However, they are growing their portion of world GDP faster than the West, which means that, in just a few short years, the BRICS countries are going to represent a lot more than 20% of the world’s GDP.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) August 04, 2012
In a recent Investment Contrarians article, editor Danny Esposito points out that Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, otherwise known as the BRICS countries, discussed the possibility, a few weeks ago, of setting up a foreign-exchange reserve pool and a currency-swap arrangement, in case a financial crisis breaks out in the West. Esposito believes the BRICS countries decided to come together three years ago, because they were tired of being pushed around by the West, especially the U.S.
“BRICS represent over 40% of the world’s population and 20% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP),” comments Esposito. “However, they are growing their portion of world GDP faster than the West, which means that, in just a few short years, the BRICS countries are going to represent a lot more than 20% of the world’s GDP.”
Considering their growth rates and their prominence now in the world, Esposito notes the BRICS countries have grown up; they are not the little brothers the U.S. and the rest of the world can just push around: they are pushing back, he asserts.
Since the financial crisis in Europe continues to escalate, the BRICS countries decided they do not want to get caught—like they did during the Lehman crisis—without liquidity in their banking system, which will significantly hurt their economies, believes the Investment Contrarians editor.
“They understand that as long as they are tied to the U.S. dollar and the euro, that illiquidity risk exists,” says Esposito. “The proposed foreign-exchange pool and currency swap agreements would be in the currencies of the BRICS countries themselves, outside of the use of the U.S. dollar and the euro. It would mean that, should a financial crisis occur, these countries would be capable of handling it themselves.”
The BRICS countries are growing up and showing that they are not only capable of pushing back, but they are also ready to take over, concludes Esposito.
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