Tuesday last week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetized 86% of the money in circulation, except for special uses. Ostensibly, it was a move to check black money, i.e., counterfeit money, money that was gotten through graft or corruption and money on which taxes had not been paid. In the four trading days following the
The biggest problem with paper money is that it can be created at will; and history shows that whenever paper money is disconnected from gold, it is eventually printed until it is worthless. Sometimes its destruction comes quickly, some over decades. The second biggest problem with paper money is that it can be cancelled by
Friday’s issues of the New York Times and the Financial Times painted glowing pictures for the US jobs market, based on October’s 161,000 jobs added. A quick investigation calls their conclusions into question.