Yuan's Flexibility Won't Mean Gold's Fall
Source: Julian D. W. Phillips, Gold Forecaster (6/21/10)
"The financial world is expecting the yuan to appreciate up to 30% over time."
What Was Said by China?
A narrowing balance-of-payments gap indicates that there's no basis for "large-scale appreciation" by the yuan, the Chinese central bank said. The Chinese version said no "large-scale volatility [Continued emphasis would be placed to reflecting market supply and demand with reference to a basket of currencies]. It ruled out a one-time revaluation, saying there is no basis for "large-scale appreciation," and kept the yuan's 0.5% daily trading band unchanged. Today it moved from last weeks Y6.8160 to Y6.7980 as a reaction to the news and the latest yuan daily fix by the central bank. Why? "The recovery and upturn of the Chinese economy has become more solid with the enhanced economic stability," the People's Bank of China said [China's inflation rate jumped to a 19-month high of 3.1% in May. China's overseas sales jumped 48.5% in May from a year earlier]. "It is desirable to proceed further with reform of the yuan exchange-rate regime and increase the yuan exchange-rate flexibility. Chinese companies will have time to adapt to yuan changes and the bank reaffirmed a government policy of "gradualism" in exchange-rate reform. Increased yuan flexibility and "two-way movements" by the currency will aid management of the economy."
There is very little here to suggest a big appreciation. But there is a great deal here to suggest a nearby move in the internationalization of the yuan! The scope of conjecture that comes out of such a statement could point to many avenues of development, but all point to the arrival of the yuan on the international scene.
Why No Appreciation
The benefits, as argued in the media, could be beneficial, for sure. But all tend to look to the benefits that the States and other countries would enjoy, as a reason for such opinions. Now stand in Beijing and place yourself as head of potentially an economy equal to that of Europe and Asia put together. You have the potential for huge unrest inside this burgeoning economy as the poor 'have nots' look at the new 'haves' and want some of the action.
This is a fear of central government and one that they are acting on. They want development to spread right across China. They will harness all facets of their country to achieve these objectives. They do have considerably more power to reach this gold than any other government on earth. So when they say that they, "it is desirable to proceed further with reform of the yuan exchange rate regime and increase the yuan exchange rate flexibility. . ." We believe that there is far more to this than simply releasing the exchange rate. The pressure from the U.S. on the exchange rate will perhaps accelerate the process of internationalization of the yuan, but with it should come with a lot of downward pressure on the yuan.
Where Will the Gold Price, in the Yuan, Go Now?
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