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China expands forex basket to dilute role of dollar

By cpowell
Created 2016-12-30 01:59

From Agence France-Presse
via The Times of India, Mumbai
Thursday, December 29, 2016

BEIJING -- China said Thursday it would almost double the number of foreign currencies it uses to determine the official value of the yuan, thereby diluting the role of the dollar.

The move to expand the foreign exchange basket used to set a daily reference rate for the yuan, or renminbi, will help Beijing shake off the weakness of the currency against the greenback and project an image of stability in the unit.

The dollar will see its prominence in the basket dented by the newcomers, with its share falling from 26.4 percent to 22.4 percent. It is followed by the euro at 16.34 percent.

Among the 11 currencies to join the 13 existing ones are the South Korean won, the South African rand, the Hungarian forint, the Turkish lira, and the Polish zloty, according to the Chinese Foreign Exchange Trade System, which is run by the central bank. ...

The expansion is designed to "strengthen the representativeness" of the basket and will come into force on January 1, it added. ...

... For the remainder of the report:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/business/china-ex... [1]



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