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  • Is there enough gold in the world to go back to a gold standard?

    I saw this on an anti-Ron Paul site today. Some marxist said if America goes back to the gold standard it would either have to buy up all the gold on earth or it would have to find a way to take money out of circulation in order for the amount of money to equal the amount of gold. Is this true?
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Freedom4Me73986 on Sat, Jul 16 2011
  • Advantages of Fiat Currency?

    Hey Mises Community members, I'm back with another question. I've been trying to figure out why we have a fiat currency system. There is a ton of information on the 'net about the DISadvantages of fiat currency, but few resources that address its advantages. The best I've found so far...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by aelephant on Wed, Jan 12 2011
  • Consequences of Monetary Reform?

    What are the political and economic consequences that will occur, nationally and internationally, if the United States tried to end it's fiat currency policy? Also/or: How likely is reform to occur considering the democratic nature of the United States?
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by djussila on Sat, Oct 2 2010
  • Sound Money Leads To Stagnant Economy?

    Hey guys, I have a question regarding sound money. I'm having an argument with someone who says that sound money would inhibit investment. Here's what the guy has to say: "A strong gold-backed currency, high interest rates and so on would make money so expensive that investment just wouldn't...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by SG875 on Thu, Jul 15 2010
  • how does defaulting on debt affect money supply?

    If you default on debt why does the money supply contract? If I borrow $100 from the central bank, then spend it into the economy and then tell the central bank I default, I can't pay the money back, than that is $100 extra in the system that will never be taken out. Correct? If I had paid the money...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Lawrence on Thu, Mar 11 2010
  • How many Swedish Kronas are out there?

    I wonder if anyone of you know how I can get information on the amount of "money" in circulation in my country (Sweden). I'm trying to figure out how similar our Riksbank is to the U.S. Federal Reserve. Ideally I want to get a picture of how, technically, Swedish interest rates are being...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by PEZ on Fri, Feb 19 2010
  • The Euro and the regression theorem

    It seems to me that the imposition of the Euro - which was established as a purely fiat money - puts the regression theory in perspective and possibly refutes it. If «nothing can enter into the function of a medium of exchange which was not already previously an economic good to which people assigned...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Stateless on Tue, Nov 17 2009
  • Elementary Econ. Questions

    I just finished the lecture course by Peter Klein and Joe Salerno, the Causal-Realist Approach to Economics, and the last lecture on banking and the business cycle was very fascinating. However, I was confused when Mr. Salerno said that the costs go up in the capital goods industry. Firstly, bank reserves...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by Savannah Liston on Sat, Oct 3 2009
  • Re: Commodity money, gold standard, fiat currency and Abuse

    I still don't quite see the point in switching to a 'gold standard' at all. Why not completely abolish the enforcement of a monopoly on any single currency, be that pure gold, gold-backed, silver, fiat etc? Why not just have open competing currencies and let the free-market decide which is...
    Posted to Economics Questions (Forum) by fingolfin on Wed, May 21 2008
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