Why crash in US dollar is coming

The era of the US dollar's "exorbitant privilege" as the world's primary reserve currency is coming to an end. Then French Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing coined that phrase in the 1960s largely out of frustration, bemoaning a United States that drew freely on the rest of the world to support its overextended standard of living.

For almost 60 years, the world complained but did nothing about it. Those days are over.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2020, with the headline 'Why crash in US dollar is coming'. Print Edition | Subscribe