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Will the United States Dollar be Replaced?

  1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
    TessSchlesingerposted 12 months ago

    With the advent of Trump (who is not liked internationally) and the renewal of the Reserve Currency coming up in 2020, will the world choose another reserve currency? The USA has held the reserve currency (the currency against which all other currencies are measured) for more than half a century. However the financial fiasco of 2008 has led to questioning of American financial responsibility. There is talk of China taking over.

    In addition, South East Asia is now increasingly using the Chinese Rennmbi (RMB) to buy goods with China and the rest of South East Asia. They used to use the US Dollar.

    Together with the new Silk Road (the bullet trains that China has built right across Europe to enable delivering her goods), it is not a distant possiblity that the Chinese currency will replace the American ccurrency.

    Here is one of the many articles that are currently written about it.

    http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/01/11 … -pub-67671

    While the dollar may well hold on to its Reserve Currency status, the questions is: What will happen to the USA if it doesn't?

    1. Justin Earick profile image83
      Justin Earickposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      No, multinational corporations rule the world, so there is zero chance that the petro-dollar will be replaced in the near future.

      1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
        TessSchlesingerposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        I'm not sure I follow your reasoning. Multi-national corporations are not only American. Petro dollars are going out of fashion. The World Economi Forum has just put climate change as its main agenda beause their profits are now being damaged through climate change. So they are switching investments.

        Also, some countries are now beginning to do without petrol at all, and the cost of energy will reach zero within the next decade.  So countries running on petrol will become unprofitable because they will still be paying for gas while other countries aren't.

        So what am I missing?

        1. Justin Earick profile image83
          Justin Earickposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          The petro-dollar does not go out of fashion until petrol goes out of fashion. I'd prefer that be sooner than later, but so long as they remain among the most profitable industries in the history of the world, and are allowed to exert their influence over governments the world over...

          1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
            TessSchlesingerposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            I have to read between the lines here. You're saying that the dollar won't lose the reserve currency because different countries are using it to buy petrol?

            Firstly, the reserve currency has nothing to do with buying petrol. It is the currency that is selected to measure all other currencies in order to establish foreign exchange. And while petrol is an enormous industry, it is far from the the only thing that is bought and sold on this planet. Added to that an increasing number of countries are apprroaching a point where somewhere between half and all of their energy is derived from sustainable energy. Sustainable energy is now cheaper than petro energy (outside the USA).

            The majority of items on the agenda at the World Economic Forum (currently at Davos) are about climate change, the damage floods, etc. are doing to business, and switching of portfolios into other more sustainable investments.

            China is investing $360 billion in sustainable energy by 2020.

            Even Saudi Arabia has seen the writing on the wall and is spending nearly $50 billion on renewable energy.


            So while I understand what you are saying, I don't think that petrol is going to ensure that America keeps the dollar as the reserve currency. There may be other reasons, but I don't think that one qualifies.

        2. ahorseback profile image79
          ahorsebackposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          If and when the economy of the U.S. and the world in general is "replaced "  it will be a distant and slow metamorphosis    ,     One must consider how much of the worlds economies , manufacturing , internal economics ,futures  trading ,energies and international economic organizations  are directly connected to the U.S. dollars  huge U.S.  consumerism ,  How much  ALL international economics is directly connected to the incredible power of the dollar AND  the  Brexit and  the E.U. is but  one indicator of the power of the dollar and the weakness of other not only entire national but international economies as well .

          Not that more economic  isolation might not be a bad thing for the US dollar , In many peoples  opinion ,  but the complexity of the worlds interwoven dependency on the dollar or whatever source of economic measure dictates that even the very  idea of change is a distant and  extremely complicated  proposition .   

          China's very internal and wholly regional economy for instance , is far too dependent on manufacturing  alone for it's "economic vibrancy" for one and  Its prehistoric and paranoid political isolation for two , and  its dependency on exported consumerism for three ,to be any threat to the power of the dollar , at least for decades to come.

          The only threat to the U.S. dollar driven  international economy will be from some  possible international group of the fairly distant future .  The E.U. was the only likely  chance .  Not likely to be repeated  anytime soon.

          1. TessSchlesinger profile image94
            TessSchlesingerposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Very good points. Thanks.

  2. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 12 months ago

    If the currency status changes it will not because of who is president.  The currency is used in other nation because it holds a stable value.  Even if Trump went full Caligula that is unlikely to change.