History clearly shows that when it comes to currencies black swans do happen as the average lifespan of a currency is just 27 years. As such, investors should study currency history and, as part of a smart portfolio, they should protect their hard earned wealth and savings in a defensive fashion. The infographic below documents the history of currency in 10 different countries of significance.
The above introductory comments are edited excerpts from an infographic* courtesy of travelex.com.au via zerohedge.com as posted by Jeff Desjardins of VisualCapitalist.com entitled The History of Currency in 10 Different Countries.
Desjardins goes on to say in further edited excerpts:
Throughout history there have been thousands of currencies that were once used for trade. One study of 775 fiat currencies found the average lifespan of a currency to be just 27 years. Here’s the breakdown:
- 20% currencies failed through hyperinflation
- 21% were destroyed through war
- 12% were destroyed through independence
- 24% were “monetarily reformed”
- 23% are still in circulation
It seems like a foregone conclusion that some of the currencies listed in the above infographic may not exist in 10 years, or perhaps they [will] get “monetarily reformed”. In any case, it’s worth noting that in today’s interconnected world, it may be easier to stave off the death of one currency through global intervention. However, systematically there is far greater risk. If one currency fails, the possibility also exists for many others to share the same fate through the domino effect.
Investors should study currency history and, as part of a smart portfolio, they should protect their hard earned wealth and savings in a defensive fashion. Black swans do happen, and even the crisis in the tiny country of Cyprus had people reeling. The potential for something much bigger is inevitably a possibility – it is just a matter of when and how.
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*http://www.visualcapitalist.com/history-currency-10-different-countries/ (Copyright © 2014 Visual Capitalist | All rights reserved.) Sourced from: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-11/brief-history-currency-infographic (Copyright ©2009-2014 ZeroHedge.com/ABC Media, LTD; All Rights Reserved.)
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