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China and Russia are agitating for a demotion of the dollar in the world monetary system with a new “super-sovereign” basket of currencies, possibly even including gold as the Russian’s have suggested, gaining stature as the new lynchpin. Though such talk may hearten the advocates of gold, the possibility of any sudden change in the world monetary system seems remote, if only because no alternative can provide the, necessarily very large and very liquid capital markets necessary to accommodate reinvestment of reserve assets now held in U.S. dollars. And, for all their talk, the Chinese, ...

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