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Continued from here – we examined the true underlying currency allocation in my portfolio (incorporating other financial/investment assets & liabilities). I encourage you to perform a similar exercise (on an ongoing basis). Some will discover unexpected allocations, but more will discover how concentrated they are in a single currency! Of course, I’ve written about home bias before, but that was in relation to equities: I beg your indulgence as I take another brief look from a currency perspective.
If you suffer from single currency concentration (ouch…I think about the EUR/Eurozone so much it bloody hurts! ;-)), presumably it’s in your home currency? Think about the fact your job, your house, (much of) your wealth, the level of your taxes, even your (assumed) social order is already inextricably linked to that currency & country. How much do you want to keep adding to that bet? But the majority of readers live in developed markets, and may ask: ‘How seriously could my home currency decline?‘. Well, say you live in Japan: The USD/JPY‘s 80.53 right now – how outlandish is it to picture it at 120+, or even 150+, in 5-7 years?!