November 22nd, 2010

the end of the Euro

This is sort of a rhetorical question.

There's a whole lot of oh, woe going on regarding the Euro, in the wake of Ireland's announcement that they would seek assistance.

A while back (okay, before I was married), I _really_ wanted to buy Euros. I went round with my brokers on the subject of what would be involved in having a bunch of Euros (just cash, in an account), and they seemed to think that this would generate a prohibitive amount of reporting. Given what I have to do in the way of reporting because of _their_ bright ideas, I really resent this. I really resent this because I remember what the Dollar/Euro conversion rate was the last time I was in Europe. And I'm looking at what the Euro has "plunged" to recently.

Google's finance page won't generate a Euro/Dollar chart for me going back before 2004 (maybe it'll do it for you), but here's one.

http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/charts/chartdl.aspx?Symbol=/EURUS&&ShowChtBt=Refresh+Chart&DateRangeForm=1&CP=0&PT=8&C9=2&ComparisonsForm=1&CE=0&DisplayForm=1&D4=1&D5=0&D3=0&ViewType=0&PeriodType=8

Nasty, yucky URL. Sorry. You can go to moneycentral and work your way through it; select 10 yr on the relevant chart.

People have been predicting the end of the Euro since for fucking ever. They need to _stop_. It is a pointless waste of time that makes us look like a bunch of idiotic provincials.