posted on Aug, 26 2006 @ 04:01 AM
Since Russia has so many natural resources; oil, gas, minerals, agricultural land etc, the idea of strengthening the currency by trading commodities
in Rubles is a good one... and will provide support to a currency that is otherwise less attractive in the short term due to dubious economic outlook
in Russia. Commodities have intrinsic value.
e.g. If Russia wants to stabilize the price of the ruble to 10 to the dollar, it simply fixes the price of it's oil or gas exports to 10 times the
dollar cost of such commodities, in rubles.
If the current value of the ruble is less than 10c, there will be a rush for rubles, as arbitrageurs, hedge funds, investment banks, and other
financial institutions dash to buy the cheap oil, and resell it immediately on the western markets in dollars. Within a very short time, the ruble
will rise to the 10c mark as the institutions squeeze out the profits to be made on the currency mis-match.
Then, Russia just needs to peg this rate for a decade or so while the economy grows and stabilizes around this rate, like China is at the moment.