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The Petrodollar Wars 107: The Petrodollar Collapse

I thought that I was done with this series of posts. However, I’ve since been told that I’ve missed out the last part of the story. That is: what happens if/when the Petrodollar System collapses? So, if this is the first time you’re reading this, here’s the backstory*: *although you probably only need to read […]

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The Petrodollar Wars 106: The Petrodollar Conspiracy

Right – this is the post that I’ve been building up to on the back of five previous ones: Petrodollar Wars 101: What was the Gold Standard? – where I gave the briefest possible history of currency, and how the British Empire brought the world onto the Gold Standard. Petrodollar Wars 102: The US Dollar Gold […]

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The Petrodollar Wars 105: The Global Currency of Reserve

To briefly recap: Petrodollar Wars 101: What was the Gold Standard? – where I gave the briefest possible history of currency, and how the British Empire brought the world onto the Gold Standard. Petrodollar Wars 102: The US Dollar Gold Standard – where I talked about the various failures of the interwar period, Keynes’ grand […]

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The Petrodollar Wars 104: Welcome the Fiat Currency

To briefly recap: Petrodollar Wars 101: What was the Gold Standard? – where I gave the briefest possible history of currency, and how the British Empire brought the world onto the Gold Standard. Petrodollar Wars 102: The US Dollar Gold Standard – where I talked about the various failures of the interwar period, Keynes’ grand idea that never was, […]

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The Petrodollar Wars 103: the collapse of Bretton Woods

Thus far: Petrodollar Wars 101: what was the Gold Standard? – where I gave the briefest possible history of currency, and the British Empire brought the world onto the Gold Standard. Petrodollar Wars 102: The US Dollar Gold Standard – where I talked about the various failures of the interwar period, Keynes’ grand idea that […]

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The Petrodollar Wars 102: The US Dollar Gold Standard

To recap from the last Petrodollar post, the big countries had been trying and failing to get back onto the Gold Standard since the beginning of the First World War. During the Interwar Period There was a brief period of time when the various governments got together and established a “Gold Exchange Standard”. The general […]

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The Petrodollar Wars 101: what was the Gold Standard?

Welcome to conspiracy theories in the world of finance… However. I happen to find this particular theory quite convincing. Two reasons: It actually offers an answer to the question: “Why do we still use the US dollar as our primary trading currency?” Also, I feel like it explains why we keep accusing America of going […]

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Overpopulation and the new Dan Brown novel

Two weeks ago, I zipped through the latest Dan Brown book. And it was awesome. Obviously, there are the critics – but I love pacey detective thrillers that involve puzzles and artefacts and surprise twists that aren’t altogether that surprising. And much like Michael Crichton’s style of story-telling, each Dan Brown book plays around with […]

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The Price of Incivility

My life was made more awesome by iTunes. It gave me iTunes U and podcasts – the two things that make my time in traffic worthwhile*. And this weekend, on my way out to dinner, I listened to this one: “The High Cost of Rudeness at Work“ It’s a brief interview with Christine Porath, the […]

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How To Win The Lottery

In the world of business today, not much seems to be happening. Bloomberg is scrambling around trying to pick-up scoops (about Google buying out yet another map service) from “people close to the matter”. Someone wrote on article on why Economic Sanctions don’t work. There is the daily drama on what happened to US stocks and who/what […]

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