The battle of the USD

Posted | 28/08/2014 / Views | 2378
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On an almost weekly basis in our Ainslie Weekly Wrap radio we are reporting yet another attack on the USD’s status as world reserve currency.  This following quote from a recent Clive Maund article probably puts this and the growing tensions with Russia into perspective as well as any:

“Russia, in alliance with China, is threatening to bring an end to the dollar as the global reserve currency, which would mean the end of the American empire.

We are witness to the greatest struggle of our age – the battle to maintain global dollar hegemony, and with it US economic, military and political dominance of the entire planet – and this struggle is now coming to a head.

Notwithstanding its undeniably great accomplishments of the past hundred years, the relationship of the United States to the rest of the world is parasitic. This is because it creates money and debt instruments out of nothing, requiring virtually no effort, which it then swaps for goods and services with other countries. Because the US dollar is the global reserve currency, it is able to rack up astronomic deficits that would be untenable for any other country. US debts are now at such levels that if the US dollar loses its reserve currency status, the United States economy will implode and it will quickly be reduced to the status of a banana republic – hence the sense of urgency in the face of growing threats.”

Even a weakening USD normally sees gold prices increase so one can only imagine the implications should this actually play out…