Summary of The Death of Money

The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

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The Death of Money book summary
The International Monetary Fund and China are poised to end the US dollar era. Is America just a crisis away from seeing that happen?


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Portfolio manager James Rickards offers a comprehensive take on the American economy and its place in the world. The picture he paints, although not as tragic as his title suggests, will nonetheless make you fret. His pessimistic but compellingly written ideas about China question its development-miracle narrative, and his enthusiasm for gold places him to the right on some big questions. Critics may note that the dollar has had more staying power than its abuse should probably allow, but Rickards makes his points with conviction and research. The final section of his book is a brave attempt at making tangible predictions and giving investment advice that, unsurprisingly, supports his central themes. getAbstract, which is always neutral politically and which never gives investment advice, suggests Rickards’s treatise to investors who share his concerns over inflation, deflation and the staying power of the US dollar.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the global economy’s problems are structural, not cyclical
  • Why the US dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency is under threat
  • What signs foreshadow “the death of money.”


It’s Structural, Not Cyclical
Many politicians and economists want to believe that the future will prove that borrowing and printing money during the Great Recession was a sensible response to the economy’s cyclical problem, but that’s dangerous thinking. When an economy’s troubles are...
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About the Author

James Rickards is a portfolio manager at West Shore Group and the author of the bestseller Currency Wars.

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