Venezuela Devalues Bolivar By Another 44% For Some, Still 600% Higher Than Black Market Due To 50% Inflation

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Less than a year ago, Venezuela shocked the world when it launched the "first nuke" in the ongoing currency wars (which despite having dropped off the front pages, have certainly not ended), by devaluing its currency, the Bolivar from 4.30 to the USD to 6.30, in the process crushing the profits of many companies that operate(d) in the TP-deprived socialist paradise (which as we reported earlier is about to experience food shortages).


Earlier today, Venezuela Oil Minister and Economy Vice President Rafael Ramirez announced on state television that the country just devalued the official Bolivar exchange rate again by another whopping 45%, for some.

Specifically, Venezuelans traveling abroad and airlines will use Sicad FX rate which was last 11.36 bolivars per dollar. Those spared from the most recent devaluation, for now, are students abroad, pensioners, retirees, consular and diplomatic services who will continue using 6.3 bolivars/USD rate. This follows comparable steps taken in late December, when the Bolivar was devalued by the same amount for any non-residents and tourists entering the nation, as the nation unrolled its centrally-planned currency regime in which the Bolivar is offered through a dollar-auction system called Sicad.

The WSJ reported at the time:

Venezuela earlier this year launched a dollar-auction system called Sicad where some importers and tourists could request hard currency at a rate weaker than the official exchange rate of 6.3 bolívares. The government never formally disclosed the exchange rate used in Sicad but local analysts and companies that have participated in the auctions say the rate is close to 12 bolívares per dollar.


Venezuela will increase usage of Sicad in 2014 and will deliver $5 billion into the local economy through the system, according to Mr. Ramirez.


Still, Wall Street analysts widely expect Venezuela to pull off a full-scale devaluation of its currency in the near-term, a move that would help the government shore up a its finances by capturing more in local-currency terms when it converts dollars earned through oil sales.

Indeed, the reason why today's move is largely meaningless and purely optical, is because there is still an 85% differential between the official rate, and what one can get for a dollar on the black market. Which as the chart below shows is substantially higher, and at last check was 78.38 Bolivars per dollar. Said otherwise, the brand new official exchange rate, which will soon be implemented for everyone, is still 590% higher than the real clearing price of the currency on the black market.

Curious why the currency is crashing so fast? Perhaps ask the 50% (and rising) annual inflation in the socialist paradise.

WSJ chimes in again:

"This new tourist rate is not as compelling as the black market, but it does represent a step in the right direction," Russ Dallen, a partner at Caracas Capital Markets, said in a note to clients.


"For my colleagues on Wall Street that come down to Venezuela, now supposedly when you use your U.S. credit cards for expenses, you will get billed at this 11.3 rate, not the 6.3 rate," Mr. Dallen added.

Sadly, for a government seeking to refill its coffers with much needed dollars in order to avoid what soon may be starvation as food distributors don't have dollars with which to pay their vendors, it will have to be far more generous in what it offers those who have the greenback, instead of continuing to encourage the use of the black market, where the money is simply hoarded by enterprising members of the population.

Oh, and for those confused, the reason why the Caracas stock exchange is the best performing stock market in the world in the past year...

... The answer is simple: follow the gray line showing the true "value" of the Bolivar.

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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:47 | 4356560 DoChenRollingBearing
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I wonder how much you could get for gold there?

Venezuela is a place where Bitcoin would be of great value.


Buy some gold!  Open a wallet at!

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:52 | 4356571 nope-1004
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Anything tangible would work - gold, guns, chickens, ammo....  Entire f'n world is sitting on the edge of the Bernanke cliff.  The asshole wants to print market perceptions, whereas reality and inflation is much more real.  Dumb f'n banker prick.

Yes, I'm mad.  I yearn for some semblance of reality, whereas credit and ZIRP are a fallacy but the cornerstone of todays economy.  And THAT, my friends, is why the Western economy is a total farce.


Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:55 | 4356598 Boris Alatovkrap
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Maggie Thatcher, Prime Minister of United Kingdom of British once say,

"Socialism is work nice until is run out of other people money"

Boris add, "or run out of printer ink."

