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a generally accepted form of money, including coins and paper notes , which is issued by a government and circulated within an economy.

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What would happen if the world switched to a single currency?

What would happen if all countries suddenly stopped using local currencies and adopted a global currency (like the Euro, but for everyone)?
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How does US (its economy, banks, industry) profit from dollar being the "standard currency"?

How does US (its economy, banks, industry, "finance industry") profit from dollar being the "standard currency"? I am not seeking "ideological" explanations, but explanations of the mechanisms ...
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I lost $100 in the laundry, who won?

I lost a 100 dollars bill in the laundry (it was destroyed). I clearly lost 100 dollars. Where are they now? Who won 100 dollars?
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Real Exchange Rate vs PPP rate

I'm having troubles to understand the difference between the Real Exchange Rate and the PPP rate. I know the first one is calculated using a basket of goods and services so that the non-tradeable ...
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What are the reasons for Russian Ruble to strengthen in the past few days?

1 USD was about 75 Russian Rubles before the war in Ukraine began. After the sanctions, Russian Ruble quickly declined and 1 USD skyrocketed to 139 Rubles. Now it is back to around 85. What are the ...
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Why was Swiss National Bank in red by keeping fix exchange rate to Euro?

When I read news about the action of Swiss National bank of not keeping fix ration to Euro any more, I read in all articles, that it was too expensive for Swiss National Bank to keep the fixed ...
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Why is JPY considered a "safe currency"?

When the economic prospect around the world feels getting worse and/or getting higher uncertainty, usually the value of JPY is getting higher, because investors are said to start to buy JPY to shelter ...
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Currency substitution after withdrawal from a currency union?

Currency substitution is the situation where a country uses a foreign currency. For example, Montenegro and Kosovo unilaterally use the euro, El Salvador and Panama unilaterally use the dollar. In ...
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Why are CAD, AUD known as commodity currencies

Why are some currencies like CAD, AUD known as commodity currencies?
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Why don't Governments do away with the optics of taking on debt against new currency, and instead issue a limited currency every year (say 5% of GDP)?

Governments engage in the optical illusion of taking on debt against issued currency. The debt is effectively owed by the Government to itself. The value of the debt is completely controlled and ...
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Why do different countries have different currency?

Why do different countries have different currency? I have this question because I want to know why to divide it? If it's not divided then we can easily use the money anywhere and we won't need to ...
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What benefits does Bitcoin (i.e. cryptocurrency) offer?

I really, really like moderate inflation. I live in Sweden where the interest rates just went negative because we are on the brink of deflation, and the rate of inflation we have now is far too low. ...
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Why does any treasury / central bank hold gold?

I know the US treasury is slowly selling its gold reserves, but what is the actual mission and purpose when it comes to the holdings? What is the reasoning behind the slow rate of liquidation? I have ...
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How does a country devalue its currency?

I recently read an article in the New York Times that talked about China devaluing its currency (which I believe is held to a peg against the US Dollar). My question is: specifically what tools does a ...
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How could the Euro zone be broken up in an ordered way?

Let’s assume that the members of Euro zone all agreed that it would end in 18 months time with each country getting its own currency. What process could be put in place to allow this to happen ...
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What are the known / alleged problems against using energy as currency?

What are the known (and alleged) problems of using Joules (i.e. a measure of energy/work) as a currency? I tried to find such idea in Google (searched terms like "technocracy", since someone told me ...
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Wouldn't abolition of cash give rise to a substitute currency?

Some countries (e.g. Sweden and Denmark) plan to abolish physical cash in the future and restrict the use of cash to electronical deposits. One of the reasons for this is to prevent hoarding / boost ...
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How does a bank convert one currency to another?

Say for example I sell ZAR and buy USD. What happens behind the scenes so that the local ZAR bank is able to deposit USD into my account? Does the bank require some sort of USD cash reserve? How do ...
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What are the differences between the older gold standard and the current fiat money standard?

My current limited understanding is that the gold standard was a system in which there was a fixed currency amount per unit of gold. For example, 1 ounce of gold might be 100 USD. Another country like ...
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Why should Greece destroy their cash euros?

Leading economists in my country (Sweden) recommend and predict that (in the case of default) the Greek government will destroy all the euro bills in the country. Making holes in them and stamp them ...
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How can a country ensure its national currency is used by its citizens?

