Gold, the Dollar and Watergate: How a Political and Economic by Onno de Beaufort Wijnholds

By Onno de Beaufort Wijnholds

The publication examines the issues that Nixon confronted in the course of his presidential time period, targeting economics however the function of politics can be highlighted. The convergence of the gold-dollar crises, oil crises and Watergate imbroglio posed a distinct political and financial probability to worldwide balance.

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Keynes and White were very different personalities. Keynes, a British patrician through and through, was sophisticated, a patron of the arts, humorous and charming (when he wanted to be), and a worldfamous economist. White, the brilliant son of Lithuanian immigrants, was not in the least sophisticated and was the opposite of charming. S. S. Treasury building, was also seen as anti-British. Despite these differences, the two got along well enough and exchanged drafts during the war. By the time the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference opened on July 1, 1944, in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the Keynes and White plans had been thoroughly merged.

And the policy mandarins in London would continue to be plagued by pressure on sterling. Not only did management of the British economy leave much to be desired, but central banks that still held pounds—known as sterling balances—were keen to sell them for dollars. The Dollar 39 The IMF takes off The International Monetary Fund, not having much of an impact during the first 10 years of its existence, started to make its mark in the middle of the 1950s, extending sizable credits to France and Great Britain.

Starting his project in the summer of 1941, Keynes produced several drafts of a plan for a new international monetary system. S. Treasury, was also working on a design for a new global system around the same time. Keynes and White were very different personalities. Keynes, a British patrician through and through, was sophisticated, a patron of the arts, humorous and charming (when he wanted to be), and a worldfamous economist. White, the brilliant son of Lithuanian immigrants, was not in the least sophisticated and was the opposite of charming.

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