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Venezuela Launches First Nuke In Currency Wars, Devalues Currency By 46%

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While the rest of the developed world is scrambling here and there, politely prodding its central bankers to destroy their relative currencies, all the while naming said devaluation assorted names, "quantitative easing" being the most popular, here comes Venezuela and shows the banana republics of the developed world what lobbing a nuclear bomb into a currency war knife fight looks like:


And that, ladies and gents of Caracas, is how you just lost 46% of your purchasing power, unless of course your fiat was in gold and silver, which just jumped by about 46%. And, in case there is confusion, this is in process, and coming soon to every "developed world" banana republic near you.


and just as we (and Kyle Bass) have warned - this is what happens to the nominal price of a stock market as currency wars escalate... how do those US investors who flooded Venezuela with cash feel now? bringing back those VEF gains is going to hurt...

The chart above is a free lesson in nominal vs real: the hardest lesson for some 99.9% of the world's population to grasp. One person who certainly knows how to devalue a currency in real terms FDR, whose 70% devaluation of the USD courtesy of executive order 6102, is merely an appetizer of what is about to be unleashed upon the US.

From Bloomberg:

Venezuela devalued its currency for the fifth time in nine years as ailing President Hugo Chavez seeks to narrow a widening fiscal gap and reduce a shortage of dollars in the economy.


The government will weaken the exchange rate by 32 percent to 6.3 bolivars per dollar, Finance Minister Jorge Giordani told reporters today in Caracas. The government will keep the currency at 4.3 per dollar for some products, he said.


A spending spree that almost tripled the government’s fiscal deficit last year helped Chavez win his third term. Chavez ordered the devaluation from Cuba, where he is recovering from cancer surgery, Giordani said. Venezuela’s fiscal deficit widened to 11 percent of gross domestic product last year from 4 percent in 2011, according to Moody’s Investors Service.


The move can help narrow the budget deficit by increasing the amount of bolivars the government gets from taxes on oil exports. While a weaker currency may fuel annual inflation of 22 percent, it may ease shortages of goods ranging from toilet papers to cars.


In the black market, the bolivar is trading at 18.4 per dollar, according to Lechuga Verde, a website that tracks the rate. Venezuelans use the unregulated credit market because the central bank doesn’t supply enough dollar at the official rates to meet demand.


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Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:41 | 3227030 The Shootist
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Yeahz, I hear a lot of the Kennedy coat tail rider spewing state aid radio ads in terms of heating oil for the needy courtesy of Senor Chavez. Praise be!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:39 | 3227267 macholatte
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"Here's my rule: Ask yourself, "Did this thing happen?" If the answer is yes, then it's historical. Then ask, "Did this thing happen precisely this way?" If the answer is yes, then it's history; if the answer is no, not precisely this way, then it's historical drama."


'Lincoln' screenwriter fires back at Conn. congressman


Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:42 | 3227416 DosZap
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Castro too...Spielberg said that meeting Castro was the greatest moment of his life; he was totally awed.

I wonder if he would(as a Jew) be AWED by the numbers of folks murdered at the hands of that death defying whore?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 20:58 | 3227774 Bandit und Buster
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Only if they were Jooos

Since 'they' consider the resr of us a cattle.

"Our race is the Master Race. We are divine gods on this planet. We are as different from the inferior races as they are from insects. In fact, compared to our race, other races are beasts and animals, cattle at best. Other races are considered as human excrement. Our destiny is to rule over the inferior races. Our earthly kingdom will be ruled by our leader with a rod of iron. The masses will lick our feet and serve us as our slaves."
— Israeli Prime Minister Menechem Begin

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:39 | 3227025 Al Huxley
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This isn't a new thing for them.   15 or so years ago I worked for a company with a couple of large customers who had business in Venezuela, back then the exchange rate was around 600 Bolivars to the dollar (which rose to over 1000 /USD over the next few years) and interest rates were in the 20% neighborhood if I remember. 


Anyway, lucky thing it can't happen here, there I think the problem was that they were rampantly fiscally irresponsible - giant government debt and deficits and whatnot.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:53 | 3227092 FoeHammer
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Yeah, whew! That was a close one. I thought I might have to start paying attention to currency manipulation here in Good Ole America but I know the gov't has everything under control.


