Weekend Edition: World Stocks From one High to Another

Welcome to the weekend edition, a small collection of links to interesting personal finance related articles and economic news from around the web.

Have you looked at the charts lately? Stock indexes are at a 2 year high, a stark contrast to the US dollar falling from one low to another. This week the USD hit a 15 year low versus the Japanese Yen and an 8 months low versus the Euro. Funny when you look back to analysts predicting parity with the USD for the Euro!

While central bankers exchange artillery rounds by using words such as “US is currency War’s Tomb Maker”, Ben Bernanke, the US federal reserve chairman, is focused on stimulating the sluggish economy. The central bank is ready to ramp up its purchases of Treasury bonds to spark growth.

Before we all get excited about rising commodities and stocks we need to keep in mind that the USD is still the world reserve currency regardless of what your or my opinion is in that matter. Just as the Euro reversed course the USD might suddenly do the same if an event triggers a “flight to safety” which would burn many investors as they all reach for the exit at the same time.

Keep a close eye on the markets!

Further reading on the economy:

U.S. is currency war’s “tomb maker”: China economist

The great American mortgage crisis deepens

Fed Viewed as Trying to Devalue Dollar

Schiff: Buy Gold, Commodity Stocks And China

Across the U.S., Long Recovery Looks Like Recession

On to our weekly blog roundup:

Money Crashers recently launched a new top personal finance blogs list that classifies blogs using ranking factors such as  Alexa ranking and Google PageRank amongst others.

Invest It Wisely: 5 Reasons to Have an Emergency Fund

Buy Like buffet: Do You Think That We Need A Minimum Wage?

Wealth Artisan: Is Saving Money Difficult For You?

Squirrelers: I Thought Duke Graduates Were Smart

My Own Advisor: If you’re a dividend investor, you should know who Grace Groner is

Investing Thesis: Everything You Need To Know About Investing In A Private REIT

Personal Finance By The Book: How to Share Financial Responsibility with Your Spouse

Watson Inc: We Don’t Export Enough!

Dividend Monk: 7 Dividend Companies with Huge Moats

Enjoy your weekend folks!