It is common knowledge that banks do not lend out savings, but rather create money out of nothing when a contract is signed.
For example, the currency (account balances) for a mortgage does not exist until the contract is signed. Then a bookkeeping entry gives the bank an asset and the borrower a liability.
This newly created currency can then be used to purchase a house, materials, contractors, etc.
But there’s a catch …
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Once upon a time a little village had merchants such as the baker and brewer who provided bread and beer to the carpenter and farmer, knowing that in exchange the carpenter kept the furniture and fittings in order, while the farmer supplied grain at harvest time.
Friday afternoons in the pub they often pondered on how to trade with the village up the slope for grapes and wine, and the village downstream for beef and milk. The dilemma was coinciding the availability of products to barter, for eg., milk was available daily while wheat could be offered only at harvest time.
It would be difficult to establish the required trust to settle what is owed with strangers, or even neighbours who were not friends or family. So trade was stalled.
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