What's on the tee vee tonight?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:12 | 3227358 Oldballplayer
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No TV it's snowing. In New England. In February. Holy shit, this has not happened, last week.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 19:29 | 3227535 FoeHammer
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You see the Exec Order that Deval signed banning travel?

Jail or 400 buck fine...


Papers, please.

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 15:45 | 3229047 Cadavre
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The NYT said that the snow storm is caused by global warming.

So does that means war is caused by peace? Illness caused by health? Obesity is caused by skinniness?

anybody that takes the time to compare charts of the solar cycle's waxing and waning of sunspots to a climate chart knows al gore's crew timed his song and dance to swoon the shabby shiek Walmart elite into believing humanities only salvation is taxpayer funded "private" carbon bank pig `n a poke was timed perfectly with his daughters bridal grovel into the Schmitt family hive - of course her subsequent divorce out of the vampire queen's slime bucket [also] coincided with old al's argument falling on it's face and the collapse of one of the most obvious innovations in snake oil salesmanship we have had the pleasure of witnessing.

Still GE is suck billions of taxpayer subsidies - the whisper is to move ethanol content from 10% to a lofty electronic fuel injector busting 15% - meaning GE and Virgin Airline Gadfly Big Dog, Sir Dick, will reap a shitload more in US taxpayer treasure to grease what ever that ugly thing they grease is ..,

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 19:45 | 3227579 Wile-E-Coyote
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Yeah and Argentina is going down the shitter as well.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:31 | 3226978 NeedleDickTheBu...
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But, the Venezuela stock market was up nearly 300% in 2012?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:34 | 3226996 Winston Churchill
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Don't knock it.Now its just 150%.

He who rats out first,rats out best.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:48 | 3227059 ebworthen
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And with the gains you can buy three eggs.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:51 | 3227087 cynicalskeptic
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With the government having all of $217 in the bank, the Zimbabwe stock market is still the 'best' performing in Africa....


In 2007, as the government was on its way  to $Z100 trillion banknotews, the Zimbabwe industrials index was up 600% in the first four months of the year - and 12,000% over the previous 12 months....


meanwhile any able bodied citizen is panning for gold - a pinch of gold dust buys enough food for a day.


Fri, 02/08/2013 - 19:01 | 3227462 viahj
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man, i should go there with a container of Twinkies for Gold!....oh wait.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:32 | 3226984 joego1
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I think that they had to pay for Chavez's cancer treatment.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:17 | 3227204 Mike in GA
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Pay?  For Chavez' treatment?  No no no!  No PAY in Castro's Cuba!  Health care is FREE, just like in Obamacare!

Cuba don't need no stinkin' money!

Obama don't need no stinkin...oh, wait.



Moar taxes, rich people.  (Soon EVERYBODY rich!)

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:32 | 3226985 Seize Mars
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It's not like it's unpredictable.

Every where, every time. From FDR to Hugo Chavez and everywhere inbetween.

Devalue the currency. Bit by bit, or all at once, they don't really care that much. Surveillance state.

Then comes the mass extermination camps, and the war - war - war.

Always. Every. Single. Time.

The only solution is getting the government out of the money creation business. Trade with each other in weights of whatever commodity you like.

Bang! Freedom, and with real freedom comes prosperity.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:50 | 3227071 Meat Hammer
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As I read that:

Golf clap....steady applause....crescendo.....fuck yeah!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:09 | 3227801 Bandit und Buster
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Wouldn't have anything to do with the fact the all the banksters mostly stem from the same gene pool would it?  Nah! silly thought....

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:34 | 3226993 Son of Loki
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Carumba !

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:34 | 3226994 q99x2
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That's quick. Wish the US owned some gold.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:57 | 3227310 Anusocracy
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The US is golden and reputation is all that matters.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:34 | 3226995 Kaiser Sousa
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thats my man Chavez....first got his gold back and now goin out with a -


we can all play now mother fuckers....SILVER BITCHEZZZZZZZZZZZ.....


Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:35 | 3227002 DaveyJones
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we beat them to the punch by devaluing our politicians

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:56 | 3227112 cossack55
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When, exactly, did our politicos have enough value to justify a devaluation?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:35 | 3227003 fonzannoon
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85 bil/mo and we are pikers....whocodoknown

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:35 | 3227005 Itch
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Nice one, cheaper bananas.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:36 | 3227009 Albertarocks
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Wow!  We knew it was possible that somebody would toss a bomb but it's still a bit of a spine-tingler when it actually happens.  This surely isn't the last one.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:36 | 3227010 Central Wanker
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Pathetic! To win the currency war, you need to do much more.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:37 | 3227012 davidsmith
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CIA overthrow is next, for "destabilizing the region."  Earth to Lyndon Obama: bombs away!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:53 | 3227096 css1971
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They've been giving Chavez cancer so he'll be out of the way fairly soon.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 19:50 | 3227587 Wile-E-Coyote
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Yeah real smart give a man a chance for revenge.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:38 | 3227018 Inthemix96
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Now thats what I'm talking about.

Balls in your court shalom, what you gonna do?


Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:53 | 3227297 francis_sawyer
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He'll do what any good little jew would do... PRINT MOAR!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:38 | 3227020 scatterbrains
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Don't be a little pussy Ben show him who swinging the biggest dick. You can do it Ben ramp that printer up and show em how it's done..  it's too late to act like a little pussy now. getterdone

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:26 | 3227392 toothpicker
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Print money with one hand, suppress PMs with the other. Don't screw up now Ben! Push faster, harder!!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:38 | 3227022 LawsofPhysics
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Expect more venezualian elites to bring suitcases full of cash to America and Canada to exchange for dollars - fuck you bernanke!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:57 | 3227116 Bunga Bunga
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Currency war and Ben is loosing it.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:40 | 3227029 SheepDog-One
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Now what, Ben? You just been pimp slapped by yo bottom bitch!!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:47 | 3227055 SilverTree
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Friday - You just got knocked the fuck out!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 20:04 | 3227634 Snoopy the Economist
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Sheep: I can't stop laughing at that one.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:45 | 3227033 sessinpo
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Article: "And that, ladies and gents of Caracas, is how you just lost 46% of your purchasing power, unless of course your fiat was in gold and silver, which just jumped by about 46."

And what happens to you as a local when you convert your gold and silver back to fiat to pay your bills?


No, I am not against PMs as I have a small portion invested in PMs. My point is that as long as the population is forced into fiat, they are subject to fiat and all the bad things that come with fiat. Devaluation, inflating - these are just methods they use to manipulate THEIR currency. When you HAVE to convert back to pay your utilities, your food, you are back under their rules.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:46 | 3227052 Iconoclast
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Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:58 | 3227114 Kaiser Sousa
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"And what happens to you as a local when you convert your gold and silver back to fiat to pay your bills?"

oh, i dont know...what did they do back over the last 5,000 years with real money???

and, even if u have to convert back...let me see...wouldnt you get a lot more worthless peices of shit tahn you would otherwise if u didnt have any real money to start with?????

just asking.....




not really........



Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:00 | 3227130 Strange-Currencies
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Who cares how?  Would you trade contemporary lifestyle for any obe life style from the past?  I doubt it.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:58 | 3227119 cossack55
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How do you say "black market" in Spanish? 

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:28 | 3227396 toothpicker
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muerte rápida

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:44 | 3227426 ParkAveFlasher
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Somos amigos, no?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:14 | 3227813 WmMcK
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Mercado Negro, but I prefer Negra Modelo.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:27 | 3227245 Non Passaran
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Yes, and their rules say that paper is now 46% (or whatever %) cheaper. 

So the local dicator basically decided your PM holidings are more valuable.

There's nothing to not like about that.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 20:07 | 3227646 Snoopy the Economist
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Let's see...

When you sell your gold you need to pay all those taxes on the big money you just made on that investment....

and you get paid back in devalued currency - so that was a great deal!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 20:07 | 3227647 Snoopy the Economist
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Let's see...

