by Benjamin Graham (1944)


Benjamin Graham

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In Storage and Stability, Graham proposed and described a specific plan to produce and store raw materials so that they could then become available as needed, with the ultimate aim of adjusting supply to demand, stabilizing prices, and increasing the standard of living on a domestic level. In World Commodities and World Currency, Graham offers a more global analysis of the systems that could reduce dangerous cycles of price instability in order to achieve stability in a postwar economy. Graham, in an astonishing display of foresight, shows how commodity reserves should play an important part in any economic policy.

Throughout the book, Graham maintains that stabilization of commodities offers a comparatively simple technique by which the world could achieve the fourfold objective of foreign-exchange stability, reasonable price stability, protective stockpiles, and -- most importantly -- a balanced expansion of the world's output and consumption of useful goods.

Readers today will discover that this landmark book has timely interest. In the aftermath of the Asian currencies collapse, and in the face of the organization of the European Common Union and the merging of European banks into a European Central Bank with one common currency, Graham's warnings about the dangers of a floating currency and his trenchant corrective prescriptions bear even greater relevance than ever.

(from flyleaf of 1998 reprint)


Cover of World Commodities and World Currency (1944)
Published by McGraw-Hill 1944, reprinted 1998.

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