The Changing Fortunes of the Renminbi and the Dollar

The Changing Fortunes of the Renminbi and the Dollar

Photo Last fall the International Monetary Fund announced that China’s currency, the renminbi, would be included in the basket of currencies that determine the value of the IMF’s reserve asset, the Special Drawing Right (SDR). The IMF’s statement appeared to confirm the rise in the status of the currency that could at some point serve as an […]

Will Sovereign Wealth Funds Go Green?

Will Sovereign Wealth Funds Go Green?

Source Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) currently have a very limited role in climate finance and green investment, reportedly below the average for institutional investors. According to the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP), which evaluates institutional investors on the basis of their low-carbon performance, five of the 10 lowest-rated large investment funds were SWFs. However, the […]

Fishing for a Bottom to Dollar-Yen

Fishing for a Bottom to Dollar-Yen

photo: faungg Since the initial spike higher when the BOJ provided some operational tweaks to its asset purchase program on December 18, the dollar has fallen 5.6% against the yen through Tuesday’s low near JPY116.70.  We had warned that the break of JPY120 would spur a move to JPY118, and the move below JPY118 targeted the August low near JPY116.20. While […]

The Impact of ‘Currency Wars’ in Oil-Exporting Africa

The Impact of ‘Currency Wars’ in Oil-Exporting Africa

Since lower oil prices typically result in depreciation of the oil exporters’ currencies, the dramatic plunge of oil prices has severe implications for sub-Saharan Africa. After the global financial crisis, many emerging economies have coped with diminished global growth prospects by deploying direct government intervention and capital controls for competitive devaluation. In turn, advanced economies […]