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'Death of Money' Author James Rickards: Dollar Headed for Collapse

By    |   Thursday, 10 April 2014 07:29 PM

The outlook is not good for the dollar, says James Rickards, author and managing director at Tangent Capital Partners. Indeed, the dollar is headed for collapse, he told Bloomberg.

"Deflation is the biggest problem in the world. The world wants to deflate," said Rickards,  author of "The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System."

But central banks and governments are unwilling to tolerate deflation, he said. "It increases the debt-to-GDP ratio, destroys tax collection, creates bad debts and hurts the banks. So central banks will do anything to avoid deflation."

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And what do they do? "They print money," Rickards said. "If you print enough money, you will collapse confidence in the dollar. The ultimate backing of the dollar is confidence. If you destroy confidence …"

As for the Federal Reserve, it's "insolvent on a mark-to-market basis," Rickards said. "An FOMC [Federal Open Market Committee] member told me that. . . . The insiders will tell you that privately, but they won't say it publicly."

Quantitative easing has pushed the Fed's balance sheet to $4.3 trillion.

The dollar is a "perpetual non-interest-bearing note issued by an insolvent central bank," Rickards said. "How long can that go on before people walk away from it?"

John Aziz, economics correspondent for TheWeek.com, takes issue with Rickards.

"It's certainly true . . . that confidence in the U.S. dollar is the key to the dollar remaining the world's leading reserve currency," he wrote.

"Rickards sees this confidence being perilously eroded due to the Federal Reserve's money printing. But confidence in the U.S. dollar is about more than just how many dollars there are in the system."

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