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Asian Clearing Union to adopt SWIFT alternative

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News Date: June 1, 2023

Within the coming weeks, ACU member states plan to introduce the Iranian-developed system.
During a recent summit in Iran, the members of the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) decided to compete with the SWIFT global payment network by launching a new cross-border financial messaging system in June.
ACU members include the central banks of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Iran.
According to reports, the new, unnamed method for banking communication among ACU members was designed by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).
Along with the top representatives from the ACU member states, the conference also included the governor of the Russian central bank, representatives from Afghanistan, and Belarus.
Last week, applications for membership in the ACU were submitted by Belarus and Mauritius.
Mohammad Reza Farzin, the governor of the CBI, disclosed that the bloc would look to expand its membership and vary the payment methods it accepts in order to support a more comprehensive de-dollarization drive.

An Asian Bretton Woods is suggested

An Asian Bretton Woods may be on the way.
Sergei Glazyev, a senior Russian economist and Minister in charge of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EAEU), was leading a committee planning a new trade currency for the Eurasian Economic Union.
At the same time, the new trade settlement currency was to be available to any other nation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the expanding BRICS membership.
Logic suggests that a gold-backed currency will be the outcome of Glazyev's EAEU committee's trade currency deliberations after all, because of a subsequent announcement from Moscow concerning a new Russian bullion market.
Source: goldmoney.com

Welcome to Blockchain, Federal Reserve!

Once Anti-Bitcoin, JPMorgan Provides Banking Services to Crypto Exchanges Coinbase and Gemini.
Source:cointelegraph.com

Gold standard strategy and the collapse of dollar

The dollar is no longer pegged to gold, but it is still the world's reserve currency. Over 60% of the foreign bank reserves are currently held in US Dollars.
There have been efforts by numerous countries (led by China and Russia) to dethrone the US Dollar as the world's reserve currency. China has been reducing its exposure to the Dollar for a long time, and both China, as well as Russia, have been stocking up on gold in recent times.
Central banks added 650 tons to their reserves in 2019, the second highest shift in 50 years, after the 656 tons added in 2018. Before the 2007-09 financial crisis, central banks were net sellers of gold worldwide for decades. Leading the recent spree has been China, Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
China can escape the fate of a dollar collapse by tying the yuan to gold. There is little doubt she has access to sufficient gold. Currently, her interest is to preserve the dollar, not destroy it, because it is the principal means of Chinese foreign interests being secured.
Sources: www.fxstreet.com, uk.news.yahoo.com, seekingalpha.com

Government documents from 2014 refer to XRP

The United States Government Accountability Office:
Other virtual currencies that have been created are not based on the bitcoin protocol.
One of the more prominent examples is XRP, which is used within a decentralized payment system called Ripple.
Ripple allows users to make peer-to-peer transfers in any currency.
A key function of XRP is to facilitate the conversion from one currency to another.
For example, if a direct conversion between Mexican pesos and Thai baht is not available, the pesos can be exchanged for XRP, and then the XRP for baht.
Source: www.gao.gov

Donald Trump vows big tax cuts again

Donald Trump promised big tax cuts for all Americans if elected president, while discussing a range of economic strategies during a large rally held in New Jersey on May 11th.
"Instead of a Biden tax hike, I'll give you a Trump middle class, lower class, business class, big tax cut. You're gonna have the biggest tax cut.", he stated.

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