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Niall Ferguson on fiat money

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

How to buy and invest in physical gold and silver bullion

Yesterday, at ABC1’s 7:30 Report, Kerry O’Brien interviewed Niall Ferguson, the economic historian who wrote the widely acclaimed The Ascent of Money documentary. In that interview, he discussed the present economic troubles in Europe and compared the future of United States and United Kingdom with today’s Greece. Near the end of the interview (at the 7:13 mark), Kerry O’Brien asked him this question:

What are the outstanding lessons from economic and financial history for Europe and the United States today?

For which, Niall Ferguson replied:

Well, let’s say there are three things… one is that we may be living through the end of the age of paper money, which began with the break-up of Bretton Woods in 1971…

Even as early as five years ago, if someone suggests that on mainstream TV, he will be ridiculed as an odd-ball.

There are more to what he said. You can watch the entire video of the interview below:

The good news for Australia, as he reckons, is that in terms of the government’s budget position, it is in a relatively much better position than the US and UK. But before we rest on our laurels, should Australia be hit by a home-grown banking/credit crisis, thus resulting in the government bailing out the private sector, the government’s budget deficit will blow out in an instance.