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IMF’s Executive Board Completes Review of SDR Basket, Includes Chinese Renminbi

Discussion in 'Financial Cents' started by Ganado, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. Ganado

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    Press Release No. 15/540
    November 30, 2015
    The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the regular five-yearly review of the basket of currencies that make up the Special Drawing Right (SDR). A key focus of the Board review was whether the Chinese renminbi (RMB) met the existing criteria to be included in the basket. The Board today decided that the RMB met all existing criteria and, effective October 1, 2016 the RMB is determined to be a freely usable currency and will be included in the SDR basket as a fifth currency, along with the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound. Launching the new SDR basket on October 1, 2016 will provide sufficient lead time for the Fund, its members and other SDR users to adjust to these changes.

    At the conclusion of the meeting, Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF, stated:

    “The Executive Board's decision to include the RMB in the SDR basket is an important milestone in the integration of the Chinese economy into the global financial system. It is also a recognition of the progress that the Chinese authorities have made in the past years in reforming China’s monetary and financial systems. The continuation and deepening of these efforts will bring about a more robust international monetary and financial system, which in turn will support the growth and stability of China and the global economy.”

    The value of the SDR will be based on a weighted average of the values of the basket of currencies comprising the U.S. dollar, euro, the Chinese renminbi, Japanese yen, and British pound. The inclusion of the RMB will enhance the attractiveness of the SDR by diversifying the basket and making it more representative of the world’s major currencies. The SDR interest rate will continue to be determined as a weighted average of the interest rates on short-term financial instruments in the markets of the currencies in the SDR basket. Authorities of all currencies represented in the SDR basket, which now includes the Chinese authorities, are expected to maintain a policy framework that facilitates operations for the IMF, its membership and other SDR users in their currencies. The paper presented to the Board will be released soon.

    Media Relations
    E-mail: media@imf.org
    Phone: 202-623-7100
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  2. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    w00t w00t. It's about time.

    We will soon all be in this together!
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  3. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++ Site Supporter

    So, it will be interesting to see how much that further dilutes international demand for the dollar resulting in further devaluation.
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  4. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    This is part of the machinations to remove the USD as the main trading currency, reduce our national debt and not collapse the USA economy. Note China does not become a reserve currency until October 2016

    The yuan continues to strengthen as a world currency. As well as being accepted into the IMF system, China has set up currency agreements with individual countries, thus cutting the dollar out of the loop of international finance.
    The big issue is that China holds warehouses is full of US dollars at this time which they are attempting to release without totally collapsing the use currency.
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