The Chinese yuan, also known as the renminbi, is already convertible under the current account - the broadest measure of trade in goods and services. However, the capital account, which covers portfolio investment and borrowing, is still closely managed by Beijing because of worries about abrupt capital flows.
The Ministry of Finance said it plans to issue 23 billion yuan (HK$28.9 billion) of offshore yuan bonds in Hong Kong in two batches this year. The total issue size remains the same as last year but the amount available for the public has been slashed to 3 billion yuan from 5.5 billion yuan last year.Monday, 10 June, 2013, 5:03am
The mainland's struggling exporters will look in vain to currency regulators to help them survive a prolonged downturn in demand from their major foreign markets.10 Jun 2013 - 4:52am
Chinese companies looking for a yuan-denominated listing in Hong Kong are getting mixed messages. On one hand, Hong Kong officials are keen on developing the nascent yuan business. On the flip side, however, the city's pool of investible yuan is insufficient to generate a meaningful institutional investor base.10 Jun 2013 - 4:03am
The yuan has continued its strong run, rising to the highest-ever level against the US dollar on Friday, ahead of talks between President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama.10 Jun 2013 - 6:00pm
The yuan could breach another key psychological level this year to trade at 6 to the US dollar as the mainland authorities seem inclined to ease the reins on the currency further.
Spot yuan closed yesterday at 6.1287 per dollar in Shanghai. It has been hitting 19-year highs frequently in the past few months and has strengthened about 1.7 per cent against the dollar since April.6 Jun 2013 - 3:41pm
The mainland's currency, the yuan, headed for its third monthly gain yesterday as the central bank set a record fixing for the currency, fuelling optimism officials will accelerate exchange-rate mechanism changes.1 Jun 2013 - 4:19am
The renminbi has experienced increasing volatility in recent weeks in light of new regulations and strong inflows that have seen the currency touch record highs versus the US dollar. This highlights the interesting challenge faced by Chinese policymakers – how to cool flows of “hot money” while at the same time pushing forward with much-needed reforms.30 May 2013 - 3:00am 1 comment
HSBC Holdings and Standard Chartered sold 1.5 billion yuan (HK$1.9 billion) worth of notes in Singapore yesterday in the first dim sum bond issuances since yuan-clearing became available in the city state.28 May 2013 - 3:05am
A Chinese central bank adviser sees the Renminbi superseding the US dollar as the global currency and predicts full liberalization of China’s capital account between 2015 and 2020, the China Securities Journal reported on Monday.27 May 2013 - 10:44pm 1 comment
ICBC's Singapore branch said it would start yuan clearing bank services for participating banks. That might divert some yuan flows from Hong Kong because another yuan clearing bank in addition to Bank of China (Hong Kong) can now provide the service, said Woody Chan, Citic Bank International's executive vice president and treasurer.25 May 2013 - 2:53am
Average daily volume was 6.5 billion yuan (HK$8.2 billion) so far this year, compared with 1.8 billion yuan for the same period last year, according to the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society. That exceeds the 4.9 billion yuan target set when the contracts were introduced in October 2011.25 May 2013 - 4:44am
The biggest bank in Singapore expects yuan liquidity in the country to grow up to threefold from 100 billion yuan (HK$126 billion) in two to three years after the launch of clearing services for the currency there.22 May 2013 - 4:04am
Great excitement followed Beijing's announcement on Monday that it will draw up an "operational plan" this year for deregulating domestic interest rates and making the yuan fully convertible.
A whole legion of analysts reacted by predicting the liberalisation of China's exchange rate during the next couple of years, and full convertibility within five years.8 May 2013 - 5:20am 1 comment
In a circular to commercial banks the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) introduced for the first time a minimum net open position in US dollars, restricting banks' capacity to lend in the greenback.7 May 2013 - 4:17am
Though hardly a week goes by without news of the increasing international role of the yuan, it tends to be of immediate interest to market professionals because it is so gradual. Beijing's capital account restrictions to safeguard the nation's fragile financial system account for that. Occasionally, however, a landmark development gets wider attention.1 May 2013 - 2:32am 1 comment