Aug 13

Chinese Devaluation Extends To 3rd Day – Yuan Hits 4 Year Low, Japan Escalates Currency Race-To-The-Bottom Rhetoric (ZeroHedge, Aug 12, 2015):

The “one-off” adjustment has now reached its 3rd day as The PBOC has now devalued the Yuan fix by 4.65% back to July 2011 lows.

The PBOC seeks to reassure…

  • *CHINA PBOC SAYS YUAN REMAINS STRONG CURRENCY IN LONG-TERM
  • *PBOC SAYS THERE IS DEMAND FOR DEVALUATION OF YUAN VS USD
  • *PBOC CHANGE OF YUAN MECHANISM RELATED TO JULY CREDIT: ZHANG
  • *PBOC SAYS YUAN CHANGE IS BENEFICIAL TO LONG TERM STABILITY
  • *PBOC SAYS YUAN EXCHANGE RATE ADJUSTMENT ALMOST COMPLETED
  • *YUAN RATE ADJUSTMENT POSITIVE TO CONFIDENCE IN YUAN: PBOC’S YI
  • *NEW YUAN MECHANISM `POSITIVE’ TO INTERNATIONALIZATION: PBOC YI
  • *PBOC SAYS NO BASIS FOR YUAN’S CONSTANT DEVALUATION: ZHANG

Even before this evening’s date with debasement history, Japan felt the need to step up the currency war rhetoric. Following disappointing Machine Orders data, Abe advisors Hamada warned that “Japan can offset Yuan devaluation by monetary easing,” and so the race to the bottom escalates. China has its own problems as BofAML’s leading economic indicator showed “the foundation for a growth recovery is not solid, facing more downward pressure,” and while confusion reigns over why The PBOC would intervene at the close to strengthen the Yuan last night, the reality is the commitment isn’t to a devaluation for China’s exports, but undoubtedly its actions are directed toward trying to keep the wholesale finance interfaces somewhat orderly.  Finally, China’s devaluation couldn’t come at a worse time for Argentina – about a quarter of the country’s $33.7 billion of foreign reserves are now denominated in yuan, which suffered its biggest loss since 1994 on Tuesday.

Having devalued the (onshore) Yuan fix by 3.5% in the last 2 days, China did it again… shifting Yuan to 4 year lows

 

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