The Dollar Crisis

The Dollar Crisis

Causes, Consequences, Cures

Book - 2005
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In this updated, second edition of the highly acclaimed international best seller, The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures , Richard Duncan describes the flaws in the international monetary system that have destabilized the global economy and that may soon culminate in a deflation-induced worldwide economic slump.

The Dollar Crisis is divided into five parts:

Part One describes how the US trade deficits, which now exceed US$1 million a minute, have destabilized the global economy by creating a worldwide credit bubble.

Part Two explains why these giant deficits cannot persist and why a US recession and a collapse in the value of the Dollar are unavoidable.

Part Three analyzes the extraordinarily harmful impact that the US recession and the collapse of the Dollar will have on the rest of the world.

Part Four offers original recommendations that, if implemented, would help mitigate the damage of the coming worldwide downturn and put in place the foundations for balanced and sustainable economic growth in the decades ahead.

Part Five , which has been newly added to the second edition, describes the extraordinary evolution of this crisis since the first edition was completed in September 2002. It also considers how the Dollar Crisis is likely to unfold over the years immediately ahead, the likely policy response to the crisis, and why that response cannot succeed.

The Dollar Standard is inherently flawed and increasingly unstable. Its collapse will be the most important economic event of the 21st Century.

Publisher: Singapore : John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd., c2005
Edition: Rev. and updated. --
ISBN: 9780470821701
Characteristics: xi, 324 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Mar 19, 2018

This is an interesting and revelatory book that exposes the major flaws of the current global economy: excess liquidity caused by fiat currency, ultra low wages causing financial dislocations and the lack of a self balancing mechanism in the global trade.

The author does a great job in explaining every concept, not too technical or fundamental, but its ready requires some financial and economic background.

Dated from 2005, the book and its context are outdated however -and when putting them in perspective, specially around 2008- we can discern how right was the author about some of the issues mentioned. Now, in 2017 these structural issues are still in our economic plumbing. Now the question is when will overflow countries and drown its citizens.

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