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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 happens if a country omits the zeros of it's current money?

I mean, for example, the government changes all x10000 to x1; where x equals to currency of the respected country (Dollar, for instance).
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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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Effect of interest rates on currencies

I always understood that high interest rates in country A attract investors and cause the currency to appreciate. However, the interest rate parity theory suggests that high interest rates weaken a ...
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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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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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Facebook's Libra - Why would it vary in value

Facebook has come up Libra its version of crypto-currency. The unique feature of Libra is the "reserve" which backs Libra. The reserve is supposed to be held in stable global currencies (USD, GBP, ...
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Purchasing power of currency abroad

Say you have two countries A and B. Suppose we have a situation where country A's currency can purchase much more in country B than the other way round. What causes this phenomenen? Is it possible ...
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Where do Montenegro and Kosovo get their euros from?

Both Montenegro and Kosovo have unilaterally (?) decided to use euros as their official currencies. I think that most of their capital exists only as records in bank registers, so there is not much ...
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Are currencies equilibrating?

I was travelling recently and realised that dollars, euros, British pounds and Swiss francs all have more or less the same worth (i.e. 1 dollar $\cong $1 pound $\cong$ 1 euro $\cong $ 1 chf). This was ...
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Value of Currency Itself

What is the value of an individual piece of currency itself based on the efficiencies it allows in trade, in contrast to the value it represents? For example, people often talk (complain) about the ...
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How is seigniorage redistributed in the Eurozone?

An ECB page notes that: As euro banknotes travel freely across borders, at any one time the number of banknotes in circulation registered at each national central bank can vary enormously. The ...
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What would be the effects of an expiration date on currency?

Let's say we introduce a monetary system where each piece of money is printed with an expiration date - a year, perhaps. I'm imagining something rather different from inflation (although I do not ...
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Theory of Optimal Currency Areas

Should a country be more inclined or less inclined to join a currency union (common currency) under the following events: a) Increase in the size and frequency of AD shocks to the economy. b) Increase ...
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Calculating nominal GDP

I would like to understand one detail of how nominal GDP of a country in a given year is calculated. It seems to me that the GDP in each country is first calculated in the national currency and then ...
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“Increasing trade barriers causes a country’s currency to appreciate”?

Mishkin (2016, p. 476) writes: Barriers to free trade such as tariffs (taxes on imported goods) and quotas (restrictions on the quantity of foreign goods that can be imported) can affect the ...
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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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Can the major indice of an exporting nation decrease at the same time the currency devalues?

In the UK, the FTSE100 is achieving record highs at the same time the currency (GBP) is depreciating rapidly. The media often correlate the two events by reporting that since the indice is made of ...
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Soros shorting the pound

How did Soros make money by shorting the pound? When he sold the pound and made its price to decrease, he had to buy it back again to return the amount he borrowed, but doesn't buying the pound raise ...
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Commonly used indicators for currency pair strength?

I am attempting to write a program in Python that monitors a single currency pair, GPB/NZD to be specific. My main focus will be to run constant calculations every 2 to 3 minutes in order to give ...
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Is an EU single currency still a trade advantage in 2019?

When the single currency was planned, there was no internet and there all currency exchange was manual. Today the web can automatically convert prices using multiplication of the numbers in the ...
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Why is it a problem if a considerable amount of currency is hoarded by the enemy of the issuing government?

During WWII and after Pearl Harbor, the United States issued the Hawaii overprint notes because they feared the possibility that if the Japanese captured Hawaii they would also control a considerable ...
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Currencies fixed to gold

Based on the quoted section & example below: Why would the Franc or USD fall in price vs the other if they are both fixed to gold; why would having less gold cause paper money to contract? Why ...
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Paying Filipino workers in USD. What should the inflation rate be?

I'm not sure where to ask and, since this is not Personal Finance, I'm gonna ask it here. Here's my situation: for the past 2 years, I hired and trained a team of Filipino workers. They are paid in ...
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What is the maximum number of characters in a currency symbol?

In the program I am writing, I need to show a currency selector. I would like it to display currency symbols. For this, I need to know what is the longest, in characters, currency symbol (or rather ...
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What are the issues with currencies backed by commodities?

I have seen it suggested that currencies that are backed by a commodity are generally considered to be a bad idea in most cases. However, I have done a bit of my own research into representative money ...
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Gresham's Law applied to wampum and gold/silver coins in the 1600s

So I was reading an article by Nick Szabo called "Shelling Out" And in his introduction paragraph he explains how American Indians use bones and shells as a currency called "wampum". This currency ...
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How large is the Underground Economy in the U.S

How large is the Underground Economy in the US, and is it growing or getting smaller as a percent of GDP?
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Are cryptocurrencies a ponzi scheme or a bubble?

