IFRS and US GAAP authorised CMUCPP automatically maintains the constant purchasing power of constant real value non-monetary items (e.g. capital, all items in shareholders´ equity, provisions, salaries, wages, pensions, taxes, trade debtors/creditors, etc) only when updated in terms of the Daily CPI during low and high inflation, hyperinflation and deflation - ceteris paribus. European Accounting Association: "Capital maintenance is a competing objective of financial reporting."
In practice, money has a specific real value for one day at a time in an
internal economy or monetary union during low inflation and deflation. It
changes every time the Daily CPI changes. A monetary note or monetary coin has
its nominal value permanently printed on it. Its nominal value does not and now
(2012) cannot change.
National monetary units are mostly created in economies subject to
inflation. The Japanese economy is sometimes in a state of deflation. The
Japanese Yen, all monetary items and all constant items measured in fixed nominal
monetary units (all items in owners´ equity, trade debtors, trade creditors,
all non-monetary payables, all non-monetary receivables, provisions, fixed
salaries, fixed pensions, fixed rentals, fixed wages, etc.) increase in real
value inside the Japanese economy during deflation.
Money refers to a monetary unit used within the economy or monetary
union in which it is created. This does not refer to the foreign exchange value
of a monetary unit which is not the subject of this book. The foreign exchange
value of a monetary unit refers to its exchange value in relation to another
monetary unit normally the monetary unit of another country or monetary union.
The real value of a monetary unit would remain the same over time only
at sustainable zero per cent annual inflation. Money would thus have an
absolutely stable real value only at sustainable zero per cent annual
inflation. This has never happened on a permanent basis in any economy in the
past. Now and then countries achieve zero annual inflation for a month or two
at a time. But never for a sustainable period of a year or more.
Real value is the most important fundamental economic concept although
it is the lesser studied and understood compared to the study of money. Money
and real value are, unfortunately, not one and the same thing during inflation
and deflation. Money and other monetary items generally have lower real values
during inflation and higher real values during deflation. Money and other
monetary items inflation-adjusted daily have constant real values over time. Chile
inflation-adjusts 20 to 25 per cent of its broad M3 money supply daily in terms
of the Unidad de Fomento which is a
monetized daily indexed unit of account (2011).
Money is an invention. Its existence can be terminated while real value
is a fundamental economic concept, which exists, while we exist. The Zimbabwe
Dollar´s existence was terminated on 20 November, 2008 when Gideon Gono, the
Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
issued instructions to shut down the activities of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
which resulted in the end of trading in Old Mutual shares on the ZSE. This
stopped the last exchangeability of the ZimDollar with the British Pound since
the Old Mutual Implied Rate (OMIR) was being used as an implied exchange rate
between the two currencies. That stopped the existence of the ZimDollar. No
exchangeability with any foreign currency means no value for a monetary unit.
Economies have already functioned without money. Barter economies
operated without a medium of exchange. Cuba
in the past bought oil from Venezuela
and paid part in money and part by the provision of the services of sports
coaches and medical doctors. Corn farmers in Argentina stored their corn in
silos and paid for new pick–up trucks and other expensive mechanized farm
implements with quantities of corn – the unit of real value Adam Smith
described as a very stable unit of real value.
There will always be real value while the human race exists. The need
for a medium of exchange, which is money’s first and basic function, is equally
true. Money is one of the greatest human inventions of all time. It ranks on
par with the invention of the wheel and the Gutenberg press in terms of
importance to human development. Without money modern human development would
have been slower.
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