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Icap Launches CNH Benchmark EBS BrokerTec and Icap Information Services (IIS) have launched EBS CNH Benchmark, the first fully electronic, trade-backed reference rate for the offshore Chinese renminbi (CNH) market, according to Icap. The benchmark is published daily at 16:30 Beijing/8:30 GMT, and is timed ...
RMB Sixth Most Popular Payments Currency in June, Down YoY The Chinese Renminbi has seen a slight slowdown in terms of global payments by value in June, being surpassed by the Canadian dollar and standing as the sixth most popular currency, according to Swift. Swift data shows that the RMB ...
Chinese RMB Not a Safe Haven Currency, Study Finds The Chinese offshore convertible renminbi cannot currently be considered a safe haven currency, and neither does it appear to be on the path of becoming one, a study published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas suggests. The study analyses ...
All Quiet on the FX Front – But for How Long? The UK referendum on European Union membership brought with it a wave of volatility and uncertainty, however FX markets have rather settled back since the initial shock. Implied volatility levels are at almost two year lows – lower in fact that ...
RMB Moves Back Up to Fifth in Swift Rankings Data from Swift shows that in July RMB bounced back to its position as the fifth most active currency for global by payments by value, with a share of 1.90%, a slight increase from 1.72% in June 2016. Overall, the data shows that ...
Firms Missing Out on China Boom Despite RMB Uptake Nearly a quarter of global businesses are now using the renminbi (RMB) to trade with China, yet only two in five firms are aware of the trade initiatives being put in place by the Chinese government to facilitate cross-border trading, a HSBC Commercial Banking survey shows. Of the 1,600 decision-makers polled, 24% of companies that are trading with China say they now do so using the renminbi, up from 17% last year. But just 41% said they were aware of the government’s flagship Belt and Road initiatives, intended to generate USD2.5 trillion of cross-border commerce annually through policy and infrastructure developments, including plans to boost trading connectivity.
CFH Systems to Acquire JV Partner in China CFH Systems, which produces online trading services for financial institutions primarily for FX and CFDs, is set to acquire Capital Market Automation Provider's (CMAP) 49% stake in its organisation. CFH formed the joint venture in November 2015, but now says that it has the infrastructure and local market knowledge to continue developing the company alone. Announcing the launch last year, CFH Systems said it formed the joint venture with CMAP to “accelerate market penetration in China”. At the time, the firm said the partnership offered institutional clients the benefits of CFH’s ClearVision technology, combined with CMAP’s local network infrastructure and specialisation in MT4-hosted services.
What’s Next in the RMB Growth Story? With new data showing that RMB trading grew 81.8% over the past three years, Galen Stops looks at the continued development of the currency and the growth of FX trading in the APAC region. The growth of Chinese renminbi (RMB) trading in the global FX market has been well documented by a variety of sources, whether anecdotally by traders, logically by economists or quantifiably by trading venues and other data providers. It was therefore no surprise when the latest Bank for International Settlements (BIS) triennial survey showed that the average daily turnover of RMB has grown from $120 billion in 2013 to $202 billion as of April 2016, an 81.8% increase.
Will Trump Fight the US Treasury Over Currency Manipulation Claims? Donald Trump’s position on the currency manipulation provisions in US trade deals could lead him into direct conflict with US Treasury once he assumes the presidency, according Dick Cunningham, a senior international trade partner at Steptoe & Johnson’s Washington office. Speaking on a webinar examining some of the implications of this week’s US presidential election, Cunningham noted that Trump has vowed to kill the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). One reason why Trump has criticised the TTIP in the past, said Cunningham, was because although it contains a currency manipulation provision, the provision is not enforceable.
Central Banks: Both Killers and Causes of FX Volatility Bob Savage, CEO of CCTrack Solutions, talks to Profit & Loss deputy editor, Galen Stops, about why geopolitical unrest this year hasn’t translated into more FX volatility. This year has been marked by a high degree of geopolitical unrest and uncertainty, with Britain voting to leave the European Union, Italian banks struggling ahead of an important referendum later this year, questions being raised about the future of Europe and a divisive US presidential election. Meanwhile the war in Syria continues, ISIS has not been defeated, Russia is considered to be actively attempting to expand its sphere of influence and there is the suggestion that some long-time US allies in Asia – such as the Philippines – could drift closer in their relations to China in the coming years.
Trump’s Tweets Continue Currency Manipulation Speculation Comments made Sunday by US president-elect Donald Trump on Twitter have sparked fresh speculation as to whether his administration will label China a currency manipulator once he is in office. China lodged a formal complaint to the US government after it emerged that Trump held a phone call with the President of Taiwan on Friday, in breach of decades of diplomatic protocol. “I can tell you that the Chinese side has lodged solemn representations with the relevant party on the US side both in Beijing and Washington. China has got its message across to the world as a whole with regard to Taiwan-related issues. The US side, president-elect Trump's team included, is also fully aware of China's solemn attitude on the issue,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Lu Kang, in a press conference today.
