Jerry Seinfeld voice: “What’s the deal with Bitcoin?”

Stones. Beads. Feathers. Shells. Fur. Salt. No, we’re not assembling supplies for a weird craft project. These were different forms of currency used throughout history, before people settled on the forms of money we use today.

The History of Money

The global monetary system has lagged behind the large technological gains that we’ve enjoyed more generally. Our latest Instaread looks at the global financial system, tracing the evolution of money from ancient times to the digital era. How should we make sense of contemporary monetary policy, or the new digital currencies? Learn more in our latest Instaread.

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