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New material on site:
27 February 2015. In the IMF Journal, "Finance and Development," Kevin Hjortshoj O'Rourke wrote "Whither the Euro." See "SGC Links - Articles - Academic"
27 January 2015. Jimmy Zhou writes paper advocating WCC (World Calorie Currency. See "SGC Links - Articles - Academic"
1 January 2015. Lithuania joins European Monetary Union, bringing membership to 19.
1 July 2014. Journal of Economic Literature annotation in June 2014 issue for 2014 Edition of book, The Single Global Currency - Common Cents for the World. See "SGC Links - Articles - Academic"
30 March 2014. Publication of 2014 Edition of book: The Single Global Currency - Common Cents for the World. Available on Amazon.com as a PAPERBACK and in KINDLE format. The 2014 edition is a rewrite of the original 2006 edition, unlike the 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions which republished the original edition, together with Appendices for the updated information. It records the recent progress toward a Single Global Curency, including the growth of the Eurozone to 18 members, with the 2014 accession of Latvia.
5 January 2014 Article "Global governance should recognise global citizenship" supports Single Global Currency. Article by R. Seetharaman in the Gulf Times. See SGC Links - Articles - non-academic"
1 January 2014. Latvia joins the Eurozone, bringing the number of euro countries to 18, and reducing the number of currencies needed to transact business in the world to 140 for 193 U.N. members. See SGC Links - Articles - non-academic"
8 December 2013. Barry Eichengrein gives support to development of Australia/New Zealand monetary union. See SGC Links - Articles - non-academic"
2 December 2013. Five countries sign protocol for creating East Africa Monetary Unon. See SGC Links - Articles - non-academic"
18 July 2013 African Union urges all-Africa Monetary Union. See SGC Links - Articles - non-academic"
5 June 2013. Latvia given EU and EMU OK to adopt euro on January 1, 2014, pending further approvals. See SGC Links - Articles - non-academic"
14 February 2013. Ramon Tamames , distinguished citizen and economist of Espana, has agreed to join the Advisory Board of the Single Global Currency Assn., after meeting with SGCA President, Morrison Bonpasse in Malaga.
5 February 2013. Duane Higgins of the U.S. proposes new name for future Single Global Currency: "SPEDRI," as derived from of SDR (SPEcial Drawing RIghts). See Feedback on SGC Name.
HOME PAGE/INTRODUCTION TO SITE:
This is the home page of the Single Global Currency Association, which is dedicated to the goal of implementing a Single Global Currency, within a Global Monetary Union and managed by a Global Central Bank by 2024. We shall achieve this goal through education and persuasion.
We believe that once the peoples (including their corporations and labor and other organizations) of the world understand the benefits of a Single Global Currency, they will demand it from their governments. The Single Global Currency is what the peoples of the world need, and it is what they want.
The referenda in Denmark and Sweden for a common currency have failed because the people were not persuaded of the benefits of that particular common currency. A major reason why those benefits are restrained is that today's common currencies (euro, EC dollar, West African franc, U.S. dollar) still must function in a multi-currency world, and therefore must suffer the ills of the current exchange rate system. Once the peoples of the world see the significantly increased benefits of a Single Global Currency, even compared to the growing regional "common currencies", they will demand that their governments start planning for its implementation.
A Single Global Currency would likely have a new name which denotes its global use, such as "mundo", "global", or "eartha", just as the "euro" is currently for Europe. (See Feedback on SGC Names.) It likely would not be the expanded form of any current currency, such as the dollar or euro or yen, unless those currencies opened up their central banks' governing boards to worldwide participation and agreed to change the name of the currency to one with more global meaning.
With the use of a Single Global Currency, there would be no more need for expensive currency exchanges nor expensive hedges against currency fluctuations. Gone would be currency speculation and the risk of currency failures and balance of payment problems. Such a currency would therefore be more efficient as a means of conveying true value, without consideration of the political winds of the day. (See Why an SGC, and see our one-page FACT sheet.)
The Single Global Currency would be managed by a single global central bank, with representative governing boards for the people , governments and financial institutions of the world.
Implementing a Single Global Currency for international transactions AND as legal tender in participating countries, does not mean that other currencies cannot co-exist with such a Single Global Currency. When the euro was being planned, it was anticipated that the pre-existing national currencies would continue to co-exist. However, such a plan was deemed inefficient and it was decided to abandon the old national currencies. That was a decision made by the members of the eurozone members of the Eurozone and was not a mechanical requirement of monetary union. Within a global monetary union, and with a Single Global Currency managed by a global central bank, there may well continue to exist several pre-existing national currencies and other national instruments which might be called currencies, such as complementary currencies (e.g. frequent flier miles, Canadian Tire Dollars or Ithaca Hour Dollars)
The Global Central Bank would be financed by whatever benefits will come from the printing of money and seigniorage. Any surplus monetary benefits coming to the bank would be allocated to politically agreed-upon goals, such as the reduction of foreign debt or the eradication of disease or the support of family planning.
As it's thought by many economists that a Single Global Currency will be good for the people of the world and as many economists and non-economists expect a Single Global Currency "someday", why not obtain the benefits thereof sooner rather than later? It will surely benefit all the people of all the countries of the world if there is a Single Global Currency, just as it currently benefits California and Maine to be in the same monetary union with the U.S. dollar, and for Germany and Portugal to be in the European Monetary Union with the euro. "Let's start planning, NOW!"
Let's ask the thousands of economists who specialize in international monetary issues to study how the Single Global Currency will work and what is needed to implement it. Enough has been studied and written about how the current exchange rate systems do not give suffcient stability to the international finance system. "Let's start planning, NOW!"
Of course, there are issues to be worked and agreements to be made. There will be questions about which countries can participate, and under what conditions. There will be questions about what steps must be accomplished first or second or third. There should be no question, however, of whether the goal should be reached. In any case, "Let's start planning, NOW!"
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