China warns traders on bets against yuan
China's central bank pushed back against traders betting on a continued drop in its currency, the yuan, on Monday.
Background: The yuan last week slipped to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar since 2007.
- The currency's weakness is a symptom of growing concern about the ability of China's struggling economy to regain momentum.
- Betting against the yuan, essentially borrowing and then selling it to buy higher yielding investments in other currencies, has become a popular trade this year.
The latest: The People's Bank of China fired off a stern statement aimed at global currency traders after meeting on Monday with a PBOC-sponsored group of banks at the heart of foreign exchange trading in China.
- "We will not hesitate on taking actions when necessary to firmly correct the one-sided and pro-cyclical market moves, to resolutely address the actions which disturb market order, and to unswervingly avoid the overshooting risks in the exchange rate," the PBOC said in its statement.
- The central bank will now scrutinize large purchases of dollars, after a meeting with Chinese commercial banks over the weekend to discuss the issue, Reuters reports.