China's Yuan Tumbles Past 7 Per Dollar for First Time Since 2008

Tuesday, 06 Aug, 2019

5 criticized the Chinese regime for letting the yuan fall to the key 7-per-U.S. dollar level for the first time in more than a decade, days after he vowed to slap tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese imports.

When the U.S. president announced his first wave of protectionist measures in March 2018 he boasted that trade wars were good and easy to win. However, the central bank's decision to lower the daily reference rate is a sign that China's leaders are willing to breach a threshold for the renminbi previously regarded as sacrosanct.

Mr. Trump deployed top trade officials to China early last week and the White House said they'd had a "constructive" meeting, and agreed to another negotiation in September. He said Monday's move might be part of "a concerted series of steps aimed at pushing back at the latest USA tariffs".

The weak yuan ignited fear on Wall Street that a currency war has begun or that the United States would respond with even higher tariffs, prolonging the standoff with China and potentially weakening the global economy. You can get details on future economic reports in this economic calendar.

On Monday, the immediate winners and losers were clear.

Investors are interpreting Monday's fall in the yuan as a new front in the trade war and are anxious about a global economic slowdown as a result of the trade war.

"I am surprised at the market's surprise at China's retaliation", he said.

Beijing imposed similar controls in October 2015 after a change in the exchange rate mechanism prompted markets to bet the yuan would fall.

Bitcoin prices are at the highest levels in more than three weeks, rising over 8% in the past twenty-four hours. It's called "currency manipulation", Trump tweeted. At the time, traders anxious massive stock gains and higher-than-expected wage growth would force the Federal Reserve would hike rates aggressively to prevent the economy from overheating.

USA stocks nosedived Monday as China's currency fell sharply and raised fears that the U.S. "The dollar strengthening presents another issue".

According to Citi analysts, another 5% or so appreciation in the dollar was necessary before the intervention risk was "live". That, in turn, makes American-made products relatively more expensive and hurts US -based manufacturers - the opposite of Trump's professed goal in all this.

"[The central bank] has held off on doing this because it could be scaring people into moving more money offshore and also because it could inflame the Trump administration, because they see the depreciation of the currency as a way to artificially boost Chinese exports", says Collier. -Chinese tensions renewed concerns about an economic downturn, spurring safe-haven demand for bonds.

China's massive role in global trade also means moves in the yuan reverberate much more powerfully and widely than they once did.

Millennium's Benson said he was steering clear of emerging currencies and reckoned the yen could rally to 105 per the dollar.

"The CNH weakened a lot more than the CNY, suggesting that the move is driven by selling in the CNH market".

However, investors will also get an insight into the U.S. economy today.