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By Eswar S. Prasad

In Gaining Currency, prime China student Eswar S. Prasad describes how the renminbi (RMB) is taking the area by way of typhoon and explains its position in reshaping worldwide finance.

This ebook units the hot upward push of the RMB, China's foreign money due to the fact 1949, opposed to a sweeping historic backdrop. China issued the world's first paper foreign money within the seventh century. within the thirteenth century, Kublai Khan issued the first-ever foreign money to stream generally regardless of now not being sponsored by way of commodities or worthwhile metals. China additionally skilled the various earliest episodes of hyperinflation forex wars.

Gaining Currency finds the interconnections linking China's growing to be monetary may, its increasing foreign effect, and the increase of its forex. If China performs its playing cards correct by way of adopting reforms that positioned its economic system and fiscal markets heading in the right direction, the RMB might rival even the euro and the japanese yen.

Prasad exhibits, even though, that whereas China has effectively followed a special playbook for selling the RMB, many pitfalls lie forward for its economic system and foreign money that can restrict the RMB's ascendance. The chinese language management is pursuing monetary liberalization and restricted market-oriented reforms, however it has unequivocally repudiated political, criminal, and institutional reforms. for that reason, Prasad argues, whereas the RMB is probably going to develop into an important reserve foreign money, it is going to no longer reach "safe haven" prestige as a foreign money to which traders flip in the course of crises. briefly, the hype predicting the RMB's inevitable upward push to international dominance is overblown.

Gaining Currency makes a compelling case that, for all its promise, the RMB doesn't pose a major problem to the U.S. dollar's dominance in foreign finance.

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THE FACE OF THE RENMINBI The first series of the currency consisted of denominations from 1 yuan up to 50,000 yuan. These large denominations became increasingly cumbersome for day-to-day use. In 1955, the new yuan, which was officially known as the RMB yuan, was introduced at the rate of 10,000 old yuan = 1 new yuan. This remains China’s currency to this day. At that time, smaller denominations of the currency also appeared. One yuan is divided into 10 jiao and 1 jiao is in turn divided into 10 fen.

I recall my PhD thesis supervisor at the University of Chicago, Robert Lucas, once mentioning in class that he often got exchange rates all mixed up. Lucas went on to win the Nobel Prize in economics in 1995, so how can the rest of us possibly hope to keep exchange rates straight? Lucas, of course, had his own elegant solution to the problem—writing a path-breaking academic paper on the subject so he could finally pin things down. Writing a path-breaking research paper is not a widely available option, so let us instead take a short detour into the world of currency dynamics and exchange rates before plunging ahead with our discussion of the RMB.

The Financial Times favors the use of renminbi over yuan by a six-to-one ratio. But Financial Times reporters seem to believe its readers are sophisticated enough to be able to shift back and forth between the two terms without further explanation. In this book, I take the pedantic middle road of using renminbi, which as I have noted is generally abbreviated to RMB, as the name of the currency, while nevertheless using yuan when the occasion demands it. S. dollar, and then there are the Australian and Canadian dollars.

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