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:58 | 4356611 walküre
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This has nothing to do with socialism and everything to do with a Jewish run monetary enslavement of the world. Same as it ever was. I don't pretend anylonger that I should be smarter than every generation before me who had their righteous beef with the moneychangers. They control it, they manipulate it and they will destroy all of us.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:02 | 4356627 kaiserhoff
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Abe should get his ass over to Venezuela, and see how some card carrying commies get the inflation thang done.

As Dr. Phil likes to say, "How's that working out for ya?"

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:27 | 4356718 zaphod
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After Venezuela's system falls and then Argentina's and then Japan's, anyone left holding a bag of useless dollars will have only themselves to blame when the dollar finally goes (but I am sure theKrugman and all other PhDs will claim no one could have foreseen the collapse)

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:37 | 4356759 Boris Alatovkrap
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Maybe solution is break more window in Venezuela for stimulation of local economy.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:55 | 4356811 zaphod
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Boris perhaps you are not aware of this, but this was essentially the US government's official policy a few years ago.

Remember "cash-for-clunkers"? It was a government "stimulus" that required dealerships to destroy perfectly usable cars by pouring glass into the engine to seal it. The idea was this would increase demand for car manufacturing. 

I'd argue breaking windows is less environmentally damaging that what the US did. 

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:32 | 4356910 Boris Alatovkrap
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Dear Mr. Beeblebrox,

Boris is no knowledge of "cash-for-clunker". Please illuminate. This is sound like fantastic economic plan for gross usurpation and waste of wealth and industry, is make Soviet era Politburo blush with inadequacy.



Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:06 | 4356640 Crawdaddy
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Not jewish - it is jesuit run monetary enslavement.

World Bank: Money Laundering Criminals | Interview with Whistleblower Karen Hudes

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:08 | 4356648 FreeMktFisherMN
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It's a combination of Zionists and the Vatican and skull and bones/masons. The Catholic church is the whore of Babylon. 

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:19 | 4356688 new game
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sense some serious pent up anger, wew, got some myself. now if we could direct it at the above aformentioned syndicates. hmmm. man oh man, don't know where go with cept ii all suck the big blackcock on wall street...

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:02 | 4356982 lakecity55
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Let's just agree it's a combination of real assholios!

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 23:02 | 4357745 Crawdaddy
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Yes it is and at least 9 people here would rather blame it on an easily picked on ethnicity rather than a system of belief comprised of voluntary members.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:06 | 4356834 walküre
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Rothschilds are Jews, not Jesuits. Their clan started the modern day paper currency game. 250+ years and going strong. America was built with it and is subsequently ruled by it / them when the Fed was created.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:26 | 4357055 Boris Alatovkrap
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Rothschild is not Jew, is not Jesuit, is Bower, Khazarian non-Jewish ethnicity. Ukrainian cossack is fight against Khaza since time memorial.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:54 | 4356601 walküre
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How comfortable do you feel holding cash in your house right now? Anywhere in the world for that matter. Notice how the bankers eliminated cash purchases for many vendors. Yes, the vendors are saying it's their own decision but c'mon we all know who controls the boards.

Venezuela is a good case example. They have oil. Lots of cheap oil compared to heavy land locked oil that requires fracking or the dreadful tar sands up North.

Why is Venezuela selling its oil for Dollars as opposed to taking gold? They're at the edge of a cliff anyway and could pull that card at this point in time to help end the currency debauchery by the Jews and the revaluation of real money for the benefit of everyone else.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:11 | 4356659 new game
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dude, i get vertigo just thinking about the edge! please not the edge!

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 19:36 | 4357081 economics9698
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If the president of Venezuela mentioned a gold or silver standard he would be dead in 24 hours.  The NYC assholes have controlled that country since 1973.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:29 | 4356725 NotApplicable
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Socialists are not allowed to speak of the specie, except in utter contempt.

Or for urinal design.


Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:35 | 4356747 Boris Alatovkrap
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Copper and beets.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:09 | 4356845 homiegot
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Lamborghinis and art.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 19:05 | 4360596 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is not understand... what is connection of pasta and art?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:12 | 4356850 homiegot
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:53 | 4356962 MisterMousePotato
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American Brilliant cut glass.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:35 | 4356744 Millivanilli
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Long ... toilet paper.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 20:17 | 4357194 Mugatu
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Venezualans actually use used cars as the major store of wealth.  Gold can be stolen and resold, but reselling cars with their accompanied size and VIN numbers is tougher.  The price for most used cars is actually higher than their new price right now.

In a lawless society, one must store their wealth in ways that are harder to steal and hide.  In Venezuela, Gold is too easy to steal, hide, and sell.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 19:08 | 4360605 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is once visit Caracus, political and commercial capitol of Venezuela. Many citizenry are live in house of stack brick and corrugated tin roof. Boris is not recommend put money in house as house is easy to steal, brick by brick.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:47 | 4356566 Shrapnel
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Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:12 | 4356653 hedgeless_horseman
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Cue everything on this list.

Item 2

Develop a basic mindset.  Here are some ideas.  Commit to prepare for zombies, so that currency collapse, EMP, hurricanes, revolution, world war, or anything else will seem relatively mild. 

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:22 | 4356701 Sudden Debt
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any real asset besides real estate would give them a edge

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:50 | 4356577 pods
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Sad that they just cannot put down the spade.

I am sure that the US had a hand back in Chavez' early days stirring the pot.  Now, I think they look and figure they cannot make it any worse.

Really sad that people double down on stupid.  


Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:56 | 4356606 Ignatius
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My bet would be that the CIA is still there working their magic.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 07:55 | 4358263 StandardDeviant
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Aw, hell, I don't know about the CIA, but +1 just for getting "there" and "their" correct.  It's refreshing to see; it really is.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:57 | 4359218 lasvegaspersona
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They're still doing that?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:54 | 4356599 Spungo
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Krugman's policies appear to be working in Venezuela. They hit that target inflation and then some.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:41 | 4356764 SeattleBruce
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Even as self focused as krugman is, do you think he'll take credit there?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 16:59 | 4356622 youngman
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Keep an eye on how people survive in this kind of an will be good to lean this it might be needed in the future...

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:09 | 4356843 XitSam
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Study Argentina

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 18:59 | 4356979 lakecity55
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......yeah, like maybe next week the way things are going.

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 13:04 | 4359250 lasvegaspersona
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Ferfal wrote a book on how the Argentinians survive. They have the most experience with shitty currency. The Bolivians, Mexicans, Romanians, Yugoslavs, Russians (and a few satelites) have a good deal too if you find one over age 30.

Of course when the dollar has its day the whole world will want to know the tricks of that trade.

'A whore in the bedroom is better than a dead baby in the crib'...old Weimar saying...

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:05 | 4356636 akak
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I bet Ben Bernanke is positively green with envy.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:06 | 4356637 Rising Sun
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Hey Krugman, how's this for socialist utopia?


Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:08 | 4356647 akak
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I hear he is quite favorable to the Venezuelan currency developments, but is still waiting to see more broken windows.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:43 | 4356770 SeattleBruce
Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:07 | 4356645 new game
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zimbozuela bitcheez

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:12 | 4356662 max2205
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Nflx must be listed on the Venz exchange

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:25 | 4356670 pashley1411
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What exactly is the difference between Venezuela, and, for example, Abenomics, or the Bernanke-ink-hose?   

Venezuelans who devalue the exchange value of their currency are, arguable, more realistic than the American or Japanese sheeple, who have yet to cotton on to how the currency in their wallets is a rapidly diminishing fiction.

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 21:19 | 4357428 SeattleBruce
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"more realistic" - except they think the USD have some inherent value.  Perhaps relatively speaking, and for a short while longer...

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 17:17 | 4356681 Jeepers Creepers
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Remeber, this is what the Pope wants.  A system of government that stamps out the gap between rich and poor.  Just look at what an Utopia has been created pursuing this noble goal.

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