The preferred journalistic metaphor for fluctuations in exchange rates is roller coaster. Changes in the value of the euro and the dollar resemble more a teeter totter.
Depending upon one’s point of view, one goes up and the other goes down. But, they do not merely go up or down, the media insist that a one-cent change require “soar” or “plummet” in the headline.
I cannot help but believe that these fluctuations have nothing to do with economic factors or anything real, for that matter. The changes happen too frequently. They must be caused by computers trading back and forth with one another using stop-loss programs. Each trade earns a small amount for someone (multiplied by millions), scares average citizen, and forces headline writers to re-use worn verbs.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.