On Aug. 19, the IMF announced that they were delaying the decision to include the Chinese Yuan (RMB) into the SDR basket of currencies for at least one year, or until Sep. 30, 2016. The decision to exclude the Yuan in next year’s basket content was determined a week ago, but the announcement to go forward with allowing China to stabilize and strengthen its currency was only released today.
IMF executive board extends current composition of its Special Drawing Rights for nine months until Sept. 30, 2016.
IMF staff had recommended extending the current basket, which was due to expire Dec. 31, to minimize disruption if yuan added.
Board decision gives SDR users “sufficient lead time to adjust in the event that a decision were to be taken to add a new currency to the SDR basket”