China ‘sacrificed’ equity market to sever dollar link, says GaveKal founder
HONG KONG: The desire to internationalise the RMB is the single most important macro development currently unfolding, says Louis-Vincent Gave.
by Amy Williams on Dec 05, 2012 at 10:04
The dire performance of the Chinese equity market over the past three years can be explained by one giant aim: to wean the world’s second largest economy off US dollars, according to Louis-Vincent Gave, founding partner and CEO of GaveKal Research.
Speaking at Citywire’s inaugural fund selector forum in Hong Kong the Frenchman declared: ‘We here in Asia will cut the dependency link to the US dollar.’
He said China’s desire to internationalise the RMB is the single most important macro development currently unfolding but believes far too few people are paying attention to it.
With the RMB market now growing by $3-5 billion a month, Gave likened the situation to the emergence of the deutschmark in the seventies for Europe to trade in.
‘Two years ago 0% of China’s imports were settled in RMB, today 13% are settled in Chinese currency.’
Reaching this point has however caused other parts of the economy to suffer.
‘Nobody saves in a weak currency so for the past year and a half the Chinese government has sacrificed the equity market to ensure the stability of the credit and currency markets.’
‘Selling Chinese socks for US dollars - that’s no longer where we want to be. Our future is selling telecoms to India, roads to Africa and the renminbi is helping to develop that at warp speed.’
Turning his attention to currency issues in Europe, Gave said the story remains a troubling one.
‘The euro was supposed to bring harmonisation but it is doing the exact opposite.’
‘Today Germany is in the same situation as China was in the mid 2000’s. Year-on-year growth is the best it’s been for thirty years but it is stuck in a monetary policy trap that is inadequate for its domestic economy and will guarantee a real estate bubble and increased labour costs.’
But for Gave, the biggest negative in Europe is ‘undeniably’ France.
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