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China wants Yuan to be more flexible

China is seeking to bolster the use of yuan in international trade and finance to reduce the U.S. dollar’s global dominance and curb its own reliance on the currency of the world’s biggest economy. China will press ahead with reforms

Beijing creates a trial zone for yuan convertibility
China Widens Trading Band for Yuan

The Chinese government has agreed to loosen controls somewhat on the yuan and let it fluctuate more widely. As a result, Chinese goods may become more expensive, especially if growth in the yuan’s value accelerates, Purchasers need to keep a

The Link Between China, The Yuan and Commodities

Interesting analysis here: A lot of the immediate impact of China’s decision to allow its currency to float higher is being felt by commodities and commodity producers – as in, they’re going up. Pierre Lapointe, global macro strategist at Brockhouse

7 key factors for US reshoring

After making the case for reshoring in a previous article, PwC identified 7 key factors influencing potential US manufacturing resurgence. Obviously, labor cost is one of those factors but not the only one. “Industrial manufacturers may increasingly rethink their U.S.

RUBBER PRICES ON SLOW RISE

NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Despite recent rise, Rubber prices are still near 6-month lows   |   07.13.16 – Reuters – Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures bounced back on Monday, snapping a four-day losing streak and recovering from a near five-month low hit last

TOKYO RUBBER ENDS UP, AFTER HITTING 2.5 MONTH LOW

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  Rubber is down 20% over the last 4 weeks: time to renegotiate tires and other rubber-based products.   05.25.16 – Tokyo Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures ended higher on Friday, erasing earlier losses on the back of a

COPPER PRICES POST STEEP WEEKLY LOSS ON STRONGER GREENBACK

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Falling Copper costs means opportunities to negotiate lower prices for electric motors, wiring, and plumbing components.   05.13.16 – Copper loses 3.7% of its value COMEX Copper futures ended Friday’s session nearly unchanged at $2.074 per lb.,

CHINA LABOUR COSTS ONLY 4% BELOW U.S.

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  With China’s labor advantage almost gone, you might want to think about bringing manufacturing work back to the U.S.   03.01.16 – Only a 4% gap between costs A recent report estimates that China’s effective labor costs

CHINA SET TO LOSE LEVERAGE AS CHEAP LABOR SOURCE

  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE:  The advantages of sourcing from China are shrinking; savvy purchasers are looking at moving production back to North America.   01.19.16 – Sharp rise in wages will likely lead to further devaluation of the Yuan Presidential hopeful