Max Keiser Warns of Impending Crisis as Japanese Yen Hits 34-Year Low Against Dollar

Financial commentator Max Keiser has raised concerns about the potential fallout from the Japanese yen’s recent plunge to its lowest level against the dollar in 34 years. The yen breached the significant milestone of 160 per dollar on Monday, marking a concerning trend that hasn’t been witnessed since 1990.

The depreciation of the yen comes amidst a backdrop of shifting global economic dynamics, with Japan’s currency losing nearly 25% of its purchasing power against gold over the past six months alone. Gold itself has been on a remarkable trajectory, experiencing a surge of over 13% year-to-date, outperforming major stock indices such as the S&P 500 by a significant margin.

Keiser highlighted the broader implications of the yen’s decline, emphasizing its role in the global financial system. He pointed to the yen-carry trade, a long-standing practice where investors borrow yen at low interest rates to invest in higher-yielding assets elsewhere, as a critical linchpin supporting global liquidity for the past three decades.

“Very few are aware of what’s going on here and the risks involved,” Keiser cautioned. “If it blows, the credit freeze of 2008 will look small.”

The former journalist also outlined several key factors contributing to the precarious situation, including Japan’s transition from deflation to inflation and the potential for rate increases driven by the weak yen. He also underscored the tightening spread on the yen-carry trade, warning that it could eventually squeeze to nothing, exacerbating the risk of a broader financial crisis.

The recent slide in the yen was triggered by a stronger-than-expected US inflation reading, which dampened expectations for interest rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve. This, coupled with the Bank of Japan’s decision to maintain its accommodative monetary policy, further fueled speculation and exacerbated downward pressure on the yen.

While Japanese authorities have signaled readiness to intervene in currency markets to stabilize the yen, analysts remain skeptical about the effectiveness of such measures given the underlying macroeconomic fundamentals.

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