The inclusion of the Chinese yuan in the IMF basket of reserve currencies will lead to significant shifts in the international monetary system, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) wrote.
The currency basket will look as follows:
US Dollar 41.73% (previously 41.9%)
Euro 30.93% (previously 37.4%)
Yen 8.33% (previously 9.4%)
Pound 8.09% (previously 11.3%)
The move may lead to serious upheavals in the financial system, the article said.
With a future 10.9 percent in the IMF currency basket, China will become the third important currency in the world. At the same time, the proportion of the euro will reduce from 37.4 to 30 percent, posing a real change to the currency market for the first time in 16 years.
According to representative of the Standard Chartered Bank Jukka Pihlman, China will witness a capital inflow of up to $1.1 billion dollars as a result of the yuan’s inclusion in the IMF basket. Central banks, state funds and multilateral institutions will absorb the currency in their reserves.
Six of the ten largest central banks around the world have so far refused to invest in the Chinese interbank bond market. However, once the yuan is tightly integrated in the currency basket, some central bankers will reconsider their decision in this regard, Pihlman told FT earlier.
China has successfully used a long-term, inconspicuous strategy to become a major power in the world economy. The fact that the IMF added the yuan, the Chinese currency, into its basket of reserve currencies is more evidence of China’s increasing visibility in US-dominated financial institutions.