China’s surprise currency move is more bad news for Canadian commodities
China’s surprise move to devalue its currency will likely mean more pain for the battered Canadian economy.
Stock markets in Canada and the United States fell sharply on the news that China had allowed the yuan to drop 2%.
China made the unexpected decision for two reasons, said Sherry Cooper, chief economist at Dominion Lending Centres: to attempt to breath life into China’s slowing economy and to position the country to be a reserve currency. To achieve that latter goal, China needs to lessen its iron control over its currency.