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Myanmar's currency in a state of emergency?
Kyats tragic loss of value in recent month has set off an alarm and confused many. Ironically, not so long ago a powerful Kiev saddened exports ers and those with revenues in overseas forex. It seems that neither a pronounced nor a feeble Kiev is pleasant and it is not an effortless job to make both sides of the world smile.
However, strong currency movements are weakening trust and damaging the country's economic expansion, which Myanmar cannot do. How have these drivers helped this decrease? Wh-what is Kyat's fate? Searching the domestic and foreign press to find out why the country has suffered such a dramatic fall since its IPO in April 2012.
The most common causes are the building industry and the rise in import, both of which are driving US dollars. Others accuse currency gambling and US dollars hoarding, as many in Myanmar are used to.
It is possible that one of them, or all of them, may have helped to overthrow Kyoto. But we still need to question the economics behind these driving forces to tackle the possible political consequences and the Kyats avenue. So what dictates currency conversions? A foreign currency rate, such as the value of any given assets, is defined by their market value and availability.
In principle, this is valid for all foreign currency. Currency systems do not stay for ever and even the value of a currency that is allegedly "fixed" can fluctuate - usually during currency crisis, e.g. in Thailand in 1997. The main source of Kiev export and purchase of Kiev domiciled properties. Apparently, the dollar market comes primarily from imported goods.
Has imported dollars contributed to the fall in the Kyoto Protocol? The International Monetary Fund (IMF) figures show that Myanmar's balance of payments - which represents the gap between Myanmar's trade in goods and services due to Myanmar's insignificant services industry - was broadly even for 1980 and 2010. Yet as 2011 and 2012 export-growth, the pace of growth in the economy was much higher, prompting the economy to have trade balance shortfalls of 4. 2 per cent of GDP and 4 per cent.
Anticipated CA deficit for 2013-14 is 5. Theories of economics dictate that currency parities correct themselves. Having a low national currency encourages export while deterring its import. Higher export would boost demands for Kyoto and, if enough export times are available, this should alter the course of Kyat's fall. Nevertheless, it is possible that while it is possible that these shortfalls can be funded by other forms of inflow of capital, notably from FDI, it is possible that certain states - a prime example being the United States - have sustained high CA deficit levels.
As Myanmar currently has no operating capital market, most of its external capital spending is in the shape of tangible asset holdings. For Myanmar, FDI streams are in excess of the shortfall resulting from the import. According to a recent IMF survey, global stocks will increase further as FDI receipts outbalance a growing CAU.
In view of the interest of potential international investment in Myanmar, this is likely to persist in the near-term. What is Myanmar's balance of payments shortfall? It' s not uncommon for the newly industrialising countries to have high CA balances as more transparency and stronger economy accelerates uptake.
Comparisons with some neighbors with similar trends suggest that the recent fall in the Kyats is due entirely to trading deficiencies. Another interesting way is the budgetary shortfall. Government budgets are causing it to lend funds - or even more so, to press. As a result, the monetary base rises, which in turn generates an inflationary trend and decreases the value of the currency.
Myanmar's 2012 fiscal deficits are estimated at 5.4% of GDP by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Myanmar has no live and solvent sovereign debt markets (a sovereign debt raising mechanism), so a large shortfall would certainly put downward pressures on the value of the country. What is Myanmar like in comparison to other countries?
The ADB figures show that Cambodia's budget deficits will be 5.2% of GDP from 2012. A further cause is the falling price of bullion. In uncertain periods, bullion is used as a hedging against price increases and as an alternate asset class. Even when the bank system is brittle and other investments are in short supply, bullion is still regarded as a secure haven.
It' s useful to remember that Myanmar has reduced its saving rate since the beginning of the cycle and real estate is up. The fall in the price of bullion has made it a very appealing form of investing. On an international scale, the value of bullion is traded in US dollar terms and fell by more than 20% last year.
Large gold speculative buying increases dollar consumption and exacerbates the country's balance of payments shortfall as the powder sets. India, the world's biggest bullion exporter, is facing this problem. As a result of the increasing trading deficits, the India government's trading volume has weakened by about 10 % in the last two month, which corresponds to the fall of the Kyoto Protocol.
In response, India reacted by increasing its tariffs on imports of bullion. Although it is not simple to forecast the development of the price of bullion, it is unlikely that this tendency will persist over a longer term. Should savings ratios (and the price of gold) fall further, this could increase the downward pressures on the Kyoto Protocol.
Whilst the price of bullion is highly fluctuating and out of the reach of the domestic Federal Reserve, low levels of price increases could act as a defensive against it. An IMF update shows that Myanmar's anticipated rate of annual monetary policy is 5.5% for the 2013-14 year. According to Myanmar's historic benchmarks, this can be regarded as low.
Fiscal reform will reinforce Myanmar's financing institution and further develop Myanmar's financing market, and investments will move away from golds. The effects of the slowing down of the China economic situation and the dramatic decline in China's investments in Myanmar in recent years are a missed one. China's investments in Myanmar declined to around 400 million US dollars in 2012, compared to 4 billion US dollars and 8 billion US dollars in the two years before.
The fall will have a detrimental effect on the country's financial balance. The slowdown in China will also have an effect on Myanmar's imports and thus on the state. The effect will be marginal, however, as Myanmar has a large trading shortfall with China (about $3.5 billion in 2011). Myanmar's largest exporter is Thailand (39 units), followed by China (approx. 20 units).
Nonetheless, China accounts for almost 39% of Myanmar's import volume. From this point of view, a devaluation of the value of Kyat and of the value of the Japanese currency is preferable. It' s also doubtful that this could be the reason for the extent of Kyat's fall. There has been little change in the US Dollars Index, a measurement of the value of the US Dollars compared to a baskets of six important European Cities.
Nor has the greenback gained much against Myanmar's neighbors and traders. A number of other issues are important for the devaluation of the currency. Has Myanmar introduced an appropriate system of foreign currency exchanges? Was Myanmar swimming Kyoto too soon? For example, the most appropriate foreign currency rate regimes for a country's commercial interests depend on particular conditions, such as its scale and open-mindedness to foreigners.
We do not have a uniform system of perfect rates of change suitable for all states. Some variable currency translation schemes cannot avoid extremes of volatility. Extremely volatile conditions can pose a danger to external trade-dependent nations with volatile economies and bankers.
Are Kyats in a state of emergency? Forecurrencies appreciate, devaluate, devalue and appreciate, and most nations, especially the less advanced, are not resistant. The Myanmar currency markets are also relatively young and insecure. A relatively large amount of trades could therefore lead to strong price fluctuations.
The task of the Federal Reserve is to strengthen trust in the currency through a solid policy and a pro-active stance to contain speculations. To do so would call for better disclosures and the defence of the currency in a time of crises.