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Outgoing New York Fed President William Dudley has a new proposal to mock.

Dudley proposes paying bankers with long-term debt.

Wall Street should force banks to share the pain of regulatory penalties by docking executives’ pay, a move that would help discourage bad behavior, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley said Monday.

If bankers were paid more with long-term debt, it could “better align senior managers’ interests with the long-term safety and soundness of the firm,” he said. Such a change might need to be pushed by regulators, he said, because the banks “may be reluctant to adopt such pay structures on their own for competitive reasons.”

Brief Payment History

  • Millennials may be shocked to discover that people used to be paid with gold.
  • Roosevelt ended the gold payment system during the Great Depression, illegally confiscating everyone's gold. He should have gone to prison.
  • Following personal confiscation, international trade deficits were settled in gold until Nixon put an end to that in 1971.
  • After Nixon closed the gold window, people at least got paid in cash.
  • People collected interest on debt in US dollars and other currencies.
  • Lately, covenant-lite and toggle bond issuance has soared. Toggle bonds "pay" interest with more debt.
  • Now, Dudley proposes paying people with debt.

What's the difference anyway?

The dollar is in reality nothing but debt.

Dudley Gems

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Dudley will be gone shortly. He is retiring. The lead candidate is John Williams, the current San Francisco Fed President.

Williams has some "clever" ideas of his own. For discussion, please see All Hail the New Fed Triumvirate: Powell, Williams, Clarida.

For discussion of the gold window and faith in central banks, please see Rate Hike Cycles, Gold, and the “Rule of Total Morons”

It is precisely because of central bank foolishness and bubble-blowing episodes that people would be wise to own gold.

Those wanting a return to a gold standard should note that the price of gold cannot be pegged to the dollar. Instead, a dollar should be redeemable as a fixed quantity of gold.

Addendum Q&A

Q. Are you simply trying to say that each dollar should be backed by a certain amount of gold that physically resides in a Federal Reserve vault?

A. Nearly correct. The gold does not have to specifically be at the Fed. A dollar should be redeemable in a specific weight. Period. Local banks quite fine.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock