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(Worthy News) - Developing world devaluations have sent global stock markets into a funk and stoked fears of an intensifying global currency war.
In response to China's surprise devaluation of the yuan last week, several emerging market economies have slashed the value of their own currencies to retain their competitiveness.
Kazakhstan’s tenge lost 24 per cent of its value against the dollar after the country’s central bank announced that it would allow the currency to float freely. Meanwhile, South Africa’s rand slid to its weakest level against the dollar in 14 years and Malaysia’s ringgit fell to its lowest level against the greenback in 17 years. Turkey’s lira and the Russian rouble also dropped.
This followed the decision by Vietnam on Wednesday to cut the value of the dong against the dollar by 1 per cent, the country’s third devaluation of the year. Since Beijing's yuan devaluation last week, an index of 20 developing-nation exchange rates has been falling fast. [ Source ]