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A small but growing number of cash-strapped communities are printing their own money. Borrowing from a Depression-era idea, they are aiming to help consumers make ends meet and support struggling local businesses. The systems generally work like this: Businesses and individuals form a network to print currency. Shoppers buy it at a discount — say, 95 cents for $1 value — and spend the full value at stores that accept the currency.

2009-04-10

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Friends on social networking site Facebook can now send small payments directly to each other via an application called Buxter.

2010-03-02

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This image arose out of a frustration with the reporting of billion dollar amounts in the media. That is, they’re reported as self-evident facts, when, in fact, they’re mind-boggling and near incomprehensible without context. But they can start to be understood visually and relatively, IMHO.

2009

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A Pakistani hotel employee has won acclaim after handing in over $50,000 in cash that had been left behind by a guest.

2010-07-12

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They sound like real money and look like real money. But you can't take them to the bank because they're not made at a government mint. They're made at private mints...

2010-07-12

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The U.S. economy ceased to function this week after unexpected existential remarks by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke shocked Americans into realizing that money is, in fact, just a meaningless and intangible social construct.

2010-08-16

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Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has laid out four "unconventional" policy options to boost the US economy. Top of the list is more "quantitative easing" - mass purchases of debt...

2010-08-27

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The Perfect Currency website is dedicated to the creation of a currency standard which will provide both a stable base for commercial transactions and a monetary system which will fully illuminate the process of human and environmental real wealth creation.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai has acknowledged that his office has received cash from Iran, but insists it was part of a "transparent" process. Mr Karzai was responding to a report in the New York Times that Tehran had been passing bags stuffed full of cash to Mr Karzai's aides...

2010-10-25

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The reason our financial system has routinely gotten into trouble, with periodic waves of depression like the one we’re battling now, may be due to a flawed perception not just of the roles of banking and credit but of the nature of money itself. In our economic adolescence, we have regarded money as a “thing”—something independent of the relationship it facilitates. But today there is no gold or silver backing our money. Instead, it’s...

2010-10-28

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By disclosing a plan to conjure $600 billion to support the sagging economy, the Federal Reserve affirmed the interesting fact that dollars can be conjured. In the digital age, you don’t even need a printing press.

2010-11-13

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A printing error has forced the US to stockpile $110bn in new $100 notes until officials can sort and destroy the flawed bills.

2010-12-07

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Chinese President Hu Jintao has said the international currency system dominated by the US dollar is a "product of the past"...

2010-01-17

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