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    Non-Dollar Trading: Emerging Economies Deal a Heavy Blow to Petrodollar

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    Experts have given the petrodollar a fatal diagnosis. Falling crude prices have accelerated the petrodollar's demise, dealing a heavy blow to the system that has long facilitated the US dollar's world reserve currency status.

    Emerging economies are abandoning the US dollar as a means of payment for oil, having shifted to national currencies.

    "Ditching the dollar, Iran and India have agreed to settle all outstanding crude oil dues in rupees in preparation to future trade in their national currencies. The dollar dues — $6.5 billion equaling 55 per cent of oil payment — would be deposited in National Iranian Oil Co account with Indian banks," The Indian Express reported on January 5, 2016.

    Half a year earlier, Russia's state-owned oil company Gazprom Neft announced that it had started settling shipments of crude to China in the renminbi (yuan). The strategy proved effective and Russia has become Beijing's top oil exporter, outpacing Saudi Arabia.

    "Interestingly, part of Russia's success in China has been attributed to its willingness to accept Chinese yuan denominated currency for its oil. (And not, as others have suggested, because of any sort of allegiance to the Sino-Russo friendship.)," Elena Holodny of Business Insider noted in one of her latest articles.

    Incredible as it may seem, experts recommend Saudi Arabia to follow Russia's example and switch from dollars to yuans:

    "If Saudi Arabia wants to recapture its number one ranking, it needs to accept the renminbi for oil payments instead of just the dollar," Gordon Kwan, the Hong Kong-based head of regional oil and gas research at Nomura Holdings Inc. told Bloomberg back in June 2015.

    What does it mean for the petrodollar?

    "Two years ago, in hushed tones at first, then ever louder, the financial world began discussing that which shall never be discussed in polite company — the end of the system that according to many has framed and facilitated the US Dollar's reserve currency status: the Petrodollar…," Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge, a news site for global finance, noted back in 2014.

    It seems that the prognosis is about to come true.

    In January 2016 Zero Hedge reported that the petrodollar's demise is obvious, bolstered by falling crude prices.

    Citing Goldman Sachs, the global investment banking firm, the media outlet noted that "a new oil price 'equilibrium' (i.e. a sustained downturn) could result in a net petrodollar drain of $24 billion per month on the way to nearly $900 billion in total by 2018."

    The end of the petrodollar recycling chain would affect the world's affairs tremendously, it added.

    Simultaneously, China is pushing ahead with its Silk Road Fund and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

    "China will push for the yuan to play a prominent role in the settlement of AIIB transactions and may look to establish special reserves in both the AIIB and Silk Road fund to issue yuan-denominated loans," the media-outlet emphasized, adding that in November 2015 SWIFT data indicated clearly that 15 new countries had joined a list of nations settling more than ten percent of their trade deals with Beijing in the renminbi.

    The oil price slump has contributed to the first net outflow of petrodollars from financial markets with the prospect of a further drain. Meanwhile, experts observe the ascendancy of the renminbi.

    Apparently, it is time to say goodbye to the petrodollar-based world order.


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      Great. It will all help collapse the American dollar.
    • FlorianGeyer
      The faster the US petro dollar collapses the better. Less $ dominance for the US means fewer wars and collateral damage ( bombed water plants and hospitals ) around the world . More peaceful times will arrive AFTER the dangerous phase of the wounded US 'snake' hissing and spitting at sovereign nations has passed.
    • Porkbelly Porkerpig
      This is backwards. A high oil price in terms of US dollars would spell the demise of the dollar, not a low price. A low oil price means that the dollar is very strong.
    • iamgogmagog666
      This is great news for the world, the end of the dollar means the end of the evil empire. All praise to Putin the Great and the Great Xi Jinping of China, thank you this is glorius.
    • Capt'nSkippy !!!
      Something that EVERY BODY around the world are looking forward to, accept if you are a septic (YANK). The total collapse of there manipulative monetary monopoly CANNOT come quick enough!!! But it is yet to see what consequences it will leave???
    • Capt'nSkippy !!!in reply toPorkbelly Porkerpig(Show commentHide comment)
      Porkbelly Porkerpig, YEP, and it will be soooo good!!!
    • siberianhusky
      The US Petrodollar reserve currency status demise is the end of a Ponzi scheme.
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      using another country's currency does show faith in that system and makes a partnership work.
    • avatar
      Those Petro dollars will come home to America and further devalue the dollar.
    • avatar
      This is good news the head of the snake is coming off!
      The faster this happens the better for the World, this will end the evil empire United Snakes of Amurika.
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      Randall Lee Hilburn
      The Petrodollar allows the US to artificially inflate the value of its currency. IF the dollars that have been being used for the oil trade as well as reserve currency end up being dumped on the market it will reveal the dollars true value which will be almost nothing. The dollar is essentially an illusion.

      The collapse of the dollar means the American Empire collapses with it. When this finally begins to happen in earnest it could get very dangerous. Because The Empire may decide to unleash all out WW3 in order to try and save itself.
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