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Clare:  Iraq is the fifth largest economy in the Arab world and the 52nd largest economy in the world


The American magazine “CEOWORLD” reported on Monday that Iraq ranked fifth in the Arab world and 52nd globally as the largest economy in the world in 2024.

According to the American magazine, despite growing concerns about rising prices, the United States has maintained its position as the largest economy in the world, with an impressive GDP of $28.78 trillion.

China follows with a massive GDP of $18.54 trillion, while Germany, meanwhile, has cemented its position as Europe’s economic leader with a GDP of $4.59 trillion, building on its manufacturing expertise and strong exports while overcoming additional challenges from energy supply issues related to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The magazine showed that Japan ranks fourth with a GDP of $4.11 trillion, while India ranks fifth, as one of the fastest growing economies with a GDP of $3.94 trillion.

 While Iraq ranked 52nd globally in terms of growth with a GDP of $265.894 million for the current year, the GDP for 2025 was estimated at $278.811 million, in 2026 at $292.147 million, in 2027 at $307.465 million, in 2028 at $325.197 million, and finally in 2029 at $345.074 million.

The magazine indicated that Iraq ranks fifth in the Arab world after Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Egypt and Algeria.  LINK


Clare:  The dollar’s flight does not threaten the dinar.. Al-Sudani’s advisor dispels fears: The dollar system is a thing of the past


The financial and economic advisor to the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mazhar Mohammed Salih, commented on Monday on the return of the rise in the exchange rate of the US dollar against the Iraqi dinar in local markets.

Saleh explained to Shafaq News Agency, “The fixed exchange rate system in Iraq is based on an international reserves base that is the highest in the history of Iraq and its monetary policy, as foreign currency covers more than 100% of the total currency currently issued.”

He added that “given the strength of the official central exchange market, the exchange rate of the dollar to the dinar in the parallel market today in the country does not constitute any relative importance in influencing the stability of the general price level, which has become stable in its components and trends due to the influence of the official exchange rate factor currently dominating the financing of foreign trade (imports) amounting to 1320 dinars per dollar, which is a stable trend for the exchange rate and around which the stable external value of the dinar revolves, which is embodied by the state of stability of the relative prices of goods and services to a large extent, as the annual inflation in the country does not exceed 3%.”

According to Saleh, based on the above, and in light of the strength of the foreign reserves supporting the Iraqi dinar, the value of which as liquid foreign assets exceeds $100 billion, the official exchange market, as a general trend, will remain dominant in containing any colored noise or ambiguous information that affects the parallel exchange market in short periods due to urgent international or regional political events here and there or in adapting some instructions regulating the monetary market.

Al-Sudani’s financial advisor said that after the decline of the dollarization phenomenon in domestic transactions, especially in contracts, obligations and payments inside the country since last year and its legal prohibition, the parallel exchange market has become such that its general effects today only form a narrow economic scope of prohibited transactions practiced by informal markets and at a rate of 10% of the total supply and demand transactions for the currency.

Saleh stressed that “the stability of the exchange rate of the dinar to the dollar that the country is witnessing, even in the secondary markets above, is a real and solid stability. Rather, it is derived from the strength of the impact of the price and quantity factors of the monetary and financial policies and their integration in imposing overall price stability in the country and containing the inflationary expectations that were caused by the forces of the parallel exchange market during the past years.” 

The financial advisor concluded his speech by pointing out that “the secondary (irregular) market, due to the freedom of external transfer, is under the influence of the official exchange market rate, whose operations are constantly expanding in favor of dealing at the fixed official exchange rate.”  LINK


Courtesy of Dinar Guru:  https://www.dinarguru.com/

Militia Man  Article quote: “The fixed exchange rate system in Iraq is based on an international reserves base is the highest in the history of Iraq…Foreign currency covers more than 100% of the total currency issued.”  Even the trillions, they have enough reserves to do that.  In other words if they change the exchange rate to something that’s strong, that reflects the true fundamentals of the country, they shouldn’t have any problem.  Their model is stable, secure…very little inflation.  They’ve been successful doing this model…

   [Iraq boots-on-the-ground report]   FIREFLY:
The television was interviewing Sudani and asked him about the reforms and about the progress of the economy.  He says we are stronger than ever and all projects are poised.  He says the delete the zeros is still on the table as Iraq moves forward.  FRANK: It’s encouraging to see Sudanii repeat once again the same words…That means you’re about to see it…He says the project is still alive…I’m excited that they talked about a fixed rate rate verses a float…They could float at a fixed rate and cap it very quickly.  I’ve got a feeling that’s exactly what they’re going to do.

Iraqi Dinar July Update, Revaluation & Cleaning Out the Corruption

Nader:  7-9-2024


Is The Fed Getting ‘Abolished’? Economist Explains ‘End The Fed’ Movement | Carola Binder

David Lin: 7-9-2024

Carola Binder, Associate Professor of Economics at Haverford College, discusses her inflation outlook, prediction for number of Fed rate cuts this year, and the origins “End The Fed” movement, which was detailed in her book “Shock Values: Prices and Inflation in American Democracy.”

0:00 – Intro

1:15 – Inflation outlook

 7:00 – Inflation measurements

8:40 – 2% inflation target

11:45 – Price controls

13:55 – How many rate cuts this year?

 14:30 – Central bank independence

18:36 – Monetary vs. fiscal policies

 21:45 – ‘End The Fed’ movement

23:45 – Gold standard

26:20 – Fed’s dual mandate