The question of whether the yuan could challenge the dollar as the world’s dominant reserve currency is not exactly a new one. China’s emergence as the world’s largest trading nation, coupled with ballooning U.S. public debt, has only served to increase the frequency of its asking. But the recent performance of both the Chinese economy and its currency have put a damper on that talk of late: amid slowing economic growth and its own increasing debt, the yuan has slid 3.2 percent against the dollar so far this year.
Last week was an excellent test for the overall bull market. While data out of China pointed to decelerating growth, US equities held up surprisingly well. High oil continues to be a challenge, but except for a few key sectors like Airlines, the broad economy still seems to be humming along.
Beijing (AFP) - China's central bank on Friday unexpectedly cut benchmark interest rates for the first time in more than two years, as authorities seek to prop up flagging growth in the world's second-largest economy.
The last time global equity markets were falling at this pace (on a growth scare) was the fall of 2011. That time, after a big push lower, November saw a mass co-ordinated easing by central banks to save the world... stock jumped, the global economy spurted into action briefly, and all was well.
Small and mid-sized firms in China have been hit harder by the weakening economy compared to large corporations. According to Shankar Sharma, India has successfully managed to retain its balance and to stimulate economy growth. Goldman Sachs downgraded its rating on Indian stocks to “underweight”. Following a six-day consecutive declines the BSE benchmark Sensex managed to erase all losses by gaining 179 points.
China has entertained the threat of nuclear strikes against west coast cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle, the annual 2014 congressional report from the US China Economic and Security Review Commission states.
The holiday week saw the dollar consolidate against most of the major currencies. The yen was the main exception as its losses were extended under the aggressive signals coming from the new Japanese government.