SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ State owned Aramco cuts official selling price of its crude oil price to Asia & US ‘

#AceFinanceReport – Sept.07: Saudi Arabia has cut the official selling price for its light, medium and heavy crude oil grades in October to Asian customers.

State-owned oil company Saudi Aramco said in an emailed statement Thursday that light and heavy grades had been cut by 60 cents, while medium grade had been cut by 50 cents. The statement also noted that Aramco had reduced the price of all its grades to the US.

According to Bloomberg, Saudi Arabia reduced crude production in August to 10.5 million barrels per day, marking the first decline this year.

[WSJ,Bloomberg, 9/3/2015]

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EGYPT:’ May follow other countries like Kazakstan & Vietnam to depreciate their currency after China devalued the Yuan on August 11 ‘

#AceFinanceReport – Sept.07: Traders are convinced Egypt will not resist the pressure to weaken the pound for long.

The black market for dollars on Cairo’s streets has reemerged for the first time since April, signaling that investors and businesses are betting the pound’s official rate of 7.83 per dollar no longer represents its true value.

Egypt may follow nations such as Kazakhstan and Vietnam that were forced to depreciate their currencies after China’s yuan devaluation on August 11.

Egypt weakened its currency peg twice in 2015, most recently in July. The country cannot afford the loss of export competitiveness as it seeks to boost foreign-exchange holdings that have barely recovered since 2011.

The Central Bank’s decision to keep the pound’s dollar peg steady risks exacerbating an already widening trade deficit and turning away foreign investment.

[Bloomberg, 9/3/2015]

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DE-DOLLARISATION: ‘ Russia & China displacing the monopoly of the dollar ‘

#AceFinanceNews – Featured Report:Sept.07: The blooming economic partnership between Russia and China is bringing to life one of the US worst nightmares of the century – a gradual decline of dollar dominance in global trade, investments and payments, an author for the Turkish website T24 wrote.

A number of countries, especially Russian and China, are currently conducting a policy to shatter the dollar’s position as the global reserve currency, the author pointed out.For instance, Moscow and Beijing have been replacing dollar transactions with ruble and yuan ones in their trade since 2011.

In 2014, the central banks of Russia and China inked a $23.5-billion three-year swap agreement.

After the West imposed anti-Russian sanctions, Russia President Vladimir Putin said: “The use of ruble and yuan will weaken the role of US dollar.”

It is obvious that Russia and China are building up a sustainable alliance for global de-dollarization, and the US is certainly nervous, the article read.

The de-dollarization will give Russia and China easier access to capital markets and insulate them from financial manipulation by Washington, geopolitical analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya wrote in an article for the Strategic Culture Foundation.

“As the financial architecture of the world is being altered by China and Russia, the US dollar is gradually being neutralized as one of Washington’s weapon of choice,” Nazemroaya explained.

As the post-WWII US-dominated international monetary system is threatened, Washington is striking back with propaganda and financial wars against Russia and China, the author said.

“Wall Street should be worried about the economic problems at home in the US instead of trying to undermine China. The talk about the slowing down of the Chinese economy in part is distraction,” he wrote.

Last March, the Russian Central Bank sold nearly 20 percent of its $125 billion US treasuries holdings. China is also aggressively selling its US treasuries holding which currently exceed $1 trillion.

In August, China’s central bank put ruble into circulation in Suifenhe City, Heilongjiang Province, launching a pilot ruble-yuan program. Ruble was introduced to replace US dollar.

In the first half of 2015, Russia-China yuan-denominated payments reached $1.32 billion, according to the Chinese Central Bank.Recently, Russia drafted a bill aimed at eliminating dollar and euro payments in trade between CIS countries.

According to a Kremlin statement, the legislation “would help expand the use if national currencies in foreign trade payments and financial services and thus create preconditions for greater liquidity of domestic currency markets.”

Russian and China are increasingly trading in their national currencies to increase economic stability and reduce dependency on dollar and euro.

If the trend includes enough other countries the dollar strength will be significantly weakened and US imperial ambitions will be curbed, the article assumes.

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