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Category: Fiat Currency

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Economics

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The War On Cash: Why Now? / Economics / Fiat Currency

By: MISES

Charles Hugh Smith writes: You’ve probably read that there is a “war on cash” being waged on various fronts around the world. What exactly does a “war on cash” mean?

It means governments are limiting the use of cash and a variety of official-mouthpiece economists are calling for the outright abolition of cash. Authorities are both restricting the amount of cash that can be withdrawn from banks, and limiting what can be purchased with cash.

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Politics

Sunday, July 05, 2015

A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Ellen_Brown

Pope Francis has been called “the revolutionary Pope.” Before he became Pope Francis, he was a Jesuit Cardinal in Argentina named Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the son of a rail worker. Moments after his election, he made history by taking on the name Francis, after Saint Francis of Assisi, the leader of a rival order known to have shunned wealth to live in poverty.

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Currencies

Friday, July 03, 2015

The Complexity of Legal Tender / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Measuring wealth with an ever-expanding ruler makes for a carnival illusion of safety, suspended in a vast, uneven web of complexity.

The longer society and culture remain detached from the nature of true wealth, the more fragile we become to ‘normal’ risk. 

Complexity is not always good or robust.

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Politics

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Power of Ideas for the Fiat Age / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Tom_Naysburn

In every aspect of daily life people are searching for the best arguments; where to buy the cheapest and best quality washing powder, or internet provider, or car insurance or gym membership or whatever. The list of possibilities is infinite. People also like to acquire the best arguments, covet them and use them for personal gain, mostly without the consent of the owner. This is merely human nature, as the desire for intelligence sets us apart from the animals. If you don't believe me just consider the billions spent worldwide by intelligence agencies of various countries to obtain the arguments that others do not have.

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Currencies

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Managing Trade Deficits / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Alasdair_Macleod

Currency devaluation is seen by nearly every macro-economist to be the cure for trade deficits. Recently they have recommended it to Greece arguing for the reintroduction of the drachma so that the Greek economy can become "competitive", and "rebalanced". This widespread assumption is easily demonstrated to be incorrect.

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Currencies

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When the Tide Turns Into Cash / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

Here comes the “Better than Cash Alliance”.

So unless they can find a way to exempt themselves from this madness it will die in Congress.

The tighter they grip it, the more sand falls through their fingers.

Whistling past the graveyard for as long as they can, "living in the aborted moment". This will never work for simple reason. 

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Currencies

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Twilight of Cash? / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Andy_Sutton

Many decades ago you could walk into almost any bank with a bundle of cash and exchange it for a predetermined amount of gold and/or silver. Cash was used because of its portability, light weight, and the confidence of the citizenry that it was as good as gold. I’m sure you already know where this is going. Fast forward to present day and look around you at the plight of cash. It is now redeemable for nothing, is essentially worth nothing, has zero intrinsic value, and despite ludicrous measures, is rather easily counterfeited. So the question I’m going to pose is this: Why oh why would banks, the USGovt, and the global establishment want to outlaw and abolish something that is already a proxy for slavery and servitude? The dollar (and all paper currency for that matter) has already fulfilled its predestined purpose. A dollar buys a nickel’s worth – quite literally – and still people will break their backs, sacrifice their families, and even take the life of another all in the pursuit of pieces of paper. Why is the establishment so against cash?

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Currencies

Friday, June 05, 2015

China's Five Year Plan and The End of an Era / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Alasdair_Macleod

China is in the late stages of constructing its thirteenth five-year plan, a process that commenced over a year ago and will result in a first draft in October. While the bulk of the plan will concern regional and domestic development, it is the international aspects that will concern the rest of the world. The plan, which will produce specific goals for 2016-20, is already having an effect on China's foreign and trade policy.

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Currencies

Monday, May 18, 2015

Payments, Currencies, and Broken Money / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”- George Orwell

As an advocate for sound money, I am forever tormented by the egregious and overt growth of asset confiscation. The indirect tax from monetary inflation, bank bail outs and coming bail-ins, moral hazard, two tiers of justice accompanied by the gradual conditioning of the masses toward acceptance and true self denial.

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Politics

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The War On Cash: Governments Grabbing or Taxing Cash At Will Now / Politics / Fiat Currency

By: Jeff_Berwick

We have been warning for years that as bankrupt Western countries came closer to being completely insolvent that they would begin instituting capital controls, doing bank bail-ins, taxing cash and outright just stealing cash.

All of these things have come to pass now in one form or another.  Here are four examples of the countless that we could choose from.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Rise of the Paper Machines / Stock-Markets / Fiat Currency

By: DeviantInvestor

Since 2011 the financial markets have been dominated by rises in paper markets and declines in commodity markets.

