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The Death of Money

The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

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"The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: war, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching--and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk. The American dollar has been the global reserve currency since the end of the Second World War. If the dollar fails, the entire international monetary system will fail with it. No other currency has the deep, liquid pools of assets needed to do the job. Optimists have always said, in essence, that there's nothing to worry about--that confidence in the dollar will never truly be shaken, no matter how high our national debt or how dysfunctional our government. But in the last few years, the risks have become too big to ignore. While Washington is gridlocked and unable to make progress on our long-term problems, our biggest economic competitors--China, Russia, and the oilproducing nations of the Middle East--are doing everything possible to end U.S. monetary hegemony. The potential results: Financial warfare. Deflation. Hyperinflation. Market collapse. Chaos"--
ISBN: 9781591846703
1591846706
Branch Call Number: 332.4 R
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 24 cm

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Nov 18, 2014
  • byoneoka rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the best analysis I've seen of the complex predicament facing us in 2014. We are in a dreaded deflation, slow economic growth, and high money printing--with the overhang of overwhelming debt and an enormous deficit. The US faces only hard choices. Traditional fiscal and monetary policy tools won't be enough to solve this. Rickard argues convincingly that the root problems are structural and have become too great-- regardless of which path(s) the major players take in response-- we will likely see a global crisis that will last a generation, bigger than the Great Depression. It will be driven by the collapse of the dollar and our international monetary system. Written in a clear, practical manner. A must read.

B. Yoneoka

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