Chinese Yuan: 'Manipulated' Does NOT Mean 'Unpredictable'

By: Elliott Wave International | Wed, Jan 4, 2017
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"...markets are bigger than governments."

This year's U.S. presidential election brought into focus one market you don't hear about often: the Chinese yuan, or renminbi.

"Donald Trump has been telling us all for a long time now that China is a currency manipulator. It's part of his plan for his first 100 days in office to get on with making sure that China is legally declared to be such a currency manipulator and thus start the process of doing something about it.

"The problem with this is that China really is a currency manipulator. But they're manipulating the value of the yuan up, not down. Thus returning it to the correct free market value isn't going to have the desired effect of closing America's trade deficit with China." (Forbes, Nov. 13.)

However things shake out with China under the new White House administration, let's look closer at the basic premise of this argument -- namely, that China's government manipulates the currency.

By definition, market manipulation means stopping the free-market forces from doing what they do best: setting a fair value of an asset that suits both the buyer and the seller. It also implies that the manipulated market is no longer predictable using trend indicators you would apply to other, freely-traded assets.

So, does this mean that the yuan has been unpredictable?

You be the judge.

Below, you see a chart of the yuan vs. U.S. dollar exchange rate going back to 2014.

The arrows on this chart show you the timing of 15 yuan forecasts subscribers saw over the past two years in our Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday Asian-Pacific Short Term Update, edited by Chris Carolan. 

YUAN per US$ (Offshore)
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So, what should we make of this brief history?

It's best summarized by this quote from Chris Carolan's Asian-Pacific Short Term Update:

"The [dollar/yuan] rate is pegged by the Chinese government, though it is subject to market pressures.

"...markets are bigger than governments."

 


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Robert Prechter, Chartered Market Technician, is the founder and CEO of Elliott Wave International, author of Wall Street best-sellers Conquer the Crash and Elliott Wave Principle and editor of The Elliott Wave Theorist monthly market letter since 1979.

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