By Dan Robles
Can the value of conversation fluctuate when compared to a “basket of conversational currencies”? The translation is as follows; If several conversations are taking place at the same time, does yours hold more or less value depending on the value of the others?
If you ask a newspaper whose lead story was trumped by an unexpected celebrity death, the answer is yes. If you tell a political activist whose rational message is lost to more radical activists, the answer is yes. If your speech is interrupted by a heckler, the answer is yes. If you are caught lying about your Nuke Plant, the outcome is unintentionally the same – a loss of credibility, value, equity, and associated increase in risk,volatility, etc.
In today’s world of floating currencies, almost every currency rises and falls against other currencies at one time or another. But a currency that is persistently weak or continually falling relative to others presents a problem. If the dollar’s value were to continue to fall to new lows, eventually this would trigger rising inflation pressures....