them around the world, gives cause for real concern.
Normally cool heads in central banks and international organisations are uttering notes of alarm. Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, warned last month, for example, that the big upward movements in other Group of Seven leading countries’ currencies against the dollar, while many oil states and China maintained a de facto dollar peg, were causing “great currency tensions”.
“I came away from the IMF meetings in Washington recently more concerned about the implications of these tensions precisely because the unwinding of the imbalances is not just a hypothetical prospect out there, but is happening now,” he said.