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The Outlook for Gold

1st Edition

By Charles Morgan Webb


150 pages

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Originally published in 1931, this book was written at a time when the utility and value of gold was under great scrutiny. Global financial circles were discussing the necessity of reducing the price of gold, pressing for the return of Britain to a gold standard and imposing a managed currency. Against a background of post-war monetary and financial dislocations, the author argues that the unique monetary quality of gold is its liquidity, and its universal acceptability as a natural form of money throughout the world.

Table of Contents

1. Supply and Demand 2. The Storage Function of Money 3. The De-Hoarding of Gold 4. Liquidity Preference 5. The Limitations of Investment 6. The Supply of gold 7. The Decline of Disruptive Forces 8. The Re-distribution of Gold 9. A Simple Solution

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Gold Standard

Re-issuing 8 seminal volumes in the history of economics, originally published between 1930 and 1987, but which still have enduring validity, the volumes in this set byBarthold A. Butenschøn, Karl Gustav Cassel, G. D. H. Cole, Diane B. Kunz, H. L. Puxley, George F. Warren and Frank A. Pearson and Charles Morgan Webb:

  • Set the British political and financial crisis of 1931 in an international context


  • Provide a definitive account of an exciting episode in British politics


  • Discuss the inadequacy of ‘orthodox Gold Standard theory’ in the light of post-war monetary phenomena


  • Form an invaluable commentary on the monetary instability of these crucial years


  • Represent an influential study of the relationship between the prices of gold and other commodities

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Comparative