The current global monetary system is the first ever experimental, truly global fiat currency system totally unbacked by gold. In this article, I describe how this system evolved from the former Bretton Woods system established after World War II. Nicknamed Bretton Woods II, the current system has become notorious for engendering asset prices bubbles, periodic inflation, and general price instability.

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