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CNBC: Inflation could push gas to $6 a gallon.


The dollar lost 6.5% of its value last year and is falling fast. (However the Obama administration still says there is no inflation).

From CNBC…

The greenback is approaching pre-financial crisis lows and threatening to smash through its all-time low when measured against the world’s predominant national currencies.

A combination of factors accounts for the weakness, with the Federal Reserve’s easy-money policies, huge national debts and deficits and the consequential possibility of a debt downgrade because of the financial mess in Washington leading the way.

In short, as trader Dennis Gartman noted Thursday, “the rout of the US dollar” is in full effect.

“Panic dollar selling is setting in,” Gartman, a hedge fund manager and author of “The Gartman Letter,” wrote in his daily commentary. “This may carry farther than any of us dream of or, worse, have nightmares of.”

How low can it go?

Rick Bensignor, chief market strategist at Dahlman Rose in New York, said the dollar index [.DXY 74.07 -0.04 (-0.05%) ], which measures the greenback against a basket of select other global currencies, has scant technical support “that has any meaning” between its present level and the historical low of 70.70.

That’s a widely shared view, even as currency pros wonder how the dollar could be falling against the euro considering the near certainty of sovereign debt defaults in smaller European Union nations.