A Treatise on Currency and Banking by Condy Raguet

By Condy Raguet

A Treatise on foreign money and Banking first seemed in 1840. This notable hard-money treatise is by way of Condy Raguet (1784–1842), a famous Pennsylvania baby-kisser and economist who labored as a service provider in numerous Latin American international locations. He was once thoroughly devoted to loose exchange, the unfastened marketplace, and particularly to sound funds and banking.

In this ebook he records how financial institution inflation factors booms and busts, and he articulates, with outstanding prescience, how these cycles within which executive does not anything come and cross, whereas these within which govt attempts to aid final and final. His booklet is a brilliant narrative to learn in mild of the present cycle of increase and bust.

He basically distinguishes among sound and unsound banking practices, delineated according to their redemption practices. He indicates that there's a distinction among stable credits in keeping with discounts and weak credit in accordance with financial growth. He clarifies the function that credits performs within the reason for monetary development: praiseworthy whilst prolonged in accordance with common sense, yet harmful whilst prolonged with promises and recklessness.

Raguet is well known by means of the yankee hard-money tuition as a superb theorist and as a part of a gaggle of thinkers who warned opposed to the nationwide financial institution and different schemes to assure the financial approach opposed to failure. This publication makes for a superb learn either as a textual content on banking and as a glance again to the simplest of 19th-century American fiscal idea.

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37 producing good than evil, as will be shown hereafter, it is not to be annihilated on account of the misfortunes or imprudence of a comparatively few individuals. Such being the theory of this branch of my subject, I have the satisfaction to state in regard to the practice under it, upon the testimony of a respectable American merchant, who resided and carried on extensive operations for near twenty years at Gibraltar, where there has never been any but a metallic currency, that he never knew during that whole period, such a thing as a general pressure for money.

It matters not whether the fund and debt both stand on the books of merchants at the same place, or whether the debt be due at Manchester and the fund be at Paris. The magic power of bills of exchange transfers the payer and receiver both to London, the great seat and centre of British and indeed of European commercial operations. But the merchants who make remittances of bills of exchange to foreign countries, to pay for merchandise purchased there, do not, it is manifest, procure those bills of exchange for nothing.

The answer must be, a demand for more bills of exchange than are for sale in the market, the effect of which is a rise in the rate of exchange above par, which obviously holds out an inducement for the exportation of commodities for which a sufficient inducement did not CURRENCY AND BANKING. 15 previously exist. A rise in the exchange of one or two per cent, may sometimes determine shipments, which without such rise would not have been thought of; not that so small a profit would of itself induce shipments, but because one or two per cent, added to the profit which might have been made without such addition, would elevate the gain to the height of the average mercantile rate of profit requisite to warrant a shipment.

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