PBoC Set Yuan Rate Hitting Three Month Lows

The People’s Bank of China set its official midpoint rate at 6.4236 per US dollar prior to the market open on Thursday (Dec 10), 0.1 per cent weaker than the previous fix of 6.4140.

Guided by the PBOC’s official guidance rate, the yuan has hit three-month lows each day this week in intraday trading.

The spot rate is allowed to trade within a range 2 per cent above or below the official fixing on any given day.

Last week, the International Monetary Fund announced that it would include the yuan in its Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket alongside the dollar, euro, pound sterling and yen, an important milestone in China’s integration into global finances.

Markets have been rife with speculation that Beijing would allow the yuan to depreciate after the SDR inclusion.

The yuan’s performance this week appears to justify that speculation, traders said.

via Straits Times

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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