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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 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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Should we get rid of the Penny?

Jeff Gore has suggested to scrap the 1 cent coins a few years ago. Why doesn't the US cancel the pennies? Is it really that bad as ?
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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?
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The link between US debt of $250 Trillion dollars and “Promise to pay” on US Dollar currency

Giving background to my question: a prominent economist was discussing the problems of the US currency and predicting it's collapse, said the following: "...a currency is a store of value, it's a ...
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Is there merit to the argument of reducing the US trade deficit

Is the merit to the argument of reducing the US trade deficit and the inequitable tariff regime imposed by its trading partners that works unfavorably towards the US. Does this give merit to the ...
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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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how does the USA maintain the value of it currency in light of $800 billion trade deficits

In light of its Reserve currency status, How does the USA maintain the value of it currency in light of $\$800$ billion trade deficits that have accumulated to over $\$12$ trillion as pointed out by ...
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Considering how USD enters the market, is the USD actually unbacked? Could the USD represent a unit of a “fund” of securities held by the Fed?

From my understanding, all new money enters the market either 1) by the Fed lending it to banks, so the Fed essentially owns bonds in the exchange, or, 2) The Fed purchasing other financial assets. So ...
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How does Egypt prevent people from arbitraging their currency?

Apparently Egypt uses a fixed exchange rate so there is a substantial difference between the government rate for the Egyptian pound and the price on the street. What prevents someone from just buying ...
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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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What may have caused these blips in the value of Euro vs. US dollar

I was looking at the USD/EUR exchange rates a few minutes ago (Saturday evening, Eastern Time Zone here in USA) at xe.com and noticed some sharp blips on it from earlier today. The graph looked as ...
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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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Currency Value Formula

I recently have gained interest in the way currency value is derived in crypto-currencies and have researched the ins and outs of supply and demand. Is there a particular mathematical formula to ...
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In a closed system, what is the relationship, if any, between currency supply and market capitalization?

Assuming: A world in which the market value of publicly traded companies is known Any transaction to buy or sell stock of said companies can only be consummated with a new currency X, which is freely ...
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How many US Dollars are lost or destroyed annually?

Are there any estimates on how many US Dollars are lost or destroyed annually? By "lost or destroyed", I mean permanently removed from circulation because the currency is no longer usable For ...
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How could the Roman sestertii/sesterces be converted into modern terms (say 2017 US$)?

Of course, the value of the sesterti must itself have fluctuated over the centuries it was in use. And so if I must narrow it down, I am particularly interested in its value during the time of ...
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How do economic and financial policies in government deal with cryptocurrencies?

Given the decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum, how can centralized organisations like banks and the government create policies around it without changing the way ...
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Why are different currencies able to purchase different amounts?

I am baffled by this for so many years! Kindly, explain this in layman's terms (i.e. to a guy who never studied economics at a university): I can purchase one dozen of eggs for €3.52 in Frankfurt, ...
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Is it possbile central banks are outside of books getting money from deflation? [duplicate]

Is it possile that central banks are secretly stealing from the economy by printing money when the the dollar deflates, so the dollar stay the same value and nobody notice it? What if the dollar ...
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Financial Smart Contract on Ethereum: can an Ether Futures contract be priced in Ether?

BACKGROUND This is more in the wheel-house of economics than programming, but after a few different titles, I thought it best not to skirt around the root of my question OR create a oddly phrased USD ...
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What's the economic effect of a country reducing its imports?

If a country enacts a program that successfully reduces its imports, eg: A 'buy local' advertising campaign A program of training mechanics to maintain older cars, rather than buying new imports An ...
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Why would Switzerland, with its export-driven economy, worry about weakening against the dollar?

I was reading about the SNB's decision to abandon the peg in 2015, and among the various articles I read, one from CNBC quoted the SNB president saying the following "The euro has depreciated ...
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Is it valid to compare cryptocurrencies by using their smallest divisible unit?

I'd like to compare the relative value (in USD) of three cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and IOTA. (See spreadsheet below.) Specifically, I'm comparing the price of each currency's smallest unit ...
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Is there something that does not change its value that can be used to measure currency inflation?

Currency is represented as an exchange for something valuable, whether it be an object or work. Prices for objects can change over time, depending on demand and supply, making objects unreliable to ...
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Why Yen grew stronger after North Korea's H-bomb threat? [duplicate]

Financial markets have had only a muted reaction to the dispute in recent months, but on Friday assets regarded as havens for investors jumped immediately after the news of North Korea’s latest H-...