Status of U.S. Dollar as Global Reserve Currency v. Euro, Yen, Chinese Renminbi, & Others

by Wolf Richter
Wolf Street

Latest data is out. Folks who hoped the Renminbi would break the dollar hegemony have to be very patient.

The US economy and financial system – including being able to maintain and fund the gargantuan trade deficits and fiscal deficits – has become reliant on the dollar being the dominant global reserve currency. And the IMF just released its next installment on how this status has been changing.

Total foreign exchange reserves in all currencies combined declined 0.6% in the third quarter from the second quarter to $11.66 trillion, according to the IMF’s quarterly COFER data.

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