When you sell your gold you need to pay all those taxes on the big money you just made on that investment....

and you get paid back in devalued currency - so that was a great deal!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:42 | 3227037 JuliaS
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Take that, Japan!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:43 | 3227038 jomama
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what this tells me is that i should get loans on a new car and new house, watch the currency tank, and pay them off with my then sky-high stack!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:44 | 3227040 drivenZ
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there are official FX rates and then there are real FX rates. This is an official FX rate change. The real FX rate has been way higher(lower) than 6.30 for some time now. So no, the people didnt lose 46% overnight they already lost it and then some.  

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:44 | 3227041 surf0766
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How does this affect crude prices?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:55 | 3227104 Meat Hammer
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Up 46% in Caracas

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:44 | 3227042 LeisureSmith
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Banana split.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:45 | 3227043 Iconoclast
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oil bitchez, they have it therefore they win. Quicker/cheaper route for the USA to take it off them rather than heading off to the M.E. though, can't understand why anyone in the past few administrations hasn't introduced a form of helicoptered in democracy, too close to home, fear of reprisals?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:57 | 3227107 A. Magnus
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No, the Chinese told Washington in no uncertain terms that they will cut our naval supply lines at the Panama canal (which they now run) and they will crash our bond market overnight if Chavez's oil gravy train gets fucked with in any way. The dick-sucking cock bites in DC are pussies when it comes to making war with ANY country that can actually fight back...

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:23 | 3227234 Non Passaran
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Now please explain how would the "crashed" US bond market hurt the US.  The Fed can keep buying bonds for another 5 years without any problem.

While you're at it, also explain how would a "crashed" US bond market be useful to China.


You're a great comedian.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:58 | 3227315 helping_friendl...
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easy. Start selling US bonds on the secondary market for much less and drive yields up. US will crash instantly as everyone runs for the f-ing exit.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:13 | 3227359 Common_Cents22
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so you would sell out your portfolio at big losses to prove a point?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 23:14 | 3228083 moonstears
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I think China maybe uses US T-bills a colladeral to borrow, to buy,... oh, African mines, oilfields, and Canadian mines, oilfield interest(see pipeline Obama squashed) etc.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:44 | 3227046 syntaxterror
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Bernanke devalued by 46% too. Big fucking deal.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:51 | 3227079 Dr. No
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I think the offical number is 97% since the FED was at the switch.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:48 | 3227065 Strange-Currencies
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So Venezuela devalues... Is that a big deal?  Is that front-page news?  Doubt it.  PDVSA does not sell its oil for bolivars, or whatever they call their funny money.  It sells it for dollars.  So what's the big deal, ZH?  Unless some of you guys are Venezolanos, in that case I feel for you.


Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:49 | 3227069 Kaiser Sousa
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"Well Mr. Chairman....get to work...."

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:54 | 3227098 Dr. No
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The one advantage the FED has is the print controls are manned by private sector.  Insomuch as it is predicatable the devaluation of the USD will be slow and steady in order to line the pockets of the private share holders.  This is the "lesser evil" of a government controlled currency printing press which is turned on and speed adjusted accrording to the political winds of dancing with the stars.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:50 | 3227076 gringo28
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It's a 31% devaluation; not a 46% devaluation.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:54 | 3227101 Dr. Engali
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You're backwards on your math. You divide the difference from where you began,not where you ended up.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:54 | 3227302 Yen Cross
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 Sweetness.  Dr.E.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:55 | 3227102 ziggy59
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Delta = 2
2/4.3 x 100= 46.5%

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:26 | 3227845 machineh
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Old rate: (1 dollar / 4.3 bolivars) = US $0.2325

New rate: (1 dollar / 6.3 bolivars) =US $0.1587

New bolivar USD value of $0.1587 is 68.26% of its old USD value of $0.2325, or 31.74% less.

If you're counting in dollars, and I am.

