Jayant Bhandari: India's Economic Suicide

Fergus Hodgson, 23 November 2016 rss iTunes SoundCloud-logo

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Indian Prime Minister Nahendra Modi has declared 500 and 1,000 rupee notes illegal for exchange. Since these are worth a mere $7.26 and $14.53, he has de facto ended paper currency for use in all major transactions.

Half the population do not have bank accounts, and consumer trade has come to a screeching halt. That is because the highest permitted denomination fetches only about one US dollar, and exchanging the larger notes requires long waits and government identification, which a quarter of Indians do not possess.

Beyond the self-inflicted economic crisis, Jayant Bhandari says India is becoming a police state. She is on a fast track to banana-republic status, before fragmentation into smaller political units.

The gold market in India is in chaos, as people rid themselves of the domestic fiat currency: the price per ounce has skyrocketed to above $2,000, and tax authorities are blocking the retailers. This means the black market is set to boom, as smugglers adapt to the new opportunity, but import demand from India has dropped momentarily, since the formal markets are under the gun.

Jayant Bhandari was born in India but is a Canadian citizen and now spends most of his time in Singapore. He is a junior mining analyst and the host of the annual Capitalism & Morality conference in Vancouver. Here is speaking at the 2016 event. (Screenshot: CapitalismMorality)

Jayant Bhandari was born in India but is a Canadian citizen and now spends most of his time in Singapore. He is a junior mining analyst and the host of the annual Capitalism & Morality conference in Vancouver. Here he is speaking at the 2016 event. (Screenshot: CapitalismMorality)

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Fergus Hodgson (@FergHodgson) is an economic consultant and Gold Newsletter's roving editor.