China Raises Benchmark Rate By 25 bps

China has raised its key interest rate by 25 bps, marking only the first time it has done so since announcing it has recovered from the global crisis. Undoubtedly, this is its response to not being labeled a currency manipulator. However, as the US will most likely never raise rates again, and with the Yuan still pegged to the dollar, unlike in a typical recovery, where this would signal the elimination of excess liquidity in an attempt to prevent inflation, this time it is a largely symbolic move. Nonetheless, this will put some serious pressure on Chinese stock markets, on the US futures, and will be very "positive" for the dollar, which ironically defeats the whole point of the exercise.

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