Money: Crisis All the Time

For the 200 moneymen assembled last week in Basel, Switzerland, the 38th annual meeting of the Bank for International Settlements was the occasion for a somber review of the past year's dizzying dislocations in world finance. Last fall the pound was devalued. Four months later came the speculative attack on the dollar that resulted in abandonment of the London gold pool. More recently, France's upheaval put unexpected pressures on the franc. "You can't tell the difference between monetary crisis and noncrisis any more," concluded one official at Basel. "Now it's crisis all...

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