A declining US dollar is sparking changes worldwide, drawing jobs to the States and spurring sales of US goods, but also ending an age of rich Americans abroad and hurting economies that are pegged to the note. Its 7-year, 40% drop against the Euro is no short-term slide either, experts say. Even Jay-Z is touting Euros in his new video, "Black Magic," which extols lavish Manhattan lifestyles.
As Americans limit buys of imported goods, foreign companies like Airbus are taking advantage of cheap US labor, and some countries are pushing to trade currencies other than the age-old dollar. "The dollar was the dominant force in world economics for 100 years,” says economist Fred Bergsten. “All that is now changing."