Group One Paper Examples:  T-Bonds, US Dollar Index, S&P 500 Index

Group Two Commodity Examples:  Crude Oil, Sugar, Wheat, Gold, Silver

Group One markets are “paper” markets in fiat debt, fiat currency, and paper equities.  They are heavily influenced by “money printing,” Quantitative Easing, High-Frequency-Trading, futures, central banks, and political agendas.

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Currencies

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sound Money on the Drifting Sands of Belief  / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

My kids just exited the stage where they still believe pretty much whatever I say. We had a decent track record for a while. It seems like just a moment ago when my son actually believed that I could fly.
 
Belief can be constructive, powerful, and sometimes blinding. They arise from experience shaped by the stories we tell about them. Often the stories are told for us; and without contemplation we run with them.

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Currencies

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Global Currencies Teeter as Bonds Offer “Return-Free Risk” / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: MoneyMetals

Stefan Gleason writes: Never before has holding bonds denominated in national currencies been more risky and less rewarding. That may seem like a provocative statement, but it’s not hyperbole. It’s the reality investors around the world now face.

Sovereign debt issued by Western governments sport record-low yields – in some cases, negative yields! Earlier this year the yield on the U.S. 30-year Treasury dipped to an all-time low of 2.25%. Meanwhile, despite talk of rate hikes to come, the Federal Reserve continues to keep short-term rates near zero.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Paper Money Titanic Sinks At Dawn! / Stock-Markets / Fiat Currency

By: DeviantInvestor

What Titanic?  The RMS Titanic, or any of the following:

  • A titanic quantity of derivatives – say 1,000 Trillion dollars. A derivative crash was at the center of the 2008 market meltdown.  It could happen again since there is now more debt, leverage, and risk than in 2008.
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Currencies

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lessons of History, Part 1: Not a Mention of Money / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: John_Rubino

I’m listening to the audio version of George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I, written by Miranda Carter and brilliantly narrated by Rosalyn Landor. It’s the story of some almost supernaturally dysfunctional governments blundering into a war that seems more rather than less crazy with the passage of time.

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Currencies

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Gold, Dollar and the Swiss Surprise / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: Arkadiusz_Sieron

Let's step back in time. As we all remember, on January 15th, a surprise decoupling from the euro peg caused the Swiss franc to rally up to 23%, an unprecedented move in the currency market. Why was the peg introduced and later removed?

The SNB pegged the franc to the euro on September 6th, 2011, in the very middle of the Eurozone debt crisis. A few peripheral countries, whose debts had been downgraded to junk status, asked for bailouts. Therefore, investors ran from euros and moved into the Swiss franc, a traditional safe haven. The SNB introduced a minimal exchange rate at CHF 1.20 per euro (0.83 euro per franc) in order to resist the currency appreciation (the CHF gained 28% since the beginning of the Global Financial Crisis). Although gradual appreciation is positive and reflects the strength of a currency, sudden capital inflows and exchange rate fluctuations may be quite detrimental, and therefore the SNB began printing and selling francs to keep the currency from exceeding 0.83 euro.

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Economics

Friday, March 06, 2015

Euro Depreciation and U.S. Manufacturing / Economics / Fiat Currency

By: John_Rubino

The premise of a currency war is that by devaluing its currency a country is able to sell things overseas more cheaply, which gooses its growth at the expense of its trading partners.

If it actually works that way, then you’d expect this chart of the euro plunging against the dollar…

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Currencies

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Mr. Ponzi – Patron Saint / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: DeviantInvestor

Mr. Ponzi was a charming con-artist who operated about a century ago in the United States and Canada.  He enticed investors to contribute new money to his investment scheme (100% return in 90 days), skimmed a portion for his luxurious needs, and used the remaining money to pay off prior investors.  The system worked marvelously until it collapsed and people realized that his postal reply coupon investments could not produce the profits that supposedly paid off early investors.

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Currencies

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Who Decides What Is Money? / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: John_Rubino

The following is an edited excerpt from The Money Bubble: What To Do Before It Pops:

During a 2011 congressional banking subcommittee hearing, Texas congressman Ron Paul - long a champion of gold's role in the financial world - asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke if gold is money. "No," replied Bernanke, "It's an asset." Video of this exchange went viral in the gold-bug community, because the difference between money and an asset is, to people who care about such things, both profound and crucial to the future of the global financial system.

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Currencies

Monday, February 02, 2015

What Comes After Paper Money, Part 1: Fiat's Obvious Failure / Currencies / Fiat Currency

By: John_Rubino

Business Insider just posted a Deutsche Bank chart that illustrates the difference between life under the Classical Gold Standard and today's "modern" forms of money. It's for the UK only but is a pretty good representation of the world in general:

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