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News Date: May 20, 2023

The planned BRICS cross-border currency is an important step in challenging the dominance of the U.S. dollar, according to Zhou Yu, director of international finance Research at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, revealed a recent report from China's Global Times.
Zhou states that the recent moves to support local currency settlement have given the BRICS countries a competitive advantage in reducing the dominance of the dollar in international trade.
Iran, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt are among the potential countries to join and adopt the BRICS currency in 2023.

Gold Standard Bill re-introduced

U.S. Congressman Introduces Gold Standard Bill as Inflation Spirals Out of Control.
Rep. Alex Mooney proposes the United States adopt a new gold standard after U.S. government officials first disclose all gold holdings and secret gold transactions, allowing the gold price to adjust to its fair market value.
Referred to as the 'Gold Standard Restoration Act' by sound money activists, H.R. 9157 calls for the repegging of the Federal Reserve note to gold in order to address the ongoing problems of inflation, runaway federal debt, and monetary system instability.
Alex Mooney also introduced H.R.5404 (2018), a bill to define the dollar as a fixed weight of gold.
Sources: accesswire.com , gesara.news

Zimbabwe to back its currency with gold

Update: The IMF urged Zimbabwe to expedite currency reforms during a recent staff visit, emphasizing a move towards a market-driven exchange rate and the removal of existing distortions.
Zimbabwe's Finance Minister announced new measures to stabilize its local currency in an online press briefing held Monday.
Zimbabwe to back its currency with hard assets such as gold to end exchange-rate instability, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said.
"The idea going forward is to make sure that we manage the growth of liquidity which has a high correlation to money supply growth and inflation.
The way to do that is to link the exchange rate to some hard asset such as gold," said Ncube.
He also announced a conference of African ministers that Zimbabwe will host at the end of this month.

HSBC introduces tokenized gold platform

HSBC is the First Bank in the World to Offer Tokenized Gold.
HSBC Holdings Plc, a major bullion bank, has introduced a platform that utilizes blockchain technology to tokenize ownership of gold stored in its London vault.
This platform generates digital tokens representing gold bars, making gold trading more accessible.
While initially targeting institutional investors, it plans to open up to retail investors where regulations allow.
HSBC's entry into the tokenized gold market is notable due to its significant role as a custodian of precious metals and a clearer on the London gold market.
The technology promises to streamline the process, allowing clients to easily track their gold ownership down to the serial number of each bar.
HSBC has been actively exploring blockchain technology and recently launched HSBC Orion, a tokenization platform for digital bonds, with successful applications in the market.

BRICS trade has grown remarkably

The BRICS group witnessed a remarkable surge in their trade activities over the five-year period from 2017 to 2022.
According to a report by Bloomberg, these nations collectively bolstered their economic ties and achieved a staggering 56% growth in their trade volumes during this period.
This significant increase underscores the growing economic significance of this influential bloc on the global stage.
In the year 2022, the combined trade turnover among the BRICS nations reached an impressive milestone, amounting to a staggering $422 billion.
This substantial figure demonstrates the remarkable economic prowess and potential of the BRICS group, solidifying its status as a major player in the international trade landscape.
In a recent statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin argued that the BRICS group has already surpassed the G7 nations in terms of the purchasing power parity (PPP) of their populations.
This claim highlights the rising economic strength and consumer power of BRICS countries, potentially reshaping the global economic landscape and challenging the traditionally dominant position of the G7.

Reducing record debt, priority for Trump

White House says reducing record debt will be big second-term priority for Trump.
The accumulated debt is on track to surpass the size of the entire economy next year for the first time since World War II, and breach its all-time record in the coming years.
On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump promised to wipe out the nation's debt altogether over the course of his presidency.
Sources:thehill.com

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