Super Currency


DEFINITION of 'Super Currency'

A supranational currency printed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that would be tied to a basket of reserve currencies. The concept of a global "super currency" has been periodically discussed between world leaders as well as endorsed by 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize-winner Joseph Stiglitz and well-known business leader George Soros for years. A super currency could also be tied to a single currency, but the interconnectedness of world financial markets and concerns about the volatility that can occur as a result of the system being tied to one currency have made this idea much less popular.

BREAKING DOWN 'Super Currency'

Super-currency proponents have called for the IMF to use its special drawing rights (SDRs) - an internal international accounting system for IMF countries - to create a global super currency. The SDR was created in 1969 as a result of the Bretton Woods fixed exchange rate and is a global reserve asset based on a basket of existing currencies.

One of the most critical concerns surrounding the creation of a super currency is that the introduction of new legal tender worldwide could be a catalyst for inflation. It could also potentially weaken individual countries' currencies and usurp or complicate the functioning of existing governing financial institutions.

  1. International Monetary Fund - IMF

    An international organization created for the purpose of standardizing ...
  2. General Agreements To Borrow - ...

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  3. Currency Basket

    A selected group of currencies in which the weighted average ...
  4. Bretton Woods Agreement

    A landmark system for monetary and exchange rate management established ...
  5. USD

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  6. Special Drawing Rights - SDR

    An international type of monetary reserve currency, created by ...
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