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U.S. Likely to Move from Fractional Reserve Banking to No-reserve Banking

Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke is calling for an end to bank reserves.

In the footnotes of a speech U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke would have given to the House Financial Services Committee on Feb. 10, lies a unique and startling disclosure.

Hosted on the Federal Reserve’s own servers, the written testimony of the bank’s chairman explains in plain text what expanding the Fed’s powers will do.

“The Federal Reserve believes it is possible that, ultimately, its operating framework will allow the elimination of minimum reserve requirements, which impose costs and distortions on the banking system,” footnote number nine, at the bottom of the page, explains without additional qualification.

This marks the end of even the pretense that reserves mean anything in today’s banking system, or that there are any effective controls on the abusive issuance of money as debt. Read the full article here.