Yuan Dumps, Bitcoin Jumps As China Researchers Suggest "One-Off Devaluation" & Capital Controls

Posted on by Timothy Hare

As we have detailed numerous times recently, the recent move in Bitcoin has been strongly suggesting increasing fears of capital controls and/or expectations of a looming (and quite notable) devaluation of the Yuan against the US Dollar. Tonight saw China's largest nationalist tabloid suggesting that China should consider one-off yuan devaluation to keep the currency stable at equilibrium level. Offshore Yuan is tumbling – to new record lows.

As we noted earlier, a quick look at the uncanny correlation between the decline in the Yuan and the rise in the bitcoin, confirms that the digital currency has indeed been largely used to evade capital controls. 

Based on this chart alone, the recent surge in Bitcoin would imply that a substantial devaluation of the yuan is looming. That, or even more aggressive capital controls.

And tonight, researchers with State Information Center led by Zhu Baoliang wrote in an article published on Shanghai Securities News, that China should consider one-off yuan devaluation to keep the currency stable at equilibrium level and suggest capital controls and as well as what seems like a reference to "virtual currency"…

…the effect of monetary policy continues to weaken. After repeatedly cut interest rates, lowering after registration, our short futures money market interest rates have dropped to about 2.2%, in the history of a relatively low level. Money supply growth rate far exceeds the rate of economic growth, social capital is abundant. But because of the lack of investment opportunities, more funds through the state-owned enterprises and financing platform to invest in less efficient infrastructure, or real estate, or idle in the virtual economy. Capital continues to off real to the virtual, will breed all kinds of asset bubbles, a huge impact on financial stability. At the same time, state-owned enterprises, financing platforms, real estate and other sectors and industries a large number of financing, but also pushed up the financing costs of financial markets, private enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises to reduce the financing cost is not large, thus out of private investment.

 

 

It is suggested that the total social financing and broad money growth should be about 12%, and maintain a reasonable and reasonable liquidity scale. The second is to further improve the RMB exchange rate market-oriented level, and enhance the flexibility of the RMB exchange rate, or even a one-time devaluation of the renminbi, so as to maintain the stability of the RMB in the equilibrium level.

 

At the same time, the proper control of foreign exchange outflow, the state-owned enterprises in overseas real estate, antiques, teams and other non-substantive, non-technical M & A activities to be strictly limited. Third, closely tracking study American influence elected president's economic policies on China, the foreign exchange market volatility and prevent cross-border capital outflows triggered massive financial risk domestic bond market, the real estate market.

And for now the reaction is offshore Yuan selling to record lows…

 

And Bitcoin (in China) surging very close to record highs…

 

7,588 Yuan per Bitcoin in the record high and volume in this most recent surge is dramatically higher. But as we noted earlier, for those buying into bitcoin here on the momentum, most of which originates in China, we urge readers to be cautious as by now the PBOC has certainly noticed that the digital currency remains one of the final, and most successful, means of bypassing capital controls in China. Should Beijing mandate that bitcoin no longer be a means to illegally transfer capital offshore, there is risk of a dramatic, and sharp, drop in its price.


Source: zero hedge

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