Several users in this forum have addressed bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as ponzi schemes. Bitcoins have several uses which could legitimate its value as a currency, but also have received ...
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If a currency is pegged to another currency which collapses, what happens? [closed]

If a currency X is pegged to another currency Y which collapses, what happens to currency X?
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Is it true that the U.S has to run a chronic trade deficit with the rest of the world as a price to pay for being the world's reserve currency?

I have heard of the argument that in order for USD to be reserve currecy, the rest of the world must own enough USD to store it as reserves. In order for the rest of the world to own enough USD, U.S ...
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Buying locally vs abroad

I interested in the net effect of buying locally versus abroad. The UK Government wants to buy a ship. It can buy from a UK or Korean shipyard. The unit price is the same for both yards: £10. A ten ...
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Why hyper-inflation?

I understand the $MV=PQ$ identity. I also understand the benefit for the government in some cases to having non increasing over time (even if high) values of $\Delta P$ (stealth tax & seigneur-age ...
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Can we get rid of banknotes and coins?

this is more a theoretical question, nowadays with Internet, Debit/Credit cards and Cryptocurrencies, why should we keep printing/making more physical money? granted not everybody has access to ...
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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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What does a central bank guarantee against its currency?

During the Bretton Woods system, currencies were issued against gold. In contemporary times, what is the real thing against which currency is issued? What does the fiat currency actually guarantee?
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Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolívar - Will it increase or fight hyperinflation?

According to recent news, Venezuela is lopping 5 zeros out of its regular Bolívar, and devaluing it, and pegging it to a cryptocurrence issued by Venezuela, to fight the economic situation (...
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Does accumulation of fiat currency cause instability?

If the value of fiat currency is a function of the supply of money and it's velocity, is the accumulation of that currency detrimental to its stability? I may be wrong in my understanding of the ...
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Does only “supply/demand” rule justify different prices for a digital good?

Provided the network infrastructure costs the same for the seller (if things going on with net neutrality weren't to effect that), certainly considering the fact that an average citizen of a given "...
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Why do different countries have different currency ? Why not there are different currencies for each 10-20 kilometers?

I have researched a bit in different forums. Main answers include: 1. So Different countries can control different monetary policies 2. So different countries can handle shocks(up and down). 3.Based ...
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Why does a stronger currency have a tightening effect on economic conditions?

http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2015/12/central-bank-predictability Ever since 1987, banks have been willing to cut rates when markets have wobbled. Driving down bond yields has been an ...
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Why does every electronic transaction of USD legally take place on American territory?

In an article of a respected German newspaper (Die Zeit) I found the following statement (translation by me): 90 % of all foreign exchange trades are dealt in USD. Since every electronic ...
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Does the currency in circulation equal the annual production of goods and services?

I have learned that in a country currency is printed equal to production of goods and services in a year. I want to know if in a year a country produces rice of 10000 rs. The government will print ...
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When/Why would a country want to create its own currency?

A while ago I asked how countries make a currency and give it value, specifically pointing out that I wasn't concerned about when/why such a thing would be done. Well, now I'm asking the exact ...
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Why don't we transact with securities rather than fiat money?

I don't know a whole lot about economics besides for an intro course I took once so bear with me please... I'm a software developer working with cryptocurrencies, and I got to thinking that it would ...
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Normalise historic values given in different currencies

I have historic monetary values given in different currencies and stemming from different points in time. I want to be able to compare them, and for that all must be given in the same currency, and ...
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How do excessive foreign reserves cause inflation?

I have studied that accumulation of foreign reserve has the potential to raise inflation levels in economy as the money base increases (= domestic currency + foreign reserve increases) and if it ...
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Confused about relation of inflation to a currency's depreciation?

I'm a complete newbie to this foreign exchange stuff and was reading about the impact a country's price levels have on exchange rates. So from what I understand, the general idea is that inflation ...
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What would happen if a country bans the trading of its currency against foreign currency?

The iranian rial has been losing its value rapidly recently. The dollar went from 40,000 rials to 60,000 rials in less than 6 month, most of the loss of value happening in the last few weeks. Iran ...
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Why would a common currency such as the Euro that can't be devalued be incentive for banks to lend money to a country?

I'm reading an article that is claiming that when the Euro was created, banks began lending more money to countries than before because as the Euro is a common currency across many countries one ...
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Can a currency crisis be the proximate cause of a debt crisis?

I'm just curious whether there are any historical examples of a currency crisis in a country (speculative attacks leading causing a sudden devaluation of currency) leading directly to a debt crisis?