Thursday, October 21, 2010

Why Currencies Aren’t the Issue

(CBC News)

As G20 finance ministers prepare for meetings in Seoul starting Friday, economists have been assessing the odds of a global currency war.

In a commentary Tuesday, European banking giant BNP Paribas took the threat seriously enough to try to reassure markets that countries would unite to avoid currency jockeying. “The chance of an agreement has increased as the International Monetary Fund uses its influence to convince G20 participants that an agreement is a must,” it said.

But Perry Sadorsky, associate economics professor at York University’s business school in Toronto, said the rhetoric about currency wars is a distraction from the real threat. “Competitive devaluations of national currencies are a reaction to a more pressing problem,” Sadorsky told CBC News.

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