There seem to be lots of econoblogsters confessing their sins of bad forecasting out there. I will do so also, perhaps especially because I have been parading around the econoblogosphere bragging about having called the housing bubble, the derivatives mess, and that the whole thing would lead to a recession, without having called the latter too early as some who are now being widely praised did. My error was to think that the crash of the housing bubble would lead to a long-awaited crash of the dollar, given that perhaps the most extreme of deep imbalances in the world economy is the massive US current account deficit that has led to the US becoming by far the largest net foreign debtor in world history. I thought the housing and derivatives crashes would catastrophically crash the dollar. I was wrong.
Instead we had that old bizarre phenomenon of the dollar as the ultimate "safe haven," with US Treasury securities being the ultimate safe haven within the safe haven, even as measurable risk spreads on such securities have widened noticeably in this crisis (heck, nothing is safe). So, instead of the dollar crashing, it has risen noticeably in the last few months, from a low of around 1.6 to the euro to around 1.26 today, or thereabouts. And 90-day Treasury bills are yielding an astoundingly low one basis point, which is effectively negative in nominal terms, given purchase fees, and while looking like a nasty liquidity trap, does not at all indicate any problems for the US Treasury in borrowing money, despite our massive foreign indebtedness and dependence on the kindness of strange foreigners, especially the Chinese, to fund our forthcoming fiscal stimulus.