Note: This feature length cover story by Chris McMahon originally appeared in the April 2009 issue of Futures Magazine. Dollar Recovery: Real or Illusionary? Link to original @ Futures Magazine With the U.S. dollar index trading in the low 70s through much of 2008, the Bush administration's so called 'strong dollar' policy had become a running joke. But the weak U.S. dollar served an important function, lubricating the global economy, and was one of the main propellants of the rise in commodity and equity prices. It took the bursting of the housing and credit bubbles and the resulting flight to quality to make the U.S. strong dollar policy real. "Because people needed to raise cash immediately, they panicked and liquidated the only other asset they had: their investments. And for most people, 90% of that is stocks and bonds," explains Jason Alan Jankovsky, analyst and trader for Core Financial Group. "Now everyone thinks it's the end of the world
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