Friday, September 21, 2007

The Canadian Dollar

Further to my earlier post, the Canadian dollar was worth more than the US dollar last night for the first time in 31 years. As I write, $1CDN will buy $1.0014USD!

As this Bloomberg story notes, the Canadian dollar has appreciated by more than 62% since 2002. This has also largely been a real (as opposed to nominal) exchange rate change, as the inflation experiences of the US and Canada have been similar over this period.

There's a warning implicit in the there for all international transactions: exchange rate fluctuations are huge, and can easily dwarf all other risks faced by businesses.

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