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By Tom Mucha, Global Post

Truth is elusive. But it’s a good thing we have math.

Our friends at Business Insider know this, and put those two principles to work today in this excellent and highly informative little slideshow, made even more timely by the ongoing talks in Washington, D.C. aimed at staving off a U.S. debt default.

Here’s the big idea:
Many people — politicians and pundits alike — prattle on that China and, to a lesser extent Japan, own most of America’s $14.3 trillion in government debt.

But there’s one little problem with that conventional wisdom: it’s just not true. While the Chinese, Japanese and plenty of other foreigners own


Today, Monday, August 15, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of the US default on the dollar’s convertibility into gold. It was the world’s de facto reserve currency and thus began an experiment with a reserve fiat currency that was doomed to failure before it began, because there has never been a successful fiat currency in all of history.

August 15, 1971 was just like any other day for most people, and President Nixon’s unprecedented decision to cut the US dollar’s gold international convertibility was largely ignored by the public. The majority of citizens didn’t understand the implications for their financial future. Contrast that to today, where a historic downgrade of US debt and a very public $2-trillion increase of the debt ceiling dominated headlines and the television news.


  • الأسواق العالمية تنتظرها خسائر قياسيةConfirmed that the global economy threatened to collapse .. And the dollar is no longer a safe haven
  • Experts call quickly revalue the riyal and the diversification of Saudi investments

August 7, 2011

World markets await record losses
Saudi economists emphasized that the world lost a dollar as a safe haven assuring dealt with over the decades as well as gold in the event of any economic turmoil, and after agencies cut credit ratings mark the public debt of the United States yesterday.

Economists said that the positive results achieved by the Saudi riyal and the national economy over the decades by its association with the dollar is no longer available today, calling for the rapid re-evaluation of the riyal exchange rate, and proceed immediately in the distribution of Saudi investments in more than a basket rather than in one basket is a basket of America “worn”.


The practice of using the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency has become well entrenched in the minds of global investors. In fact, the system has become so habitual that many now believe there is no alternative to owning U.S. debt and dollars, simply because they are about as common as dirt.

The reasoning for this is since the market for Treasuries and greenbacks is so large; there is no other parking place for that money, which makes a mass exodus from U.S. debt holdings virtually impossible. Therefore, investors can’t sell and values can never go down in a significant manner. Such sophomoric reasoning is akin to saying IBM stock can never fall precipitously unless most owners decided to sell their shares.


Washington may have averted a debt default by compromising on how to cut the US budget deficit, but underlying problems remain and those economic woes are driving a global search for an alternative reserve currency.

Officials, from the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the Philippines finance minister, have warned that the US dollar may lose its reserve status.

For China, the largest lender to the US and the world’s second biggest economy, the answer is close to home.

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