By: Elliott Wave International
My dad will turn 84 this year. When he was born, you could walk into a Federal Reserve Bank or the Treasury and redeem your paper money for gold. It actually said you could on every piece of U.S. paper currency:
"Redeemable in gold on demand at the United States Treasury, or in Gold or lawful money at any Federal Reserve Bank."
You can't do that today, which helps explain why my dad is so grumpy.
But, seriously, I mention my father to make it personal. The move away from the gold standard did happen in the lifetime of some folks who are still around. Is that such a big deal?
Well, it is a big deal when the government unilaterally changes all economic and financial transactions, from having a basis in something, to ... Continue reading "Ink + Paper Doesn't Equal Value: Prechter on Fiat Money"