Gold Backed Russian Ruble, Chinese Yuan Primed to Destroy U.S. Dollar as Global Reserve Currency

death-of-the-petrodollarBy Jay Syrmopoulos

A revolutionary transformation of the entire global monetary system is currently underway, being driven by an almost perfect storm. The implications of this transformation are extremely profound for U.S. policy in the Middle East, which for nearly the past half century has been underpinned by its strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Rise of the Petrodollar

The dollar was established as the global reserve currency in 1944 with the Bretton Woods agreement, commonly referred to as the gold standard. The U.S. leveraged itself into this power position by holding the largest reserve of gold in the world. The dollar was pegged at $35 an ounce — and freely exchangeable into gold.

By the 1960s, a surplus of U.S. dollars caused by foreign aid, military spending, and foreign investment threatened this system, as the U.S. did not have enough gold to cover the volume of dollars in worldwide circulation at the rate of $35 per ounce; as a result, the dollar was overvalued.


America temporarily embraced a new paradigm in 1971, as the dollar became a pure fiat currency (decoupled from any physical store of value), until the petrodollar agreement was concluded by President Nixon in 1973.

The quid pro quo was that Saudi Arabia would denominate all oil trades in U.S. dollars, and in return, the U.S. would agree to sell Saudi Arabia military hardware and guarantee the defense of the Kingdom.

According to a report that appeared in the Huffington Post:

As a result of this agreement, the dollar then became the only medium in which energy exchange could be transacted. This underpinned its reserve currency status through the need for foreign governments to hold dollars; recirculated the dollar costs of oil back into the U.S. financial system and — crucially — made the dollar effectively convertible into barrels of oil. The dollar was moved from a gold standard onto a crude oil standard.

U.S. interest rates were then managed so that oil exporters (who formerly looked to gold as the basis of their reserves) would be indifferent to whether they stored their currency reserves, earned from oil exports, in U.S. treasuries, or in gold. The value was equivalent.

Death of the Petrodollar

In what may ultimately wind up being the death blow to the petrodollar, since 2008, the U.S. government has maintained a policy of zero interest rates and “quantitative easing.”

Once energy producers became aware of the U.S. economic dependence on low-interest rates, they understood that they would never again be able to regulate the price of oil relative to U.S. treasuries. Anything more than a nominal hike in interest rates would effectively implode the global financial system, as the U.S. had become too financialized.

The petrodollar system, which had allowed the U.S. dollar to replace gold as the backing for the oil trade from 1973-2002, was essentially broken.

With no regard for the underlying systemic weakness of the entire petrodollar system the U.S. began to rely heavily on economic sanctions as a means of forcing geopolitical capitulation. It was virtually inevitable that potential targets of such actions would eventually attempt to mitigate these hegemonic actions by the U.S.

Although essentially a response to the aggressive posture of the West, these economic actions have potentially created an environment ripe to put the final nail in the coffin of the petrodollar.

In the greatest of irony, central banks from states such as China, Russia and Brazil, which vehemently oppose an interventionist U.S. foreign policy, ultimately finance the U.S. war machine by purchasing U.S. Treasury debt as a means of protecting their economies.

But in what appears to be an effort to hedge against U.S. imperialism, both China and Russia have become big buyers of physical gold. Russia’s present gold reserves would back 27 percent of the ruble money supply, according to the Huffington Post.

That ratio is far in excess of the U.S. Fed’s original stipulated gold coverage minimum, as well as in exceeding that of any other major country. In addition, Russia is typically is a net exporter of goods and energy, so their gold reserves are likely to continue to increase.

A report on China’s gold reserves appeared in the Financial Times, stating:

China ended years of speculation about its official gold holdings by revealing an almost 60 percent jump in its reserves since 2009.

The country’s central bank said its gold reserves were 1,658 tonnes (53.31 million fine troy ounces) as of the end of June. In April 2009, reserves were 1,054 tonnes.

The purchases show how China is seeking to diversify its reserves away from the US dollar at a time when the price of gold has fallen to near its lowest price since 2010.

“In 2014 Russia and China signed two mammoth 30-year contracts for Russian gas to China. The contracts specified that the exchange would be done in Renminbi [yuan] and Russian rubles, not in dollars. That was the beginning of an accelerating process of de-dollarization that is underway today,” strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl writes in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

Russia and China are now creating a new paradigm for the world economy and paving the way for a global de-dollarization.

“A Russian-Chinese alternative to the dollar in the form of a gold-backed ruble and gold-backed Renminbi or yuan, could start a snowball exit from the US dollar, and with it, a severe decline in America’s ability to use the reserve dollar role to finance her wars with other peoples’ money,” Engdahl concludes.

Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, Raw Story, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

  • gawain

    All zentral banks need to die a quick death. Replaced w/ a more humane system of no usury.

    • blue579

      Problem is, the implosion of the current system has been engineered, baked in the cake, to force humanity into TPTB’s 1984-esque techno control system (no usury, rather, absolute control).

      • bob bear

        This current system (central banking) as you call it has been in effect since the early 1800’s, and it ain’t going away!

        • blue579

          You have good point, the international banker cabal is set to rule the Technocracy paradigm too. What they intend to change is the [crony] capitalism model, moving almost entirely away from any kind of free market economic system. The formal Technocracy movement emerged in the 1930s, a totalitarian energy based rationing system that at one point had over 500,000 members. Conceptually is was an outgrowth of the elites’ early 1900s Scientific Society but fizzled out because the technology was lacking. As an elite construct it emerged again with Brzezinski’s 1970’s “Technotronic Era” program with China being pegged as a model experimental technocracy, which is largely what we see today, first in Singapore (check out a 2002 PBS Computer Chronicles episode on Singapore on youtube) and heavy control and monitoring such as the Social Credit Score system throughout China. This all ties into, carbon taxes, Smart Meters, Smart: Grid, Cities, Countries, and Regions, 2030 Agenda, and Agenda 21, etc. If you want more background look into Patrick Wood’s book, websites, articles, and interviews on the net. In the link is a quick overview and simple primer posted by a blog that doesn’t require free registration but it’s best to investigate Wood’s work directly for more background. anationbeguiled.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/carbon-currency-a-new-beginning-for-technocracy/

  • blue579

    We already know what game plan is. Russia and China are already under the NWO thumb and bowing to the draconian 2030 Agenda. The BRICs are IMF/BIS controlled and, at this point in time, are teetering on economic chaos more than the US. Why use hyped up language and out of context narratives?

  • James Leonard

    Russia can back 27% of its rubles with gold at $1,070, which means Russia can back 100% of its rubles when gold is correctly valued at $4,000 or more. Well within reach!

    • bob bear

      And that $4000 figure for gold is to be reached in when, 2215?
      Seriously go to school get an education!

      • James Leonard

        Gold would reach $4,000 an ounce by 2215 if it increased just 1.82% a year for the next 200 years, but I think the US will see $4,000 much sooner. The US had been printing a trillion dollars a year and may now be printing a trillion a month to cover Wall Street banks that underwrote oil hedges. What is happening today is right out of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe’s playbook.

        Forget getting education to make sense out of this. Try common sense! You can’t print trillion’s of dollar’s backed by nothing and based on nothing and have those dollar worth MORE.

        • UncleB

          Can’t unless you own the Great Corporate American Propaganda machine and can force illusions down the throats of Dumbed Down Americans?

      • UncleB

        I did! Gold never worth more than the buyer is willing to pay. China will exchange essential goods for Gold only at a rate that makes sense.

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl * ben-‘Adam

    Isaiah 5:
    20 Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil,
    who put darkness for light
    and light for darkness,
    who put bitter for sweet
    and sweet for bitter.
    21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
    and clever in their own sight.
    22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine
    and champions at mixing drinks,
    23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
    but deny justice to the innocent.

    • Why are you repeating this ancient nonsense ?
      Again.

    • UncleB

      U.S. Fiat, Fear/faith based “funny money’ has already gone in the direction of the other Fiat money of this world, Zimbabwe Bucks the most recent. Just look to real estate and the value of a single dwelling from its build date to today’s price. Same with cars.
      For this to have happened to honest hard working folk many “illusions” had to be fostered . . .

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl * ben-‘Adam

    “Christ was the Master Builder, and he has laid the foundation for others to build upon.
    The foundation is Love, Truth, Virtue, Patience, Gentleness, Forbearance, Kindness, Longsuffering toward all God’s creatures.”

  • BellsNwhistles

    Capitalism has always been prone to chaos. The profit of some means the loss of many.

  • bob bear

    I just started laughing when I read the headline!
    Ruble Gold, goldis is down 50%!
    Oil is down, everything is down and you morons are trying to sell a bill of smelly goods of a threatened dollar, which is the only investment that hasn’t gone down!

    • UncleB

      “”a threatened dollar, which is the only investment that hasn’t gone down”” Relative to what? By what standard? You are measuring meters in pounds here! in the American mind all others of value float around an absolute dollar?

  • Bruce Wayne

    Another BS article and website from the former KGB hack with the height issues…

  • Dalton

    Well May 1st came and went. As always you suck at life russia

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