What happened in Beijing? Here’s two theories on why the dollar dropped after Yellen’s visit

MarketWatch/Steve Goldstein/7-19-2023

“Kevin Muir, a former institutional trader that blogs at The Macro Tourist, said China didn’t like what they heard from Yellen so the country decided to send a message. ‘China has $3.2 trillion in FX reserves. Their biggest position will be the U.S. dollar and don’t think they will be shy about using it,’ he says.”

USAGOLD note: A long-held market fear resurfaces – China weaponizing its dollar reserves. It can sell or swap for gold or other currencies. It can continue to refrain from buying U.S. Treasures.

China US dollar reserves
bar chart showing China's foreign exchange reserves 2016 to present
Chart courtesy of Trading Economics

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