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The Global Currency War Is On

CHINA FIRES THE FIRST SALVO … || By FITSNEWS || China shocked the world this week, devaluing its currency by a whopping 2 percent in response to slowing economic growth and a jittery stock market. The country’s central bank set its official guidance rate for the yuan – its official…

CHINA FIRES THE FIRST SALVO …

|| By FITSNEWS || China shocked the world this week, devaluing its currency by a whopping 2 percent in response to slowing economic growth and a jittery stock market.

The country’s central bank set its official guidance rate for the yuan – its official currency – at 6.2298 per U.S. dollar.  That’s the lowest it’s been in three years.  The move was also the country’s largest single currency devaluation since 1994, when China ostensibly aligned the yuan with the market.

Chinese officials claim their move was made in order to “improve the yuan’s midpoint pricing to meet the needs of the market,” although the real motivation seems to be far simpler – making its exports cheaper.

Chinese exports are down by 8.3 percent from last year, and devaluing its currency will make its goods cheaper for foreign investors to purchase.  Of course unlike America, China has a large trade surplus to support its currency – and its officials signaled as recently as three months ago that a broad-based devaluation was “not necessarily” in the cards.

Oops …

China referred to its currency move as a “one-off depreciation,” meaning it is ostensibly implementing a new method of managing its exchange rate – something global leaders have repeatedly demanded if the yuan is to be added to the international basket of reserve currencies.

So China is basically killing two birds with one stone.

Oh wait. Somebody already said that …

“(China’s central bank) hit two birds with one stone,” one economist told The Wall Street Journal. “It caused the yuan to weaken, ending support to exports, and it’s making the exchange rate more market-determined, which could help China win the reserve currency status.”

So yeah … what he said.

Of course while the move is good for China’s economy – and the global standing of its currency – it’s already wreaking havoc elsewhere.  For example, numerous other countries – India, Russia and Thailand, to name a few – seemed on the verge of devaluing their currencies in an effort not to lose competitive ground to China.

The move also makes it harder for the secretive U.S. central bank – the Federal Reserve – to proceed with a planned interest rate hike in September.  How come?  Because a rate hike would further raise the value of the dollar – meaning a greater strain on already struggling U.S. exports.

Oh, and the move could impact passage of U.S. president Barack Obama‘s crony capitalist trade deal – which is deeply rooted in the debate over currency manipulation.

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22 comments

ImpaledNazarene August 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm

When will people realize that currencies are non-existent? There is absolutely no value to currencies.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis August 11, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Only when our human masters say so. Until then good luck. The masters have spoken.

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9" August 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

When one currency doesn’t translate to a better buy for what you want;your dollar,euro,pound,etc

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Currency is like TP August 11, 2015 at 4:37 pm

It ain’t worth a thing but everyone still needs it.

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Centrist View August 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Currency is a standard measure of value for goods and services. Without currency, how would you pay wages and salaries, and how would you express the value of milk, eggs, gasoline, and an Uber ride?

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9" August 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Many US businesses/exporters are doing poorly or have gone out of business after the USPS International shipping costs were raised by an insane increase.
That said,buying from Europe can be less expensive than buying American,right now.

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Adam Smith August 11, 2015 at 4:55 pm

US exports that will be hurt by a devalued Yuan are less important to the American economy than a strong stable US dollar, particularly when we count on China to loan us their money by buying our Govt. bonds. Cheaper imports help American consumers.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis August 11, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Only your masters. Money

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Bible Thumper August 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm

The numbers are confusing, but this chart linked below with an inverted vertices axis is easy to read. When #Yuan/one dollar rate increases that means the Yuan has declined in value, thus the inverted axis. 6.2298 is the mid point of a fixed trading range. Since there is pressure on the Yuan/Renminbi, it’s actually trading at 6.33 which is lower on the chart.
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/08/12/upshot/why-did-china-devalue-its-currency-two-big-reasons.html?_r=0&referrer=

I would not be to critical of China. In the last three years the Yen, Euro and Pound have dropped over 20% from their 3 year highs. The Yuan has only dropped 5%.from it’s historical high. This is a blow to the Chinese effort to make the Yuan a reserve currency. The IMF just rejected the Yuan in their reserve currency basket. This is an indication of weakness in their economy and regulatory structure.

The US Dollar is the king of the heap. It has risen against other currencies, gold, oil and many other commodities.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis August 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Your bible shit is fucked up.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis August 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm

End of story

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euwe max August 11, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Gee – conflicting opinions.
Let’s break the tie with Faux news, shall we?

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Victorious Secret August 11, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Lol….well done, sir.

Take Faux News and BSMBC and meet in the middle. Thus, you land on the (doesn’t exist) media outlet.

Hopefully, one day.

euwe max August 11, 2015 at 11:26 pm

Hopefully, one day.

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Be careful what you ask for – you might get it.

Victorious Secret August 11, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Indeed, I could only hope for a media that had no agenda.

It’s kind of like the snipe I was told to hunt long, long ago. I’d love to find that snipe and hang it in my non-existent trophy room.

euwe max August 11, 2015 at 11:44 pm

a media that had no agenda.

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You said “meet in the middle” – :)

Bible Thumper August 12, 2015 at 12:44 am

We are all in the same boat. If China’s and Europe’s economy suffers so does ours. The dollar’s relative strength means our economy and financial and political institutions are stronger, but it still has counter cyclical effects that hurt us. That’s why we want recovery in China and Europe. If the devaluation works then we will be better off, but other things China is doing to prop up its stocks is bad because it destroys the purpose of a market. Though the US and Europeans have done similar things with TARP, the markets still took a haircut and we’re allowed to decline. But damage to the principle of “Moral Hazard” was done.

Trump and the anti-trade goofs think they can protect US jobs. It would only be temporary relief. With only 320,000,000 citizens 4.5% of the world’s population, that is not enough customers to support the many large industries. Our industries would stagnate. In trade competition, the TPP opponents want the US to drag it’s feet and hang back at the back of the line. Volvo and BMW understand to importance of manufacturing on several continents, but in the US we call it off shoring or exporting jobs. BMW is stronger than Ford or GM and German jobs are safer than jobs at Ford or GM, even though they are becoming more International.

Sic Semper Tyrannis August 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

This shit is too easy. Blow China of the map.

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Bible Thumper August 12, 2015 at 3:01 am

One-off? MY FOOT! THE CHINESE JUST LOWERED IT AGAIN.

“On Wednesday, China’s central bank fixed the “official midpoint” for the yuan down 1.6% to 6.3306 against the dollar.”

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