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Davos 2015

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As the World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, much attention will be devoted to the usual suspects: Russia, China, the Middle East, and the eurozone. But other global risks – including protracted war, epidemics, inequality, and environmental disasters – have also come into view.

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    The Big Float

    Barry Eichengreen

    Fifty years ago this August, President Richard Nixon ended the era when the dollar was firmly anchored to gold at a fixed price, auguring a new era of floating exchange rates. So, why does the greenback continue to reign over the international monetary and financial system?

    dissects two recent books on the international monetary system since the US abandoned the gold standard in 1971.
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