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A ‘growing club’ of ‘very powerful countries’ is steering away from using the dollar

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November 1, 2019

The U.S. dollar has been the world’s major reserve currency for decades, but that status could come under threat as “very powerful countries” seek to undermine its importance, warned Anne Korin, from the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.

“Major movers” such as China, Russia and the European Union have a strong “motivation to de-dollarize,” said Korin, co-director at the energy and security think tank, on Wednesday.

“We don’t know what’s going to come next, but what we do know is that the current situation is unsustainable,” Korin said. “You have a growing club of countries — very powerful countries.”

To be sure, the dollar is seen as one of the safest investments in the world, and it rises during times of economic or political tumult.

But one factor curbing countries’ enthusiasm for the greenback is the prospect of being subject to U.S. jurisdiction when they transact in dollars. When the U.S. dollar is used or transactions are cleared through an American bank, entities are subject to U.S. jurisdiction — even if they have “nothing to do with the U.S.,” Korin told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

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This article was posted: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 5:47 am





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