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 08:01 | 3228414 overmedicatedun...
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this from the country that repatriated it's gold devaluation first..who will follow or defacto devalue well that's a long magic making everyones labor a negative value, except those tbtf and central banksters..get a job with the FED or some abc agency in DC. you will be protected, otherwise good luck.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:37 | 3227203 Banksters
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Stay away from bankers, you are putty in their hands.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:52 | 3227086 Laser Shark
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Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:52 | 3227088 ziggy59
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They waited to get their gold first.. Then WHAM!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:19 | 3227209 Non Passaran
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What difference does it make what was done first?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:52 | 3227090 Dr. Engali
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How long before Japan finally decides to bite the bullet and devalue by 200% ?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:57 | 3227118 Yen Cross
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 Dr. E. I'm not so sure how good you are at reading charts.  usd/jpy is on hold. Abe has been warned.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:59 | 3227124 rubearish10
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Nope. Japan alresdy declared the Yen has fallen too much. "So it is written, so it will be truth".

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:01 | 3227134 Yen Cross
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Think before you comment. Ed;

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:22 | 3227383 secret_sam
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How would they devalue by 200%?  Pay you to take their yen?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:53 | 3227093 Inthemix96
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This shit is better than real life.......

Hang on a minute..........

Fuck it, never mind?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:53 | 3227094 Colonial Intent
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Painting by numbers?

China was one press of a button away from war with japan.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:57 | 3227117 Unprepared
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**** BREAKING ****


B.Shalom.B announced that he's devaluing the USD by 40% against the USD.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:25 | 3227238 hooligan2009
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Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:59 | 3227123 Meat Hammer
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The timing of all of the recent events just seems a bit.....coordinated.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:00 | 3227127 rubearish10
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Things are not what they seem. Nobody knows nottin'!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:06 | 3227133 waterwitch
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So did the Iranian finance minister who tried to bring in 300 M bolivar check into Iran and got knabbed, know anything about this? :D

So much for front running (literally):

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:26 | 3227847 fuu
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It was into Germany.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:01 | 3227137 azengrcat
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So you're saying they created 1.85 times more wealth?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:13 | 3227360 ThirdWorldDude
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Carretillas, perraz!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:05 | 3227146 frenchie
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Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:06 | 3227155 Dr. Engali
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Where is Whiteshadowmovement? this is why you hold precious metals as part of your portfolio.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:09 | 3227165 Spastica Rex
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Doc -

More noise, or is this really interesting?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:15 | 3227189 Dr. Engali
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Right now it's just noise, but it's the inevitable path of all debt ridden fiat currencies.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:54 | 3227916 Whiteshadowmovement
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Hey doc, i think my comment here would be that we need to context what they are devaluing against: namely the usd. As long as you have dollar supremacy (by the way do you know the fofoa article i referenced) and beranke is in control of markets, im just saying it wouldnt be a shocker if paper gold is the one hard asset that underperforms most others, and that through protracted attacks on market psychology, bernanke could eventually keep it there, which would bleec into the bullion market over time. See ya monday guys

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 23:32 | 3228129 disabledvet
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Venezuela crude at a 30% discount globally is potentially a big deal. Obviously if it hits a 70% discount "and it still can't break into the US market" and you have a real crisis (hyperinflation) in that country. You want to compare "Apples to apples" in the race to debase...that would be the canadian dollar as "they're the other one that can't sell into the US market" if they have to compete with Chavez. China wouldn't be far behind if Canada goes belly up.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:25 | 3227240 fuu
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He's busy arguing that retail owns enough gold to scare Ben into doing something drastic like dropping gold to 1000-1200 to teach them a lesson. Because gold prices are entirely psychology driven.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 22:56 | 3228059 francis_sawyer
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yeah ~ he'd do it just for the lulz [which I'm sure would prompt the Chinese to dump all their tons on the market]...

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 01:16 | 3228247 fuu
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It must be one of those counter-intuitive things.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:08 | 3227161 philosophers bone
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Fuck All Creditors (until the Fed and gov't force me to become one).

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:13 | 3227171 Yen Cross
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 So, I have an inverted H/S pattern, (yen crosses), on the M-5 chart for Sumway?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:11 | 3227172 yogibear
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Hyperinflation Bernanke and the Fed will annouce one much better.

They will devalue the US dollar by 100%.

And so the US has currency wars with 3rd world nations.



Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:11 | 3227174 css1971
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The GBP is next I reckon.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:16 | 3227185 Yen Cross
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 i like your thinking.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:16 | 3227192 Winston Churchill
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Care to elucidate on that ?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:18 | 3227206 Yen Cross
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Well, I'll take a shot if you don't mind?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:54 | 3227287 css1971
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Towering national debt that would almost make Japan proud. Forgot to mention an increasing deficit to go with it.

