POSTED ON August 8, 2023Australia has become the front line in the war on cash with an aggressive effort to ring physical money out of the economy. Over the last financial year, more than a billion dollars worth of physical cash disappeared from circulation, according to data released by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). The Australian news service 9News called it "the strongest sign yet" that the country is moving toward a cashless society.
POSTED ON July 18, 2023You had better get ready for the world of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) because they are coming. And they are coming fast. According to a recent survey by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), as many as 24 CBDCs could be in circulation by 2030.
POSTED ON June 21, 2023Another state has taken action hoping to hinder the implementation of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in the United States. Last week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill into law that pushes back against CBDC in a small way that could place some roadblocks in the path toward implementing a digital dollar.
POSTED ON May 30, 2023The Indian central bank has announced another round of demonetization with a plan to withdraw 2,000-rupee notes from circulation. The announcement led to a big jump in gold bullion sales. The 2,000-rupee note will remain legal tender, but they will have to be deposited or exchanged for smaller denominations by Sept. 30.
POSTED ON May 16, 2023Laws recently enacted in Florida and Indiana ban the use of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) as money in those states.
POSTED ON May 3, 2023On May 2, a Texas House committee passed a bill to create 100% reserve gold and silver-backed transactional currencies. Enactment of this legislation would create an option for people to conduct business in sound money, set the stage to undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money, and possibly create a viable alternative to a central bank digital currency (CBDC).
POSTED ON April 5, 2023Bills introduced in the Texas House and Senate would create a state-issued, gold-backed digital currency. Enactment of this legislation would create an option for people to transact business in sound money, set the stage to undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money and create a viable alternative to a central bank digital currency (CBDC).
POSTED ON March 10, 2023There has been a lot of talk about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) lately. Supporters tell you they will provide a safe, secure, convenient alternative to cash. But in this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey digs deeper and explains that CBDCs are actually about more government control. He also talks about how Jerome Powell talked and tanked the markets this week.
POSTED ON March 7, 2023Violent protests in Nigeria reveal that getting average people to embrace central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) might be more difficult than government officials would like. Nigerians recently took to the streets to protest a cash shortage caused by government policies adopted in order to push the country into the adoption of its central bank digital currency (CBDC). Protesters attacked bank ATMs and blocked streets, and demonstrations turned violent in some cities.
POSTED ON February 28, 2023There has been a lot of talk about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The powers that be sell CBDCs on the promise of convenience and security. But in reality, they are part of a broader "war on cash" and a push to give governments even more control and power over you and me. Digital currencies could allow governments to track and even control everybody's spending. But some state legislators are pushing back against CBDCs and working to implement laws to protect people in their state from this excessive federal government control.