Something’s afoot in the world of RMB.
The renminbi fell on Tuesday by the most in a single day since 2012, dropping 0.35 per cent against the dollar in the onshore market by midday in Shanghai, and 0.7 per cent since Wednesday, as the FT reported.
The market has put this down to an imminent change in China’s foreign exchange regime. The narrative is that the PBOC is preparing to widen the trading band ahead of flotation and is spooking the market intentionally, so that it realises that the RMB goes down as well as up, and that carry-trades are no free lunch.
Not everyone is as convinced. Read more
All eyes are on the US Treasury bond sell-off (the longest drop since 2006 according to Bloomberg).
Given that, we thought it might make sense to throw this little development into the mixing bowl of the theories that are doing the rounds with respect to what’s driving it. Read more
Something is happening in China.
That’s the ominous title of an FX note posted by George Saravelos of Deutsche Bank on Friday morning. Read more
Here’s an item that slipped by us at the end of last week — but not past the
worrisomely workaholic indefatigable Stacy Marie-Ishmael of FT Tilt, who spotted it while on vacation and forwarded it to us. (Thanks.)
From the emerging markets research group at BBVA: Read more
We knew that China’s efforts to internationalise the RMB were moving along nicely, but thus far CNH deposits (yuan held offshore in Hong Kong) are still a relatively small part of China’s total deposit base.
But a new paper from RBS notes that as a percentage of Hong Kong deposits, they’re becoming a big deal indeed, and quickly: Read more
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