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Jeffrey E. Garten: When the U.S. gave up gold
By Jeffrey E. Garten
The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Fifty years ago next month, at a secret weekend meeting at Camp David, President Richard Nixon and his top economic advisors decided to take the U.S. off the gold standard.
The dramatic move, announced by the president upon his return to the White House on August 15, 1971, suspended the most fundamental rules of the international monetary system, affecting the prices of all products, commodities, and services in world commerce.
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Asante Gold Acquires Key Exploration Land
on Ashanti and Asankrangwa Gold Belts in Ghana
via Globe Newswire, Omaha, Nebraska
Friday, May 28, 2021
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada -- Asante Gold Corp. (CSE: ASE / Frankfurt: 1A9 / U.S. OTC: ASGOF) reports that it has received notice from the Minerals Commission of Ghana that eight highly prospective concessions covering approximately 314 square kilometers have been recommended for transfer to Asante.
These licenses are comprised of the Diaso (104.1 km2), Juabo (59.2 km2), Manhia (18.69 km2), Dunkwa Gyimigya (32.72 km2), Gyimigya (5.52 km2), Agyaka Manso (40.0 km2), Amuabaka (28.86 km2), and Nkronua-Atifi (24.97 km2) prospecting licenses. All licenses are being acquired as issued by the Minerals Commission from Goknet Mining Co. Ltd. pursuant to the terms of agreement with Goknet dated December 28, 2016.
The concessions were variously explored by Canadian exploration juniors Nevsun Resources, Tri-Star Gold, and Golden Rule Resources in the late 1990s and most recently by PMI Gold Corp. (now Galiano Gold) from 2002 through August 2014, when rights to the land were acquired by Goknet. ...
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No policy choice since World War II has done more to shape global exchange, with repercussions still visible in today's economic and geopolitical rivalries.
Nixon’s decision overturned arrangements created by the U.S. and its wartime allies in 1944 at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, where Washington had agreed to exchange dollars for gold at a rate of $35 per ounce.
Making the dollar convertible into gold, and pegging every other currency to dollars at a fixed rate, was meant to inject stability into international commerce. The hope was to avoid the sort of competitive currency depreciations and rampant tariff increases that had worsened the Great Depression in the 1930s and helped to precipitate a world war. ...
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