I am wondering how countries are able to force everyone to use its own currency, instead of some external currency (like the U.S. dollar or Bitcoin or cookies or something else not under government ...
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Why does a currency devaluation make a country more attractive for foreign direct investment?

The author of this article says "[the devaluation of the yuan] may also have impact on [foreign direct investment (FDI)] if China becomes a more attractive destination vis-a-vis India". Why is this? ...
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Uncovered Interest Parity question

I am trying to understand the fact that, given that the uncovered interest parity holds, a rise in dollar interest rates will cause the dollar to appreciate. Is this a good intuition? Uncovered ...
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Gold coins as currency?

My question is about gold standard. But not the version I always see mentioned (trading bills for gold at a set price). I mean having gold coins in circulation. For example, new currency consists ...
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How do countries create their own currencies (and give them meaningful value)?

Regardless of why they'd do it, what do countries do to make their own currency, replacing the old one, and give their new one value? I sorta get how it works, but this kind of economics is still ...
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Is there any pressure to keep currency exchange rates around 1?

I notice that for any pair of currencies, the exchange rates seem to stay around 1 (as opposed to, say, 1,000,000). This is no longer the case if one country experiences an economic crisis that ...
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The Currency Value

On what basis, The value of any currency changes: Does it depend on re-paying the loans. Or it depends on trade & exporting. (e.g. The "Dollar" equals 13 Egyptian pounds... What's the reason? Is ...
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Currency Values, Developing Economies and Balance of Trade

For a developing economy like India, where balance of trade is negative, is it good to have a weak dollar or a strong dollar? Dollar value increases (Rupee, the local currency, weakens), imports (...
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Why was there a sudden rise in trade-weighted US dollar value in 2014-2015?

I was trawling the web and happened upon this graph: https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/DTWEXM . The value of the trade-weighted US dollar was going steady until 2014-2015, rose rapidly, then it sort ...
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Conversion of GDP PPP International \$ 2005 into GDP PPP International \$ 2011

Essentially I have two different datasets that I'm trying to consolidate. One set of data comes from the World Bank Databank, and is a set of historical GDP PPP values for all countries expressed in ...
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Calculating the amount paid for a loan in today's dollars

So I was trying to figure out the amount paid for a loan in today's dollars using two different methods but they give me different results. I was hoping that someone could explain which method is ...
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Is there a good way of assessing an estimated absolute value of a currency?

If we want to figure out the strength of a currency relative to another currency, we look at the exchange rate between the two. However, I'm wondering what is the most accurate way of assessing the ...
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Why exchange rates of national currency are usually stable, where as cryptocurrency like bitcoin and ethereum is highly volatile?

Exchange rate of national currency like US dollar or INR don't fluctuate much during a month or year, but the exchange rate of cryptocurrency like bitcoin is highly volatile even in a single day. What ...
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Why does capital flight cause inflation?

Context: I was watching a video about Venezuela, and, it all started with capital flight due to poor confidence in the government. The government tried to stop it, and in the process it created a ...
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Can banks maintain Euro accounts if the country they're in leaves the eurozone?

If a country forcibly leaves the Eurozone, is it possible for banks within this country to maintain existing euro deposits? Or does leaving the eurozone mean those deposits are automatically ...
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Why GDP is converted to 2010 $US constant in international studies?

GDP is a widely-used macro control variable in finance-related papers, especially for international studies. I am wondering what is the reason why GDP is converted to $US 2010 as noted by WorldBank. ...
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Oliver Hart said that financing deficits by printing money can lead to hyperinflation "once the economy is close to full capacity". What does he mean?

In response to a poll on Modern Monetary Theory, Nobel Laureate Oliver Hart said that Governments financing deficits by printing more money "can quickly lead to inflation or even hyperinflation ...
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Central Banks Currency being used as value keeping hypothesis

I recently came up with the idea that all the worlds currencies with central banks may be being used as a way to steal value from people who give value to them. And no, im not talking about inflation (...
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What faction determines the strength of a state's currency and can that faction be rebelled?

I know that to determine the strength of a state's currency (a currency's Equilibrium Price), the following factors are contemplated by some faction, but I don't know what is that faction. ...
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