Venezuela Launches First Nuke In Currency Wars, Devalues Currency By 46%

Tyler Durden's picture

While the rest of the developed world is scrambling here and there, politely prodding its central bankers to destroy their relative currencies, all the while naming said devaluation assorted names, "quantitative easing" being the most popular, here comes Venezuela and shows the banana republics of the developed world what lobbing a nuclear bomb into a currency war knife fight looks like:


And that, ladies and gents of Caracas, is how you just lost 46% of your purchasing power, unless of course your fiat was in gold and silver, which just jumped by about 46%. And, in case there is confusion, this is in process, and coming soon to every "developed world" banana republic near you.


and just as we (and Kyle Bass) have warned - this is what happens to the nominal price of a stock market as currency wars escalate... how do those US investors who flooded Venezuela with cash feel now? bringing back those VEF gains is going to hurt...

The chart above is a free lesson in nominal vs real: the hardest lesson for some 99.9% of the world's population to grasp. One person who certainly knows how to devalue a currency in real terms FDR, whose 70% devaluation of the USD courtesy of executive order 6102, is merely an appetizer of what is about to be unleashed upon the US.

From Bloomberg:

Venezuela devalued its currency for the fifth time in nine years as ailing President Hugo Chavez seeks to narrow a widening fiscal gap and reduce a shortage of dollars in the economy.


The government will weaken the exchange rate by 32 percent to 6.3 bolivars per dollar, Finance Minister Jorge Giordani told reporters today in Caracas. The government will keep the currency at 4.3 per dollar for some products, he said.


A spending spree that almost tripled the government’s fiscal deficit last year helped Chavez win his third term. Chavez ordered the devaluation from Cuba, where he is recovering from cancer surgery, Giordani said. Venezuela’s fiscal deficit widened to 11 percent of gross domestic product last year from 4 percent in 2011, according to Moody’s Investors Service.


The move can help narrow the budget deficit by increasing the amount of bolivars the government gets from taxes on oil exports. While a weaker currency may fuel annual inflation of 22 percent, it may ease shortages of goods ranging from toilet papers to cars.


In the black market, the bolivar is trading at 18.4 per dollar, according to Lechuga Verde, a website that tracks the rate. Venezuelans use the unregulated credit market because the central bank doesn’t supply enough dollar at the official rates to meet demand.

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Non Passaran's picture

Yes, and their rules say that paper is now 46% (or whatever %) cheaper. 

So the local dicator basically decided your PM holidings are more valuable.

There's nothing to not like about that.

Snoopy the Economist's picture

Let's see...

When you sell your gold you need to pay all those taxes on the big money you just made on that investment....

and you get paid back in devalued currency - so that was a great deal!

Snoopy the Economist's picture

Let's see...

When you sell your gold you need to pay all those taxes on the big money you just made on that investment....

and you get paid back in devalued currency - so that was a great deal!

JuliaS's picture

Take that, Japan!

jomama's picture

what this tells me is that i should get loans on a new car and new house, watch the currency tank, and pay them off with my then sky-high stack!

drivenZ's picture

there are official FX rates and then there are real FX rates. This is an official FX rate change. The real FX rate has been way higher(lower) than 6.30 for some time now. So no, the people didnt lose 46% overnight they already lost it and then some.  

surf0766's picture

How does this affect crude prices?

Iconoclast's picture

oil bitchez, they have it therefore they win. Quicker/cheaper route for the USA to take it off them rather than heading off to the M.E. though, can't understand why anyone in the past few administrations hasn't introduced a form of helicoptered in democracy, too close to home, fear of reprisals?

A. Magnus's picture

No, the Chinese told Washington in no uncertain terms that they will cut our naval supply lines at the Panama canal (which they now run) and they will crash our bond market overnight if Chavez's oil gravy train gets fucked with in any way. The dick-sucking cock bites in DC are pussies when it comes to making war with ANY country that can actually fight back...

Non Passaran's picture

Now please explain how would the "crashed" US bond market hurt the US.  The Fed can keep buying bonds for another 5 years without any problem.

While you're at it, also explain how would a "crashed" US bond market be useful to China.


You're a great comedian.

helping_friendly_book's picture

easy. Start selling US bonds on the secondary market for much less and drive yields up. US will crash instantly as everyone runs for the f-ing exit.

