Short Monetary Systems: Take a Risk, Create Money

Journal of Risk Finance, Volume 13, Number 4, Emerald Group Publishing Limited (July 2012), pages 280-284

5 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2021

Date Written: July 1, 2012

Abstract

The purpose of this editorial is to examine fiat currencies and common tenders (trade‐based money) from a risk perspective. The editorial encourages risk managers to consider the distributive benefits of a multiplicity of currencies and urges them to examine common tenders both old, such as the Swiss WIR, and novel, such as capacity exchange monies, as risk management tools.

Design/methodology/approach
The editorial is based on research conducted for the City of London Corporation in 2011 into capacity, trade and credit which examined new architectures for commerce and money.

Findings
The editorial links Freiwirtschaft movement ideas with some characteristics of common tenders. Further, it considers whether some simple regulatory approaches might make such common tenders more useful.

Originality/value
Of note, the author suggests that a modern alternative to government regulation might be an audited ISO accreditation standard for “good currency” or “good common tender”.

Keywords: Short Monetary Systems, Risk, Fiat Currencies

JEL Classification: G00

Suggested Citation

Mainelli, Michael, Short Monetary Systems: Take a Risk, Create Money (July 1, 2012). Journal of Risk Finance, Volume 13, Number 4, Emerald Group Publishing Limited (July 2012), pages 280-284, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3719250

Michael Mainelli (Contact Author)

Z/Yen Group ( email )

41 Lothbury
London
United Kingdom

Gresham College ( email )

Barnard's Inn Hall
Holborn
London, EC1N 2HH
United Kingdom

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