Monday 20 November 2017

IMF approves reserve currency status for Yuan

A vendor holds Chinese yuan notes at a market in Beijing
A vendor holds Chinese yuan notes at a market in Beijing

Andrew Mayeda

The International Monetary Fund will add the yuan to its basket of reserve currencies, an international stamp of approval of the progress China has made integrating into a global economic system dominated for decades by the US, Europe and Japan.

The IMF's executive board, which represents the fund's 188 member nations, decided the yuan meets the standard of being "freely usable" and will join the dollar, euro, pound and yen in its Special Drawing Rights basket, the organisation said yesterday in a statement.

Approval was expected after IMF managing director Christine Lagarde announced last month that her staff recommended inclusion, a position she supported.

The addition will take effect from the start of October 2016, the IMF said. The fund didn't specify a weighting in the initial statement; in a preliminary report in July, IMF staff estimated the yuan would have a weight of about 14pc to 16pc. The IMF reviews the composition of the basket every five years. The fund rejected the yuan for inclusion during the last review, in 2010, saying the currency didn't meet the necessary criteria.

Irish Independent

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