Trade deficit, just getting worse and worse with north sea oil & gas running out.

Triple dip recession on it's way in.

Shiny new Bank of England governor, a jonny foreigner.

The populace have no fucking clue what money is so have no idea by whom they are being fucked.

It's already in free fall against the EUR & USD and to prevent a recession they really should stop sending 100 billion GBP a year abroad.

Timing's a bitch as always but they can always blame it on the new guy. They're politicians after all. Everything says devalue to me, which would be ironic because the conservatives are in power at the moment. Thank goodness I store most of my value in something else.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:16 | 3227346 Winston Churchill
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Mine also,though some of my income, and assets are in pounds.

The Japan situation is actually more appropos than you think.

UK has vast foreign holdings,far more than Japan.Hard to put a figure

on the value added fraud from London as well.

Pound is not on a fixed range or peg,so hard to see a reason for a formal

devaluation.At least their debt  is stated in GAAP terms,unlike the US, whose dollar is

only being propped up by the petro dollar..Not much longer IMO.

Shit,all the fiat is going to be toilet paper ,why are we arguing over the brand of wipe.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:21 | 3227372 Yen Cross
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 Are we done Gents?

  perhaps this [chess match] , is better discused over a cup of {High Tea} ?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:25 | 3227389 Winston Churchill
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Maybe the Long Island brew ?i

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:31 | 3227398 Yen Cross
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   You know I like you W/C. Z/H isn't the S&P and Moody's.    

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:20 | 3227828 disabledvet
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well we can now all say "the petro dollar" is a bunch of bullshit. obviously ANY oil rich nation that doesn't have a huge consumer to back it up is in DEEP doo doo. Tell me...what was the deal with "the Corn Laws" back in the day?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:13 | 3227181 patb
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if everyone devalues, then nobody devalues.


if the $, Yen, Euro,Yuan all devalue, it's meaningless.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:15 | 3227188 Spastica Rex
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Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:23 | 3227190 Yen Cross
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100% ponzi.  The first devaluation wins.  Tyler my posts are being chopped.  Fragments are being lost?

  In any case, The race to debase, has certain constraints. When said costs (feeding the serfs) is an outlier, the Serfs ( RIOT)...

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:16 | 3227815 Jendrzejczyk
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Your fingers aren't translating your thoughts again. NOT TYLER'S FAULT.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:18 | 3227193 LawsofPhysics
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not quite.  Everyone will still need to pay more fiat (regardless of flavor).  So everyone who has to actually work for their fiat does indeed lose.  Those close to the free money supply on the other hand benefit tremendously. If interest rates went up proportionally, then people with some savings might not be losing as badly, but it's a ZIRP-a-NIRP world now - "winning".

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:29 | 3227248 Yen Cross
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     Pain for gain. When ,not if interest rates go up, it won't be demand based.  You kick butt [Laws of physics]

  I wish there were more peeps like you !

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:51 | 3227228 css1971
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Debts are denominated in currency and the principals will be instantly cut in terms of real values. The most indebted will devalue the most.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:23 | 3227834 disabledvet
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this is simple minded bullshit. THERE ARE 300 MILLION REGISTERED CARS IN THE USA! "go all the debt you want." at some point "that thing call an F-150 pick up truck will have value too." believe me i'd love to sell mine for say...$100,000 or so.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:21 | 3227213 css1971
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Y'know, if they all start going for it like this to pay off their debts, we're seeing the start of a 40 year move. i.e. For most of us, the rest of our lives.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:22 | 3227221 Clowns on Acid
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Well Germany cannot devalue yet...they have not yet received their gold from the Fed.

Chavez brought his gold home , and then devalued.

That is the real race....who repatriates (and physically receives) their gold first.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:14 | 3227364 Dr. No
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If only America could get it's gold from the FED....Oh wait, its all leased out...

