The Independent has released information that Arab States, along with China, Russia, Japan and France are about to end the dollar's hegemony. While snippets like this have been previously discussed, usually accompanied by lots of posturing, nothing firm had ever materialized. If the latest overture turns out to be real, that would be a dramatic hit to Ben Bernanke's attempt to inflate trillions of debt on the back of a rapidly devaluing reserve currency. Ironically, the end of the dollar's pain may now become Bernanke's new sad reality as with the loss of its reserve status, perpetual dollar devaluation becomes a moot point. Oh, and a side effect, first oil, and soon all other commodities, will soon stop being priced in USDs.
From The Independent:
In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with China, Russia, Japan and France – to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.
Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars.
The plans, confirmed to The Independent by both Gulf Arab and Chinese banking sources in Hong Kong, may help to explain the sudden rise in gold prices, but it also augurs an extraordinary transition from dollar markets within nine years.