"Talk of BRICS gold backed currency seems like an echo chamber. They do not have the gold to back a currency meaningfully," said Marc Chandler, managing director of Bannockburn Global Forex. "Have we not learned anything from the EMU experience of monetary union without fiscal union. Color me profoundly skeptical."
Many analysts have been speculating about a new global currency to challenge the U.S. dollar's role as the world's reserve currency. In late March, Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O'Neill wrote in a paper published in the Global Policy Journal that the U.S. dollar's dominance is destabilizing global monetary policies. He added that a BRICS currency, challenging the U.S. dollar's dominance, would bring stability to the global economy.
"Whenever the Federal Reserve Board has embarked on periods of monetary tightening, or the opposite, loosening, the consequences on the value of the dollar and the knock-on effects have been dramatic," he said.
A competing reserve currency group to the US Dollar would act as a competing force and promote responsible monetary and fiscal action over the long term. In the short term, the scrabble to accumulate gold would be enormously disruptive and would result in a devaluation of every other asset relative to the metal’s price. That kind of pain tends to be sprayed around and would not be confined to the financial sector.Click HERE to subscribe to Fuller Treacy Money Back to top