GO
Loading...

Strong Dollar; International Tailspin

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008 | 6:37 PM ET

It seems bad bets aren’t only limited to individuals. Big companies are taking a hit too. According to the Wall Street Journal the strong dollar has left some international firms in a tailspin, rather unexpectedly.

The Journal writes, “bad bets were made using currency derivatives -- contracts tied to the value of the U.S. dollar. Companies lost badly when the dollar shot up in value starting in early September as investors cashed out of investments in emerging markets, fleeing to safer havens. And as companies raced to close out their positions they forced local currencies to tumble still further.”

In an attempt to mitigate this and the broader financial crisis, the White House set a date of November 15 for the first of a series of international crisis summits that will bring together the G20, which includes major industrial economies plus big emerging-market countries like China, India and Brazil.

If you’re wondering if there’s a trade here Jeff Macke doesn’t see one. If you’re not long the dollar you’re late ,he says. Other than that, I don’t care that people are force liquidating, I wouldn’t trade this, counsels Jeff Macke.

I would be long the yen, counters Tim Seymour and possibly short a couple emerging markets currencies.


______________________________________________________
Got something to to say? Send us an e-mail at fastmoney-web@cnbc.com and your comment might be posted on the Rapid Recap. If you'd prefer to make a comment but not have it published on our website send your e-mail to fastmoney@cnbc.com.

Trader disclosure: On Oct.22, 2008, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money trader; Macke Owns (SDS), (UUP), (MSFT), (BNI), (MCD); Adami Owns (AGU), (BTU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE); Finerman Owns (GS), (PM), (RAI), (DEO); Finerman's Firm Owns (MO), (MSFT); Finerman's Firm Is Short (BBT), (COF), (IYR), (IJR), (USO), (SPY), (IWM); Seymour Owns (AAPL), (BAC), (EEM), (F), (MER)

Contact Fast Money

  • Showtimes

    Halftime Report - Weekdays 12p ET
    Fast Money - Weekdays 5p ET
  • Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC's “Fast Money” and “Options Action.”

  • Scott Wapner is host of the "Fast Money Halftime Report," which airs weekdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET.

  • Guy Adami is a contributor on CNBC's "Fast Money." He also is managing director of stockMONSTER.com.

  • Najarian, the "Pit Boss," is cofounder of optionMONSTER.com, a news site for options traders.

  • Finerman is president of Metropolitan Capital Advisors, Inc., a company she co-founded.

  • Founder of EmergingMoney.com

  • Chief Market Strategist for Virtus Investment Partners & CNBC Contributor

Halftime Report