The Strong Dollar: Benefits




Both benefits and drawbacks come with a strong U.S. dollar. While some people gain from it, others suffer.

When the dollar appreciates against other currencies in the foreign exchange market, it is said to be strong. A stronger U.S. dollar makes it possible to purchase more foreign currencies than before. For instance, a strong dollar helps Americans who travel abroad but disadvantages international visitors to the United States.

At the end of 2019, the Invesco DB U.S. Dollar buy sell Index Bullish Fund (UUP) had increased by about 4% for the year. This exchange-traded fund follows an index that gauges the value of the dollar in relation to a selection of significant international currencies, such as the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona, and others.

Is It Cheaper To Travel Abroad?

American citizens with U.S. dollars have more purchasing power abroad since those dollars can travel farther. A strong dollar can buy more items when converted to the local currency because changes in U.S. economic conditions have little impact on local prices in other countries.

If they still possess dollars or receive payments in dollars, expatriates—U.S. residents who live and work abroad—will also experience a fall in their cost of living.

Imports cost less.

If the currency of the producer depreciates against the dollar, goods made abroad and imported into the US will be less expensive. The monetary value of high-end European vehicles like Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, and Ferrari would all decrease. A luxury car from Europe that costs €70,000 will cost $94,500 at the current exchange rate of 1.35 dollars to the euro. If the exchange rate drops to 1.12 dollars for every euro, the identical car that was previously selling for the same amount of euros would now cost $78,400.

The cost of imports will decrease as long as the currency remains strong. Price decreases on additional low-cost imports will give American consumers more spending money. American businesses that import raw materials from other countries will see lower production costs and higher profit margins.

The Benefits of International Business in the United States

Investors and foreign businesses with significant U.S. businesses will profit. Gains in the value of the dollar will translate to gains on the balance sheets of multinational firms with significant U.S. sales and profits. These companies’ investors ought to receive compensation as well.

Bolstered Status as a World Reserve Currency

A strong dollar supports the dollar’s position as a global reserve currency. Although some nations, such as China, Iran, and Russia, have questioned the U.S. dollar’s role as the de facto world reserve currency, a strong dollar helps maintain the demand for it as a reserve.