BlackRock Selects HSBC as Custodian in China HSBC Bank (China) has been appointed as the onshore custodian bank for BlackRock, which has been granted approval by Chinese regulators to use the RMB to directly access China’s onshore securities market. Blackrock is the first US-based institutional investor to obtain a Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) license. The RQFII programme provides global investors with direct access to invest into China’s capital markets. In June 2016, China allocated to the US a milestone RQFII quota of RMB250 billion, the largest quota globally outside of Hong Kong.
CLS Signs MOU with Chinese Think Tank CLS Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Institution for Financial Development (NIFD) in China. The MOU defines close cooperation between the two institutions on research and broadening awareness relating to FX, payments and settlement to support the healthy development of the Chinese economy and renminbi internationalisation. CLS’s head of Asia, Rachael Hoey, and NIFD chairman, Professor Li Yang, signed the MOU on Monday, January 23. “China’s financial development would be enhanced by integration with global financial markets and infrastructure to support its important and growing role in the world,” says Hoey.
Solving the RMB Dilemma The Chinese authorities face a range of challenges as they seek to protect the economy in the face of downward RMB pressure. In 2016 the Chinese authorities are assumed to have intervened in the currency markets, not in order to depreciate the RMB but actually to maintain the value of the currency. “The consensus from economists is that there’s going to be downward pressure on the RMB,” noted Shawn Baldwin, chairman of AIA Group, on the opening panel at Profit & Loss Shanghai.
Playing the Long Game in China Despite a bearish outlook on China and its currency right now, panellists at Profit & Loss Shanghai claimed that in the long-term, the fundamentals are in place for RMB development. While China’s economy continues to enjoy growth rates that most fully developed economies could only dream of, the slowing of this growth rate has led to negative sentiment about China from some international investors. “The perception outside of China about China’s economic rebalancing is very critical right now,” said Ivan Shi, a director at Z-Ben Advisors.
EBS BrokerTec Leverages New Yuniti Platform to Make a Play in Asia Following a deal inked in mid-2016 with China’s CFETS for electronic execution services in mainland China, EBS BrokerTec has been actively expanding its footprint and relocating key staff to the region. P&L’s Julie Ros talks with Jeff Ward, global head of EBS Direct and head of EBS BrokerTec in Asia, about the moves. Recognising the potential for growth across Asia Pacific, EBS BrokerTec embarked on a growth plan for the region nearly a year ago, as the company was working on a deal
ICBC Adopts FXall, Electronic Trading After being the first Chinese bank to stream spot CNH prices during the Asian time zone, ICBC (Asia) is now the first Chinese bank to initiate a 24-hour price stream on Thomson Reuters’ FXall platform via Electronic Trading (ET). Thomson Reuters (TR) says the move supports increasing demand from clients of ICBC to price CNH across Asia, as well as facilitate the development and liquidity of the offshore CNH market. FXall and ET are available on FXT, TR’s desktop platform.
Bloomberg Continues Push into China Bloomberg is continuing its push into China with the announcement that Haier Finance has adopted its FX electronic trading platform (FXGO) and Multi-Asset Risk System (MARS). A subsidiary of the Chinese home appliance company Haier Group, Haier Finance provides financial services including deposits and loans, financial advisory, insurance and investment services. The firm officially adopted FXGO and MARS in the third quarter of 2016. "Bloomberg's FX solutions have enhanced our efficiency by allowing us to streamline our workflow from front to back," says Zhang Bing, head of trading at Haier Finance.
RMB Internationalisation: Opportunities and Challenges Celent has released a report today that documents the progress being made in the internationalisation of the renminbi (RMB), and outlines the opportunities that this represents for market participants, as well as the challenges it presents. Discussing how investment managers can benefit from RMB internationalisation, the report says that they should consider adopting new strategies to respond to greater short-term volatility in the currency. It notes that investment managers have traditionally looked to gain from China’s one-way currency appreciation and hold bonds till maturity. “But Chinese regulators’ abandonment of circuit breakers and other protective measures means traditional expectations of regulatory intervention may not hold going forward, opening up more opportunities for short-term price fluctuations,” says the report.
Bernanke: Geopolitics is the Biggest Risk to the Financial System Geopolitics represents the single biggest threat to financial markets, warned Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, at an event in Toronto yesterday. Speaking at the Swell event hosted by Ripple, Bernanke noted that the financial crisis of 2007-2008 was so severe because different elements of the financial system has become so interlinked that stressful conditions in one area soon spread to other parts of the system. However, he argued that the financial markets are systemically safer now and that the biggest threats to these markets come from external sources. 
R5FX, Shanghai Clearing House to Launch FX Trading Platform R5FX and the Shanghai Clearing House (SHCH) will launch a new electronic marketplace next month, in a move which will enable Chinese banks to directly trade offshore RMB with London for the first time.  The platform, called Connect, is due to go-live on 18 December – following confirmation from the People’s Bank of China. Eight Chinese banks will be participating from launch, with further banks and institutions to be added at a later date. The products available for trading in this first phase will be USD/HKD, GBP/USD and EUR/USD. Profit & Loss understands that CNH and the remaining G10 currency pairs may also be added towards the end of Q1 2018.