Common_Cents22's picture

so you would sell out your portfolio at big losses to prove a point?

moonstears's picture

I think China maybe uses US T-bills a colladeral to borrow, to buy,... oh, African mines, oilfields, and Canadian mines, oilfield interest(see pipeline Obama squashed) etc.

syntaxterror's picture

Bernanke devalued by 46% too. Big fucking deal.

Dr. No's picture

I think the offical number is 97% since the FED was at the switch.

Strange-Currencies's picture

So Venezuela devalues... Is that a big deal?  Is that front-page news?  Doubt it.  PDVSA does not sell its oil for bolivars, or whatever they call their funny money.  It sells it for dollars.  So what's the big deal, ZH?  Unless some of you guys are Venezolanos, in that case I feel for you.


Kaiser Sousa's picture

"Well Mr. Chairman....get to work...."

Dr. No's picture

The one advantage the FED has is the print controls are manned by private sector.  Insomuch as it is predicatable the devaluation of the USD will be slow and steady in order to line the pockets of the private share holders.  This is the "lesser evil" of a government controlled currency printing press which is turned on and speed adjusted accrording to the political winds of dancing with the stars.

gringo28's picture

It's a 31% devaluation; not a 46% devaluation.

Dr. Engali's picture

You're backwards on your math. You divide the difference from where you began,not where you ended up.

ziggy59's picture

Delta = 2
2/4.3 x 100= 46.5%

machineh's picture

Old rate: (1 dollar / 4.3 bolivars) = US $0.2325

New rate: (1 dollar / 6.3 bolivars) =US $0.1587

New bolivar USD value of $0.1587 is 68.26% of its old USD value of $0.2325, or 31.74% less.

If you're counting in dollars, and I am.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

this from the country that repatriated it's gold devaluation first..who will follow or defacto devalue well that's a long magic making everyones labor a negative value, except those tbtf and central banksters..get a job with the FED or some abc agency in DC. you will be protected, otherwise good luck.

Banksters's picture

Stay away from bankers, you are putty in their hands.

ziggy59's picture

They waited to get their gold first.. Then WHAM!

Non Passaran's picture

What difference does it make what was done first?

Dr. Engali's picture

How long before Japan finally decides to bite the bullet and devalue by 200% ?

Yen Cross's picture

 Dr. E. I'm not so sure how good you are at reading charts.  usd/jpy is on hold. Abe has been warned.

rubearish10's picture

Nope. Japan alresdy declared the Yen has fallen too much. "So it is written, so it will be truth".

Yen Cross's picture

Think before you comment. Ed;

secret_sam's picture

How would they devalue by 200%?  Pay you to take their yen?

Inthemix96's picture

This shit is better than real life.......

Hang on a minute..........

Fuck it, never mind?

Colonial Intent's picture


Painting by numbers?

China was one press of a button away from war with japan.

Unprepared's picture

**** BREAKING ****


B.Shalom.B announced that he's devaluing the USD by 40% against the USD.

hooligan2009's picture


Meat Hammer's picture

The timing of all of the recent events just seems a bit.....coordinated.

rubearish10's picture

Things are not what they seem. Nobody knows nottin'!

waterwitch's picture

So did the Iranian finance minister who tried to bring in 300 M bolivar check into Iran and got knabbed, know anything about this? :D

So much for front running (literally):

fuu's picture

It was into Germany.

azengrcat's picture

So you're saying they created 1.85 times more wealth?

Dr. Engali's picture

Where is Whiteshadowmovement? this is why you hold precious metals as part of your portfolio.

Spastica Rex's picture

Doc -

More noise, or is this really interesting?

Dr. Engali's picture

Right now it's just noise, but it's the inevitable path of all debt ridden fiat currencies.

Whiteshadowmovement's picture

Hey doc, i think my comment here would be that we need to context what they are devaluing against: namely the usd. As long as you have dollar supremacy (by the way do you know the fofoa article i referenced) and beranke is in control of markets, im just saying it wouldnt be a shocker if paper gold is the one hard asset that underperforms most others, and that through protracted attacks on market psychology, bernanke could eventually keep it there, which would bleec into the bullion market over time. See ya monday guys