Four Salient Facts about the Chinese Yuan

© 2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School On February 23, 2017, just hours after his new Treasury secretary pledged a more methodical approach to analyzing Beijing's foreign exchange practices, President Donald Trump declared: "Well...I think they're grand champions at manipulation of currency. So I haven't held back.... We'll see what happens."  — Reuters Four Salient Facts: … Continue reading Four Salient Facts about the Chinese Yuan

Update: Is China a “currency manipulator”? Donald Trump says so

© 2016 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School This article is a 2016 update of a post published on November 16, 2015. It has also been published on The Conversation as “Does China manipulate its currency as Donald Trump claims?” on June 13, 2016. Subsequently, it was also picked up by USNews.com on June 22, 2016, as “Does … Continue reading Update: Is China a “currency manipulator”? Donald Trump says so

The Simple Math: How a Mere Quarter-Percent Interest Rate Hike Can Produce Big Swings on Bond Prices and Foreign Exchange Rates

© 2015 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers University Bah! Humbug! What can a mere quarter-percent hike in the Federal Reserve Bank’s interest rate do to markets? It seems so small a change as to be trivial. For two years prior to Janet Yellen’s appointment as Chair in January 2014, her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, and the business … Continue reading The Simple Math: How a Mere Quarter-Percent Interest Rate Hike Can Produce Big Swings on Bond Prices and Foreign Exchange Rates

Is China a “currency manipulator”? Donald Trump says so

© 2015 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers University After 20 years, the Chinese government must be used to it—being bashed by US politicians and Congress as a “currency manipulator.” Indeed, the exchange value of the yuan (or renminbi [RMB]) is fixed each morning by its central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), with a … Continue reading Is China a “currency manipulator”? Donald Trump says so