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Article posted Nov 07 2010, 5:06 PM Category: Economy Source: Financial Times Print

World bank president seeks gold standard debate


Leading economies should consider readopting a modified global gold standard to guide currency movements, argues the president of the World Bank.
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Mr Zoellick, a former US Treasury official, calls for a system that “is likely to need to involve the dollar, the euro, the yen, the pound and a renminbi that moves towards internationalisation and then an open capital account”. He adds: “The system should also consider employing gold as an international reference point of market expectations about inflation, deflation and future currency values.”
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"The scope of the changes since 1971 certainly matches those between 1945 and 1971 that prompted the shift from Bretton Woods I to II," Mr Zoellick writes. "Although textbooks may view gold as the old money, markets are using gold as an alternative monetary asset today."

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