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Forum Post: History Lesson:Forgotten moments from our recent past that brought us to this point AGAIN, Yet remain unreported...

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 4, 2011, 1:46 p.m. EST by Bomer (58)
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United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Monetary_and_Financial_Conference The summary of agreements states, "The nations should consult and agree on international monetary changes which affect each other. They should outlaw practices which are agreed to be harmful to world prosperity, and they should assist each other to overcome short-term exchange difficulties."

Bretton Woods system http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bretton_Woods_system The chief features of the Bretton Woods system were an obligation for each country to adopt a monetary policy that maintained the exchange rate by tying its currency to the U.S. dollar and the ability of the IMF to bridge temporary imbalances of payments.

On August 15, 1971, the United States unilaterally terminated convertibility of the dollar to gold. As a result, "[t]he Bretton Woods system officially ended and the dollar became fully 'fiat currency,' backed by nothing but the promise of the federal government."[1] This action, referred to as the Nixon shock, created the situation in which the United States dollar became the sole backing of currencies and a reserve currency for the member states. At the same time, many fixed currencies (such as GBP, for example), also became free floating.

Nixon Shock http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon_shock#References To stabilize the economy and combat the 1970 inflation rate of 5.84%,[3] on August 15, 1971, President Nixon imposed a 90-day wage and price freeze, a 10 percent import surcharge, and, most importantly, "closed the gold window", ending convertibility between US dollars and gold. The President and fifteen advisers made that decision without consulting the members of the international monetary system, so the international community informally named it the Nixon shock.

By December 1971, the import surcharge was dropped, as part of a general revaluation of the major currencies, which thereafter were allowed 2.25% devaluations from the agreed exchange rate. By March 1976, the world’s major currencies were floating — in other words, the currency exchange rates no longer were governments' principal means of administering monetary policy.



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[-] 1 points by FOXraisedHitler (36) from New York City, NY 12 years ago

OWS should focus on Wallstreet, not politics hold hostage by them

[-] 1 points by OccupyCentre (263) 12 years ago

True enough. The only difference is that this time, the changes are coming from the 99% through OWS and the Global Occupy Movement. The previous time, governments stepped in. This time, they will follow the OWS lead.