Friday, May 20, 2016

March saw global central banks dump dollars at a record clip

Since the middle of 2015, global central banks have been dumping Treasuries and other dollar reserves at record levels to accommodate a number of different needs within their own monetary policies.  For some like China, the dumping of dollars has helped the Far East economy protect their currency and ensure exports remain at the lowest costs achievable.  And for nations like Russia and Saudi Arabia, the selling of dollars has been a necessity to boost their budgets during the advent of low oil prices.
But perhaps the biggest reason behind the dumping of dollars en masse by central banks has been the rush out of the reserve currency, which is becoming less a requirement now that direct bi-lateral trade has returned to the global economy.


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