The gold-standard is an extreme scenario.
Imagine the world’s top currencies collapsing. For lack of a better alternative, the world resorts to gold for conducting international trade.
Probably a situation that’s not going to occur.
But then, are we doing anything to stop it from occuring?
Q: Is the US doing anything concrete to reduce its debt?
Interpretation: USD will lose its stronghold as global currency at this rate.
Q: Does Europe have any concrete ideas about its financial future?
Interpretation: Euro is nowhere near toppling USD from its global currency status.
Q: Is China doing anything concrete to increase transparency?
Interpretation: Doesn’t make the Yuan a strong contender for top post.
Q: Is India doing anything concrete to reduce corruption?
A: Er…blah blah blah… No.
Interpretation: I’m not even trying to interpret the eyewash going on here.
Let’s move on to a country called Venezuela.
President Hugo Chavez just called all his gold home…!
Even if this is to taunt the US, it still is HOARDING.
Hoarding is infectious. The start of hoarding can trigger a “Domino-Effect”.
Whatever his ulterior motives were, Big Boy Hugo has taken the world one step closer to the gold standard.
To prevent hoarding from escalation, a counter statement needs to come, like NOW, from the major economic players of the world, something confidence-boosting. Don’t see that happening anytime soon. Seems that hoarding might escalate.
The gold-standard seemed to be a myth a few months ago. Now, at this stage, we seriously need to educate ourselves with regard to the gold-standard and position ourselves accordingly.