A Ranking of Currency Manipulators

In my policy brief, “Combating Widespread Currency Manipulation,” I list 20 countries that meet stringent criteria for excess accumulation of foreign exchange reserves designed to hold down the values of their currencies.  The list includes various statistics expressed as a percent of each country’s GDP.  In response to questions, I provide here a ranking of these countries in terms of the dollar value of foreign exchange reserves as of the end of 2011.

One interesting note, although China tops this list, its reserves have been relatively stable over the past 12 months, suggesting a marked change in its behavior.

Foreign exchange reserves of currency manipulators, 2011

(billions of US dollars)

 

 

 

China

3,181

Japan

1,221

Saudi Arabia

526

Russia

441

Taiwan

381

Korea

298

Hong Kong

285

Switzerland

271

Singapore

235

Algeria

181

Thailand

165

Malaysia

129

Libya

97

Denmark

78

Israel

73

Philippines

66

Argentina

40

Angola

27

Azerbaijan

10

Bolivia

10

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