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China Risks Eroding Confidence in Currency – Benjamin Fuchs

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  • Trader Who Bet on Gradual Yuan Decline Now Sees Steeper Drop

Last year, Benjamin Fuchs’s $2 billion hedge fund prospered by betting against a sudden yuan devaluation. Now, he says forces are lining up that are increasing the odds of steep declines.

By repeatedly tightening capital controls, China risks eroding confidence in its currency, said Fuchs, chief investment officer at BFAM Partners (Hong Kong). At the same time, the dollar’s advance against the yen and other currencies is increasing competitive pressure on China to let the yuan depreciate, he said in an interview.

China’s August 2015 devaluation threw global markets into turmoil and triggered a surge in wagers a follow-on move was imminent. BFAM’s bet that yuan weakening would be more gradual helped power the fund to an estimated 17.5 percent gain last year, said a person with knowledge of the matter. Now, however, the increased pressure on Beijing to allow bigger exchange-rate moves is partly self-inflicted, according to Fuchs.

“We’re starting to see more and more of a negative cycle being created potentially by China itself with aggressive capital controls,“ said Fuchs, a former Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. trader. China’s attempts to curb outflows are “just making people want to take money out quicker, and make companies change their behavior.”

Yuan Bounce

Seeking to fight off yuan bears, Chinese authorities in the past week have taken steps to support the exchange rate, including encouraging state-owned enterprises to sell foreign currencies, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The yuan gained 1 percent on Thursday in Hong Kong, capping the biggest two-day advance in data going back to 2010. Meanwhile, a jump in the overnight deposit rate in the city made bearish yuan trades more costly.

Pinpoint Asset Management, a $1.5 billion Hong Kong-based hedge fund firm, expects the recent yuan surge to be short-lived, forecasting a 3 percent to 5 percent annual decline over the next three years, Jennifer Wong, its managing director of investor relations, said in an interview. Pinpoint’s China fund rose 2.6 percent last year.

The offshore yuan exchange rate fell 0.5 percent to 6.8224 a dollar as of 11:06 a.m. in Hong Kong Friday.

Donald Trump’s election as the next U.S. president in November has fanned anticipation of increased fiscal spending and tax cuts, driving a dollar rally. Meanwhile, as China’s capital outflows have approached $1.7 trillion since the start of 2015, according to Bloomberg Intelligence estimates, Chinese policymakers have made it harder for local firms to buy overseas assets and take the yuan offshore. They have also repeatedly tightened curbs on citizens’ ability to move money abroad.

Hard Landing

Some investors were betting on a large yuan devaluation last year as concern mounted the Chinese economy was headed for a hard landing. BFAM has made money taking the opposite side of the most bearish wagers, anticipating a more gradual depreciation. The yuan slid 6.5 percent against the greenback in the onshore market and 5.8 percent offshore last year.

Fuchs’s trades have made BFAM a standout among Asia’s hedge funds, who eked out an average 1.1 percent gain last year, according to preliminary data from Singapore-based Eurekahedge. BFAM returned 11 percent in 2015. Fuchs declined to comment on fund performance.

The yen has tumbled 8.6 percent since the U.S. election, while the yuan has slipped 1.2 percent onshore and is little changed offshore. The Korean won weakened more than 3 percent and the Malaysian ringgit depreciated 5.5 percent.

Fuchs expects long-term dollar-interest rates to rise much faster than short-term rates over the coming years, a phenomenon known as a steepening yield curve. As the Federal Reserve accelerates the pace of rate increases, that could put pressure on commercial real estate, he said. Life insurers and pension funds that have invested heavily in commercial property, as well as banks that lend to such projects, may get squeezed because rents won’t rise quickly enough to compensate for higher long-term interest rates, according to Fuchs.

Is the CEO/Founder of Investors King Limited. A proven foreign exchange research analyst and a published author on Yahoo Finance, Businessinsider, Nasdaq, Entrepreneur.com, Investorplace, and many more. He has over two decades of experience in global financial markets.

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Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate Today 13th June 2024

The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of June 13th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,490.

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The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of June 13th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,490.

Recent data from Bureau De Change (BDC) reveals that buyers in the Lagos Parallel Market purchased a dollar for ₦1,480 and sold it at ₦1,470 on Wednesday, June 12th, 2024.

This indicates a slight decline in the Naira exchange rate value when compared to today’s rate.

The black market rate plays a crucial role for investors and participants, offering a real-time reflection of currency dynamics outside official or regulated exchange channels.

Monitoring these rates provides insights into the immediate value of the Naira against the dollar, guiding decision-making processes for individuals and businesses alike.