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:26 | 3227843 disabledvet
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"my country is bankrupt and now paying the Americans 20% interest but at least we got our gold back!" hoooray! get a clue you dope. Brazil is STILL paying usurious rates of interest from their 80's hyperinflation. Gold can't even come CLOSE to that return.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:22 | 3227223 hooligan2009
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not sure how up to date this is but the stock market aint moving (don't think it even qualifies for most EM stock indices)


divide these by 2?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:23 | 3227225 ziggy59
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Rules of Currency Wars by Loa C. Tong

He who devalues to 0 first, devalues best.

He who gets his metal away from the shit first, shines it best, first

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:24 | 3227236 goldenbuddha454
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Hookers 2 for 1 in crackass, venezuela-SWEET!

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:12 | 3227356 Northern Lights
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Nah, I'm thinking more like 10-1with regards to the hookers.

I wouldn't hit up the hookers though. To many diseases. As a westerner, you could probably go into the village and hit up a few of the local women.

You're giving the locals too much credit by assuming that they are smart and can count. 

Time to go to Venezuala as a sex-tourist.  Get me some of that reverse-gangbang action.


Fri, 02/08/2013 - 22:00 | 3227929 bunnyswanson
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No need to go to Venezuala horny tourists.  California has massage parlors on every corner.  Conveniently located between sexy lingerie shops and liquor stores where you can get your contraceptive devices.  Asian girls for the diminitive man - oh yes.  The wife of your neighbor, the daughter of your coworker, the sister of your bride can all be found on Main Street, America.

Cash only.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:30 | 3227250 Ignorance is bliss
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Citizens of Venezuela are only allowed to exchange $5000 dollars worth of Bolivars annually at the official exchange rate. Therefore, the Bolivar for Dollar black market is very healthy. Many companies such as PEDEVESA the National Venezuelan oil company supply dollars to the black market for Bolivars so that it can pay its employees at a much lower exchange rate then the official one. In Venezuela the black market rate was 10,000 - 11,000 bolivars for each dollar (last week). I wonder what the new black market rate will be, maybe 15,000 to 20,000 bolivars for a dollar. The devaluation is actually going to be worse then the 46% listed. when Chavez took control of Venezuela almost all of the big businesses were nationalized. The rest closed up shop and re-opened in Columbia, Panama, etc. Almost all foodstuffs and finished goods are imported now. If the black market rate goes from 10,000 to 20,000 then that is a 100% devaluation in real purchasing power for the average citizen.

I have family in Venezuela and  several attempts to kidnap them have been made. Nasty business and very dangerous in Caracas. My brother inlaw told me that a lot of the crime syndicates run out of the prisons. He stated they have become like fortresses protecting the criminals and allowing them to operate unobstructed. Prison guards don't make a livable wage so criminal syndicates have completely taken over. The prisons have become protected bases of operations for the criminals. 

2nd amendment comment. I showed my brother in law my AK and 9mm. He said it was illegal for citizens to own weapons in Venezuela. Only the criminals from the Gov't and from the street have them. He lives behind concrete walls with barbed wire running at the top, and his car has been armored with bullet proof glass and reinforced steel in the doors. My family lives in constant fear, and it wears on them. The bunker mentality is common in Caracas.  I hope we don't see that in America. Its hard to believe that Venezuela was once considered a jewel of the world in the 1950s.



Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:41 | 3227418 secret_sam
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      My brother inlaw told me that a lot of the crime syndicates run out of the prisons. He stated they have become like fortresses protecting the criminals and allowing them to operate unobstructed. Prison guards don't make a livable wage so criminal syndicates have completely taken over. The prisons have become protected bases of operations for the criminals.


I hope we don't see that in America.

Unless we change course pretty dramatically, it's exactly what you should expect.  Government protects our criminal overlords in the USA as well, but for now, it also does a reasonable job of placating the poor with a social safety net.

If the safety net fails, there really won't be much reason for the USian poor to continue to kow-tow to the rich.  Kidnapping is not something folks WANT to do, but if one's only options are watch the family starve or attempt some "high-risk/high-reward" criminal act, the crime becomes a lot more appealing.

Sounds like we're all a lot better armed, which should count for something, one way or another.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 19:05 | 3227468 Ignorance is bliss
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What I find fascinating is that prior to chavez there were no taxes. Gov't income came from the sale of oil. Now Gov't men show up demanding millions of dollars in  taxes or they nationalize your business and your assets. Gov't sponsored extortion.

