China's devaluation may be bad news for FX industry

August 19, 2015 5:52 AM

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China's devaluation may be bad news for FX industry

LONDON China's currency devaluation should give a shot in the arm to global foreign exchange volumes as traders take advantage of and protect themselves against the surprise surge in volatility, but its longer-term impact on market activity may not be so benign.

Investors with longer-term horizons than a day's trading profit, from pension funds seeking stable returns to companies considering expanding overseas, will be alarmed by the prospect of wild swings in exchange rates triggered by another round of "currency wars".

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