It’s important to note that while the black market offers valuable insights, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not officially recognize its existence.

The CBN advises individuals engaging in forex transactions to utilize official banking channels, emphasizing the importance of compliance with regulatory frameworks.

How much is dollar to naira today in the black market

For those navigating the currency exchange landscape, here are the latest figures for the black market exchange rate:

  • Buying Rate: ₦1,490
  • Selling Rate: ₦1,480

As economic conditions continue to evolve, staying informed about currency exchange rates empowers individuals to make informed financial decisions. While the black market provides immediate insights, adherence to regulatory guidelines ensures stability and transparency in forex transactions.

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Black Market Dollar to Naira Exchange Rate Today 12th June 2024

The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of June 12th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,480.

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The black market, also known as the parallel market or Aboki fx, US dollar to Nigerian Naira exchange rate as of June 12th, 2024 stood at 1 USD to ₦1,480.

Recent data from Bureau De Change (BDC) reveals that buyers in the Lagos Parallel Market purchased a dollar for ₦1,500 and sold it at ₦1,490 on Thursday, June 6th, 2024.

This indicates an improvement in the Naira exchange rate value when compared to today’s rate.

The black market rate plays a crucial role for investors and participants, offering a real-time reflection of currency dynamics outside official or regulated exchange channels.

Monitoring these rates provides insights into the immediate value of the Naira against the dollar, guiding decision-making processes for individuals and businesses alike.

It’s important to note that while the black market offers valuable insights, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) does not officially recognize its existence.

The CBN advises individuals engaging in forex transactions to utilize official banking channels, emphasizing the importance of compliance with regulatory frameworks.

How much is dollar to naira today in the black market

For those navigating the currency exchange landscape, here are the latest figures for the black market exchange rate:

  • Buying Rate: ₦1,480
  • Selling Rate: ₦1,470

As economic conditions continue to evolve, staying informed about currency exchange rates empowers individuals to make informed financial decisions. While the black market provides immediate insights, adherence to regulatory guidelines ensures stability and transparency in forex transactions.

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Cedi Falls to Record Low Due to Increased Dollar Demand from Importers

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The Ghanaian cedi has plummeted to a record low of 14.9335 per dollar as the increase in demand for US dollars by companies importing fuel, pharmaceuticals, and other fast-moving consumer goods put pressure on the currency.

This depreciation, observed by the close of trading in Accra, marks the cedi’s lowest level since at least 1994 when Bloomberg began tracking the data.

Since the start of the year, the cedi has declined by 20% against the US dollar, ranking it as the fourth-worst performing currency among approximately 150 tracked globally by Bloomberg, following the Egyptian pound, Nigerian naira, and Lebanese pound.

“Dollar demand from oil importers, the pharmaceuticals industry, and FMCG companies remains strong,” noted Samantha Singh-Jami, Africa Strategist at Rand Merchant Bank. “Although authorities have significantly increased foreign exchange reserves in recent months, there are still constraints on foreign exchange liquidity in the market.”

Ghana’s gross international reserves rose to $6.6 billion in April, the highest in over 19 months, as per data compiled by Bloomberg.

The central bank has been strategically managing these reserves to ensure sufficient market supply, including directly addressing some companies’ foreign exchange needs to alleviate the pressure on commercial banks.

This increase in reserves follows Ghana’s decision to halt servicing most of its external debt since December 2022.

The move was part of a debt restructuring effort to qualify for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) program. Disbursements from the $3 billion IMF package and inflows from other multilateral and bilateral sources have bolstered the reserves.

However, the cedi’s decline is also attributed to a significant drop in cocoa export revenue, which has diminished foreign exchange supply. Revenue from cocoa shipments fell by 49% to $599 million from January through April.

The country’s cocoa output for the 2023-24 season is projected to be between 422,500 and 425,000 tons, which is only half of the initial estimate.

“The weakening of the cedi seems to reflect foreign exchange flow mismatches,” said Samir Gadio, head of Africa Strategy at Standard Chartered Bank. “Foreign exchange demand recovered this year, though it has remained broadly constant in recent months, and continues to exceed supply.”

The combination of high demand for dollars by importers and reduced foreign exchange inflows has created a challenging environment for the cedi.

Despite efforts by the central bank to manage the situation, the currency continues to struggle under the weight of these economic pressures.

Economic Outlook

The Ghanaian government and central bank face a tough task in stabilizing the cedi amidst these challenges.

Ensuring adequate foreign exchange liquidity while addressing the structural issues in the economy, such as reliance on imports and fluctuating export revenues, will be crucial in reversing the cedi’s downward trend.

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