Bart Klein Ikink

Independent Researcher & Writer

Bart Klein Ikink

Bart Klein Ikink is an independent researcher living the Netherlands. In 2008 he discovered that demurrage currency combined with a ban on charging interest could improve the economy. This design is called Natural Money, named after the Natural Economic Order of Silvio Gesell. If this is correct then Natural Money will be the money of the future.

After receiving his Masters in Business Information Technology at the University of Twente in 1992, Bart took up interest in interest-free money with a holding tax. Over the years I have discussed these ideas on financial message boards and took keen interest in the arguments of people opposing such an idea. Feasibility is the main angle of my research.  Bart Klein Ikink’s website is  https://www.naturalmoney.org

Bart Klein Ikink Articles

If the corona virus is anything like the Spanish flu then 2 billion people might get infected and 100 million people might die. We don't know that now but it will become clear in the coming years. It might not seem the right time to think...
Many people don't like negative interest rates. For that reason some politicians called for a ban on negative interest rates. This is a price control and that doesn't bode well for financial stability. Psychologists might be able to...
The financial crisis of 2008 brought a renewed interest in Minsky's Financial Instability Hypothesis. It states that capitalist economies are inherently unstable due to the inner workings of the financial system.1 Minsky ignored interest...
Negative interest rates are coming. And they may be here to stay. There is a reason why that might be so. To explain the situation I make use of simplification for clarity's sake. Basically this is a tale of two opposing economic forces:...
There is talk about a war on cash to pave the way for negative interest rates. Negative interest rates and cash go not well together, at least so it seems. People may opt for cash when interest rates on bank accounts and government bonds...
Less than 1% of foreign exchange transactions are made for trading goods and services. More than 80% are made for exchange rate speculation. Every three days an entire year's worth of the European Union's GDP of € 13 trillion is traded in...
Natural Money is interest-free money with a holding tax. The maximum interest rate on money and loans is zero and there is a tax on currency. The tax may range from 0.5% to 1% per month. You don't have to pay the holding tax on money lent...
Interest rates have gone down in recent decades. Most economists think that they will go up again. But what if the opposite happens? What if negative real interest rates become the new normal? That seems unthinkable. Yet, negative interest...
Interest on money causes financial instability and contributes to economic cycles. Governments and central banks try to reduce financial instability and economic cycles. Because of their measures, many people think that they are safe. This...
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