The death of the "Petrodollar" could affect your investment portfolio

  • Petrodollars are not a real currency—they’re simply U.S. dollars being used to trade oil.
  • The switch could have wide-ranging implications on not just a macro scale but also investment portfolios. 

The U.S. dollar is still thew world’s reserve currency, but it’s dominance is slipping.

  • OPEC and BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, China, India, and others) are either accepting yuan in lieu of the traditional petrodollar or are seriously considering it.
  • Russia is diversifying away from the U.S. dollar and stocking up on gold. 

The implications of the dollar potentially losing its status as the global reserve are numerous.

  • Currency risks, tanking treasury bond demand, and increased interest rates are major side-affects.
  • Gold would become a far more attractive option as a significant decrease in the value of the dollar would catapult gold prices. 

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