The Fed Prints Dollars. The ECB Prints Euros. The IMF Prints SDRs. What the heck is an SDR?Submitted by RobHino on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 20:03
The Federal Reserve (Fed) prints dollars. The European Central Bank (ECB) prints Euros. And the International Monetary Fund (IMF) prints SDR's. What the heck is an SDR?!
An SDR is a Special Drawing Right.
Gold, Currency, War, James Rickards and RT's Max Keiser: http://youtu.be/NvzyaDlnSRQ
According to Wikipedia, and SDR is defined as:
Special drawing rights (SDRs) are supplementary foreign exchange reserve assets defined and maintained by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Not a currency, SDRs instead represent a claim to currency held by IMF member countries for which they may be exchanged. As they can only be exchanged for euros, Japanese yen, pounds sterling, or US dollars, SDRs may actually represent a potential claim on IMF member countries' nongold foreign exchange reserve assets, which are usually held in those currencies. While they may appear to have a far more important part to play, or, perhaps, an important future role, being the unit of account for the IMF has long been the main function of the SDR.
Created in 1969 to supplement a shortfall of preferred foreign exchange reserve assets, namely gold and the US dollar, the value of a SDR is defined by a weighted currency basket of four major currencies: the US dollar, the euro, the British pound, and the Japanese yen. SDRs are denoted with the ISO 4217 currency code XDR.
SDRs are allocated to countries by the IMF. Private parties do not hold or use them. As of March 2011, the amount of SDRs in existence is around XDR 238.3 billion, but this figure is expected to rise to XDR 476.8 billion by 2013.
I still didn't understand what SDR's are, so I kept digging...
The Corbett Report: International Forecaster Bob Chapman joins us to discuss the IMF-administered Special Drawing Rights and the possibility of a world currency on this edition of Economics 101: http://youtu.be/MxLgGPqAulw
Geithner Asked if SDR will Replace US Dollar: http://youtu.be/SjaZDq-CeEI
James Rickards on the IMF becoming a Central Bank and the Fed becoming a Hedge Fund: http://youtu.be/3gFap-vKVNU
I'm still researching, but thought I'd see if anyone here at the DP has any information to share on this topic.