Westerners Should “Be Very Afraid” of Friday’s Chinese Yuan-IMF Decision
By MONEY MORNING STAFF REPORTS, Money Morning • November 17, 2015
The Chinese yuan was just awarded reserve currency status. This was the precise event former Wall Street banker Evander Smart warned of in September:
“If you live in the West, and this goes down, be afraid, be very afraid,”.
“The world is starting to prepare for life without the dollar and westerners should, too!”
On Friday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommended the yuan, also known as the renminbi, to be included in its $280 billion basket of currency reserves known as Special Drawing Rights (SDR). The Chinese yuan-IMF decision places the currency alongside the U.S. dollar, the Japanese yen, the British pound, and the euro.
Inclusion becomes official at the end of the month on Nov. 30, according to French news service AFP.
As an SDR world reserve currency, the Chinese yuan is now legitimized as a serious competitor to the U.S. dollar.
Here’s what you need to know…
Chinese Yuan-IMF Decision: Times Are Changing for the Dollar
The U.S. dollar’s favoured status as a world reserve currency has long churned up demand – as a global benchmark, other countries use the USD for international trade. The effect has propped up the dollar.
But increasingly there’s another global currency option for trade – the yuan.
“Times have changed, and the shoe is on the other foot. America – land of perpetual warfare – is swimming in $18 trillion in national debt,” Smart wrote. “The U.S. owes almost $3 trillion to just Japan and China alone as it prints about $696 million per day. According to the IMF or the world’s loan shark, China has even passed the U.S. as the world’s largest economy.”
Smart continues, “Over the last several years, many countries, especially in East Asia, have stopped using the U.S. dollar for trading purposes. These are called ‘bilateral trade agreements,’ and they’re becoming as popular as cat videos on YouTube.”
He notes that more and more, countries are instead opting for the Chinese yuan…
“Countries are trading so much yuan that it has become the second most used currency in the world, passing the euro in 2013 whereas ten years ago, it wasn’t even considered tradable.”
The yuan’s up-and-coming status was further legitimized by the IMF’s decision on Friday. The move places U.S. currency under increased threat.
“What does this mean for the U.S. and dollar values?” Smart posed. “Nothing good; we are witnessing China dumping almost $100 billion in U.S. Treasuries, financial centres like Toronto, London, and New York dealing directly in Chinese yuan, and China opening their own financial support organizations like the BRICS Development Banks and the AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) to work around the IMF and World Bank.”
Smart notes the rest of the world, eager to wean off the dollar, will think favourably of the Chinese yuan-IMF decision.
“The world sees the handwriting on the wall. China is the economic future, and you’re either on board or you are on the Titanic with the U.S… The smart money is moving out of the U.S. dollar, which has been slowly happening over the last decade.”