Earlier today I received an email from Baghdad Invest. He left a link to an article written by Mr. IQD. After reading Mr. IQDs article I Just had to leave a comment. I came back later in the day only to find that the comment had vanished. It is missing! I don’t know what happened but I now feel a need to respond to this in an effort to set the record straight.
Mr. IQD posted an old article he found through a person who goes by the name “MyDigitalDr” Mr. IQD makes the claim that this article validates and confirms that Kuwait did indeed revalue their currency. The link to the article is found here.
Here are is a small part that was quoted by Mr. IQD
Mr. IQD goes on to say the following.
Now you can know with CERTAINTY that Kuwait did in fact “RV” their Currency for 3.47 KWD to $1.00 USD – and friends I’ve been searching for this fact based article for years, and poof, out of the blue, “MyDigitalDr” on LJ’s Board found it and posted it. So, thanks to you, whoever you are. Also, thanks to the NY Times for including it in their Archives – that is really awesome!
To those out there who claim that it is just not “possible” for Iraq’s Central Bank to “RV” the IQD because it has “never been done before” – THEN TELL THEM TO READ THIS NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE, AND SEE HOW THEY RESPOND!!!…
Well I left a response in the form of a comment and it was rather long. I made every effort to be polite. I came back later and found that my comment was no longer there. So I will now include my original comment
The Kuwait RV was one of the reasons I invested in the dinar in the first place. It was articles like this that caused me to have confidence in my investment. On the surface this does look like an RV. But the fact remains that Kuwait never revalued their currency. Kuwait redenominated their currency. What is an RV? It is a policy decision from the central bank to change the value of its currency. It can only happen to pegged currencies. This is because the market determines the value for all those currencies that float. This is the standard definition of an RV.
The Kuwaiti Central Bank NEVER adjusted the rate of the dinar. The rate plummeted when Saddam invaded the country and took over the central bank. Everyone was instructed to trade the Kuwait dinar for Iraqi dinar in October of that same year. Speculation drove the price down. Once Iraq was kicked out of Kuwait it took 7 months to get the country up and running again. They had to put out fires because the oil wells were set ablaze. The value of the Kuwaiti dinar was reestablished after Iraq left. The Kuwaiti central bank redenominated the currency because Saddam left with a lot of Kuwaiti dinar. But in the exchange there was no change in value.!
Even Wikipedia acknowledges that this was a redenomination and not a revalue. This scenario is a lot different then what gurus say is going to happen to the dinar. The claim is the dinar will revalue which is due to a policy decision. That is not what happened in Kuwait. The Kuwaiti dinars change in value was due to speculation in the currency itself. It is nothing the central bank controlled. When the country was invaded the value fell because no one new Kuwait’s future. When Kuwait recovered the value came back. The central bank had nothing to do with the change in value! It was perception of a fiat currency and the fact that people lost faith in the Kuwaiti dinar that changed its value.
So there was never a Kuwaiti revalue! And given the very definition of revalue it has never happened before on the scale of what people expect from the dinar. There has never been a revalue over 50 percent.
We need to also consider that Iraq has over 34 trillion dinar in circulation. The dinar is backed by U.S. dollars. They don’t have enough dollars in their reserves to back any kind of significant revalue. Given the fact that there is only around 12 trillion U.S. dollars in America’s M2 money supply it is highly unlikely that Iraq will ever get enough reserves to revalue to any significant level
At least 28 trillion of the Iraqi dinar in circulation today is outside of Iraq’s border. When dinar is exported it is exchanged for US dollars. That money goes straight into their reserves. I agree that Iraq will take the path of Kuwait. They will redenominate their currency. When they do this they will not honor the currency outside of their border and they will cite their currency laws as the reason. Then they get to keep all of that reserve that was collected over the years due to the export of their currency.
Now this comment is gone. For some reason It vanished. So allow me to elaborate a little more. I bought Iraqi dinar based on a lot of lies that I believed. I fell for it hook line and sinker and at the time I knew nothing about how currencies actually worked. I spent 4 years researching economics after I purchased dinar.
