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National coin shortage getting worse

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News Date: August 2, 2020

The nation's coin shortage, prompted by less cash circulating as a result of Covid-19 - is getting worse.
And believe it or not, cash is still being used in 49% of payments that are $10 or below, according to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
The irony of the situation lies in the fact that the Fed can print trillions for bonds, but can't come up with a couple of quarters to do its laundry.
Sources:www.bloomberg.com, zerohedge.com

Iran and Egypt signed a memorandum to join SCO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an intergovernmental organization founded in Shanghai on 15 June 2001.
After 21 years, the organization has become not only a strong pillar of global peace and development but also a major force for international equity and justice.
The SCO currently comprises eight Member States (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), four Observer States interested in acceding to full membership (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia) and six 'Dialogue Partners' (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkiye).
Egypt and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on Egypt's accession to the organization as a dialogue partner ahead of the summit of heads of state and government of the organization's member states scheduled to be held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on 16 September.
Also, Iran has signed a Memorandum of Obligations to become a permanent member of the SCO, the Iranian foreign minister said.
Sources: dailynewsegypt , azertag

Zimbabwe ready to dump US dollar

Zimbabwe Must Revert to Using Own Currency, Ruling Party Says.
ZANU PF National spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa says the country will soon dump the American dollar in favor of the local currency, Zimdollar.
He said abolishing the multi-currency would help Zimbabweans get value for their money.
Sources: zwnews.com

Ripple effect. Ripple Partners with biggest Central Banks

Ripple Partners with Largest Financial Institution in Africa and Middle East.
Qatar National Bank and Ripple partner to enhance Global Cross-Border payments.
The national bank of Qatar is the biggest banking institution in Africa and the MENA region.
Fed Reserve Adopts ISO 20022 Format for Payments That Ripple Is Compliant With.
The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced that the Federal Reserve Banks will adopt the ISO 20022 message format for the Fedwire Funds Service.
Ripple also partnered with UAE, South Korea, Bhutan, Saudi Arabia and blueprints to modernize Europe's payments infrastructure.
Sources: u.today, u.today

SpaceX launched another 49 Starlink satellites

It's been a busy January! No better way to start the New Year.
SpaceX launched another batch of 49 Starlink satellites to orbit aboard a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC).
This was the third mission for SpaceX in 2022, as the company had already launched the Starlink Group 4-5 and Transporter-3 missions this month.
In addition, this mission marked a quick turnaround for LC-39A, as Starlink Group 4-5 also launched from the same pad on January 6.
Source: SpaceForceDoD

Gold Standard Act Approved on March 14, 1900

President McKinley signs Gold Standard Act, March 14, 1900.
122 years ago today, President William McKinley signed the Gold Standard Act, which established gold as the sole basis for redeeming paper currency.
The act halted the practice of bimetallism, which had allowed silver to also serve as a monetary standard.
It set the value of gold at $20.67 an ounce and valued the dollar at 25.8 grains of gold.
The act guaranteed that the government would redeem any amount of paper money for its value in gold, and it meant that transactions no longer had to be done with heavy gold bullion or coins because the paper currency had a guaranteed value tied to something real.
Source: www.thebalance.com

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