Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thanks to global inflation and stagnant wages, more people in poverty despite rise in standards

As a former Treasury Secretary to Richard Nixon once said to the rest of the world after the dollar was removed from the gold standard, “The dollar is our currency, but it is your problem.”  And in the years following the dollar morphing into a purely fiat form of money, the world has experienced this omen in great measure as the U.S. has exported its inflation to other locations as it expanded the money supply to astronomical levels.
And it is because of this inflation factor, coupled with a global wage stagnation that facilitated a decline in purchasing power, that has helped create more poverty around the world, despite the fact that the World Bank just raised the bar on what it considers poverty wages.  On Sept. 24, the World Bank modeled a new raising of the bar from $1.25 earned per day to $1.90, which would increase the categorized number of poor people around the world by hundreds of millions.

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