Why Is the Ruble Soaring?
President Joseph Biden, March 26:
Business Standard, March 29:
Thus all rumors of the ruble’s demise are evidently… premature. Yet we are not one whit surprised.
Evidence — powerful evidence — indicates that most United States government policy is pure botchwork.
If its intended effect is A, you can bet high it will yield B. If its intended effect is B, you can bet high it will yield A…
Or H or O or X.
Yet the question lingers: Why has the ruble regained its bounce?
What Happened to the Ruble?
The common account runs this way…
Russian ogre Putin demands “unfriendly” nations — nations that have hurled sanctions at him — pay rubles for his natural gas stores.
Several unfriendly nations in Western Europe require Russian energies. And so they are whispering uncle and accumulating rubles.
Our spies in fact report that European nations are purchasing rubles under the gaming table… secretly… disguised from the public gaze.
These purchases have the ruble jumping in global currency markets.
These purchases would form a treason against the very sanctions Europe has stood up. Yet Mr. Putin has Europe by the ear. And so Europe must kneel before him.
Thus he is a very crafty and guileful fellow, this Putin.
Is the Consensus Wrong?
This account appears to contain substantial juice. It would heavily explain the ruble’s resurrection.
Yet old Daily Reckoning hand “Mish” Shedlock is not the least bit convinced it is true. He insists the consensus answer is moonshine:
What precisely is Russia doing to avoid sanctions and internally force demand for rubles? Eight actions, says Mr. Shedlock. Russian action 1:
Russian action 2:
Russian action 3:
All Eight Actions
Here Mish cites all eight Russian actions explaining the rocketing ruble:
Is Mr. Shedlock correct? Is the consensus accounting correct? Is neither correct? Are both correct?
We do not know. In our untutored and unprofessional opinion, each side scores its points. Yet we are fairly certain of the ruble’s future — and the dollar’s future.
Both are bleak.
Slow, Then Fast
The president exulted that sanctions had reduced the ruble to rubble. Yet the same sanctions may likewise reduce the dollar to rubble.
Blocs of nations have long been chasing dollar alternatives. These latest sanctions have merely forced the pace.
The world will no longer consider the dollar a dependable monetary bedrock. If the United States can kick Russia from the international payments system, it can kick other miscreants from the international payments system.
And the world is to its neck with miscreants — at least as identified by the United States government. They want something else.
Russia and China are pursuing developments along these lines.
Russia is evidently coaxing India to establish a payments system that skirts the dollar. All transactions will exchange rubles and rupees.
Meantime, Saudi Arabia is apparently weighing — gravely — China’s offer to trade oil for yuan.
We hazard additional anti-dollar proposals will come issuing in the coming months and years.
All Paper Currencies Die
In the longer haul, all paper currencies will likely reduce to rubble — ruble, dollar, pound, euro, yen, yuan and the rest.
History itself is the rock of our claim. History informs us that all paper currencies suffer extinction. No exceptions exist.
Paper currencies endure 27 years on average. Some live only months. Others, centuries. Yet 27 years is par.
The dollar has lived a far more enduring existence, of course. Yet like an aging starlet in the autumn years, the dollar’s high glories are in back of it.
Truth and Gold
What will fill its void? We do not pretend to know. Yet we hazard the money of the ages, gold, will fill it… partially at least.
Gold is a sort of monetary sodium pentothol. It tells enduring truths, truths inconvenient to the modern sensibility.
Gold exposes lies and the liars who say them.
“Truth, like gold, ”said Tolstoy, is obtained “by washing away from it all that is not gold.”
Truth lies presentl buried beneath layers and layers of muck, the accumulation of decades.
Perhaps it is time to begin washing it away — washing away all that is not gold.
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