My wife's family in Venezuela became wealthy and were continually expanding. Now everything is a hedge against inflation and crime. Fraud is rampant. It has become all consuming. They are attempting to start roots in other countries, but its hard when your paradigm shifts so abruptly. They are like the early mariners, rudderless on the open seas hoping for salvation.

They see the dollar and the Euro as a life raft in the ocean. I tell them to run for Gold and Silver. They don't get it. They don't understand the U.S. debt situation. They only know that the dollar has been the reserve currency and they invest accordingly. How much of the world views the Dollar though a similar perspective? Many will be caught unaware when the dollar floats to the top of the lake like all the other currencies.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:39 | 3227881 disabledvet
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fishing is my plan. there will be a hyper-inflation in Venezuala soon tho. (days away?) the Statists are running wild in the USA...but eventually you realize "there's a billion acres for the taking." In American LAND AND WATER is the currency...not that worthless dollar...or the gold. Venezuala has a huge coastline...but living on your own lake strikes me as challenge. We have a billion lakes and ponds in the USA too. Why pay for a highway system when you have the Great Lakes or the Mississippi or Chesapeake Bay? Once that unlimited source of free energy is tapped (meaning the sun) i'd argue "it's game over for ALL the ponzi's." a collapsing dollar is WAY down on that list.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:46 | 3227897 machineh
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Next in line for devaluation: Argentina. Official rate 5 pesos per USD; informal rate 7.65 pesos per dollar.

Argentina's idiot bitch presidenta idolizes Chávez -- she went to visit him in Cuba.

She'll follow his lead ... he paved the way for her.


Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:31 | 3227253 ZeroChance
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LOL, is Bloomberg suffering from dyslexia?  They're reporting that this is a 32% debasement.

Not that this would be surprising, right?  This is, after all, the mainstream media and nobody seems to know shit about real economics/finance...


Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:34 | 3227260 ziggy59
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Maybe ZH poster Gringo28 works for bloomies?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:52 | 3227296 TN Jed
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2/6.3 = 32%  Wrong
2/4.3 = 46%  Correct

MSM is discounting the move by using the post valuation as the denominator.  Classic.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:55 | 3227447 valley chick
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was this article updated?  cause the address to the article is reflecting 32 percent.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:33 | 3227857 machineh
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USD value of bolivar fell from US$ 0.2325 (1/4.3) to US$ 0.1587 (1/6.3).

That's a 32% drop in USD value.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:01 | 3227328 Rustysilver
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Make calculating increase/decrease in percentage as a answer to join the forum.

People don't know the basis number.  Increase from what number?

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:38 | 3227878 machineh
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'Increase' refers to an indirect forex quote (bolivars per dollar).

In direct terms (what we care about), the bolivar dropped from $0.2325 to $0.1587.

The reference basis is $0.2325, what the bolivar was worth in USD before the devaluation (as in 'down from').

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:42 | 3227887 disabledvet
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phuck the bolivar. "give us your free oil now." sound about right? i mean if you're in the transportation business "this is mana from heaven."

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 21:54 | 3227913 machineh
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A barrel of oil that was 4300 bolivars is now 6300 bolivars ... 46.5% more, thanks to a 32% devaluation of the bolivar.

Confusing? It's the same asymmetry that makes you need a 46.5% gain to recover from a 31.7% loss in stocks.

This is why academics use log changes in market studies: 

LN (4.3/6.3) = -0.382

LN (6.3/4.3) = +0.382

SUM            = zero (equal and symmetrical)



Fri, 02/08/2013 - 23:42 | 3228144 disabledvet
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"log the dollar" cuz they're going to need a lot more of them. amazingly Venezuela used to own thousands of gas stations in the US. Great way to launder money and finally compete with Wall Street! Instead "they sold all their gas stations only to go bankrupt anyways." dopes. what happened Chavez? Keynes is disappointed...

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:41 | 3227270 shaecker
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The currency VEB was effectively trading at the new rate in the cash black market for a long time now.  Banks and credit card transactions took place at the previous more costly "official " rate and as a result most transactions were in cash.

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