Two years after my purchase I am researching economics and I discovered that there was never a Kuwaiti Revalue. In fact I began to research the other lies I was told only to find out that nothing that I was told was even true! That is when I decided to sell my dinar and I started posting the truth about this fraudulent so-called investment on my blog. I spent about two years posting the facts instead of make believe wishful thinking. So now let’s go a little deeper.
The paragraph in question is this one
Notice that they are changing out an old currency for a new currency. This is a redenomination it is not a revalue. Revalues are slight adjustments in the value of currency and they only happen to pegged currencies to combat inflation. Now notice these two paragraphs from the New York Times article.
The Central Bank is canceling the value of Kuwaiti dinars that were seized from the Central Bank and put into circulation by the Iraqis. The invalid serial numbers were posted today in front of all banks in the city.
So all the dinar was exchanged with no change in value! One old Kuwaiti dinar was equal to one new Kuwaiti dinar! Wikipedia says,
The third series was issued on 20 February 1980, after the accession to the throne of Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, at that time in denominations of 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1, 5 and 10 dinar. A 20 dinar banknote was introduced on 9 February 1986. As a result of the state of emergency after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, this series was ruled invalid with effect from 30 September 1991. Significant quantities of these notes were stolen by Iraqi forces and some have appeared on the international numismatic market.
So the fourth series was introduced with no change in value! The same denominations were issued in a new series. This is because Saddam had stolen a lot of Kuwaiti dinar. That was the reason for the redenomination. So let’s recap the actual events
- 1. Saddam’s forces invade Kuwait and they over run the country.
- 2. While some people were captured a lot of people flee taking with them as much money as possible (Kuwaiti dinar)
- 3. Because Saddam’s forces occupy Kuwait the value of their currency begins to fall. Those outside Kuwait exchange dinar for a lower rate.
- 4, In October of that same year Saddam makes the Kuwaiti dinar illegal and he orders that all Kuwaiti dinar must be exchanged for Iraqi dinar. He pegs the Kuwaiti dinar to the Iraqi dinar. As a result the Kuwaiti dinar which is still in circulation falls to its lowest level.
- 5. American forces liberate Kuwait. When Saddam’s forces leave they take a lot of Kuwaiti dinar with them. This dinar was stolen from the Kuwaiti Central bank.
- 6. The Kuwaiti government is put back in power and the Kuwaiti dinar is restored to its original price before the central bank was shut down because of Iraqi troops.
- 7. There was a redenomination for the sole purpose of invalidating the entire dinar supply that was stolen from Kuwait. The important point is when the redenomination occurred there was no change in value. The old dinar was worth just as much as the new dinar. Here are two more articles to go with the New York Times Article.
This is a lot different then what people are claiming the Iraqi dinar is going to do! Gurus claim that a policy decision made by the central bank will raise the value of the over 70 trillion dinar anywhere from 100,000 to 400,000 percent. And this has never happened before! This is not what happened in Kuwait! It will not happen for obvious reasons. First the amount of hyperinflation that will come from a move like this will destroy the currency. Second nations want to have the lowest currency because it helps them with exports which strengthens their economy and provides jobs.
So if this post came up during a Google search and you friends are trying to tell you to buy dinar or you are new to the dinar world, I am providing this warning for your benefit. Run away from this so-called investment! There is nothing but hype and rumor that is repeated over and over again just to sell this worthless paper.
If you still believe the dinar will revalue after reading the articles I posted or watching events like ISIS unfold in Iraq then for one last time I appeal to your common sense. It is time to set aside all the lies and seek out the truth. Wishful thinking is not going to make you rich. Denying facts won’t help you get the things in life you want. Pipe dreams filled with hype have no chance of coming true. It is high time to face reality and set aside the foolish notion that over 70 trillion dinar is magically going to be worth anywhere from 70 trillion to 280 trillion U.S. dollars. I know what I am saying is not popular and it is not what dinar investors want to hear. But God as my witness, I am speaking the truth! ultimately it is the truth that will set you free!