Progress is harmful: the world may return to the "medieval" currency system

2022 saw the highest nation-level gold purchases on record. The total volume of the precious metal purchased by central banks last year was 1136 tons, which is an absolute record since 1950. The new year was marked by the continuation of the trend - a valuable asset is bought with extraordinary zeal by almost all countries of the world without exception.

In January, central banks around the world added another 77 tons to their gold reserves. Turkey has become the largest buyer and continues to replenish its reserves with this asset, buying another 23 tons in January. Now there are 565 tons of precious metal in the country. China reported an increase in its gold reserves by another 14,9 tons on top of the 62 tons recorded between November and December 2022.

The European Central Bank reported an increase in its gold reserves by almost 2 tons in January. According to the WGC, this was due to the accession of Croatia to the eurozone. The only notable seller in January was Uzbekistan, whose inventory fell by 12 tons due to international sales.

Experts explain this unbridled accumulation of gold reserves by many countries of the world with the desire to maximally support, secure and stabilize national currencies, which signals an unspoken return to the outdated scheme of providing money with something that has real value and stable quotes. The emphasis on the dollar as the main reserve instrument has obviously shifted towards gold. So it's not surprising that in a year marked by geopolitical uncertainty and runaway inflation, central banks have decided to keep adding an important asset to their coffers, and at an accelerated pace.

The rapidly changing environment and virtualization of the financial environment, with its unsecured assets and computer-based tools based on trust rather than power economic base, turned out to be a double-edged weapon, allowing you to get rich quickly, but fail no less quickly, fueling inflation. Therefore, the "medieval" methods of financial regulation and provision, especially the creation of reserves, are back in vogue, at least at the state level, as long as the private sector continues to believe in ambiguous or even harmful progress in the field of finance.
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  1. Igor Viktorovich Berdin 9 March 2023 09: 14
    We are waiting for the Golden Ruble.
    1. Nelton Offline Nelton
      Nelton (Oleg) 9 March 2023 11: 59
      Quote: Igor Viktorovich Berdin
      We are waiting for the Golden Ruble.

      Technically, you can enter, but you will have to make a denomination of 1: 4000
      It will be funny, the pension is 4-5 rubles, but in gold ...

  2. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 9 March 2023 13: 12
    The huge and ever-increasing national debt causes distrust in the main world currency and the entire existing financial system.
    The unclear contours of the future financial system and the role of commercial banks in connection with the transition to digital banknotes forces us to take action and insure ourselves, and the most obvious insurance is gold, which at all times has regularly performed the functions of value and exchange, payment and accumulation.