Morgan Stanley has made a bold prediction that, if true, could help the bullish dollar ETF.
The strategist said that we're in the waning period of the dollar's decline against most of the major currencies around the world, CNBC reports. But temper that excitement, because the financial sector is still taking a beating, and the Federal Reserve could be forced to make more interest rate cuts.
Morgan Stanley also believes that there might be some gains in the offing for Asian currencies against the dollar, as well.
Another investment bank begs to differ, though: Switzerland-based BIS says the dollar could plunge, and a sudden "rush for the exits" can't be ruled out, reports Kim-Mai Cutler for Bloomberg. BIS agrees that the Japanese yen may strengthen this year, and is forecast to rise to 100 per dollar and 148 per euro.
The Dollar Index, which measures the currency against six other major ones, has fallen 5.7% this year.
Wherever you land on this debate, there are a number of ways to get exposure to global currencies, including:
- iPath EUR/USD Exch Rate ETN (NYSEARCA:ERO), up 9.2% year-to-date
- PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bearish Fund (NYSEARCA:UDN), up 6.8% year-to-date
- PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish (NYSEARCA:UUP), down 5.2% year-to-date
- Market Vectors Double Short Euro (NYSEARCA:DRR), launched May 22
- CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSE:FXY), up 4.8% year-to-date
Read the disclaimer, as Tom Lydon is a board member of Rydex Funds.