Yuan

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.

Let cross-border payments use the yuan says Hong Kong's monetary chief

Yuan business in Hong Kong has made great strides. Photo: Reuters

The move could be followed by a further relaxation of cross-border flows of yuan in both directions, Chan said, in tandem with the liberalisation of the mainland's capital account.

Friday, 22 February, 2013, 5:22am

A peg to the yuan would not solve Hong Kong's property problem

Good defence

When people look for the cause of Hong Kong's property market ills, they often point to the city's currency peg to the US dollar.

Because of the peg Hong Kong automatically imports US interest rates, which at a whisker above zero are far too low for the city's relatively vigorous economy, they argue.

5 Feb 2013 - 5:02am 3 comments

Qianhai - a small zone with a big role

Hong Kong will advise on Qianhai's financial services. Photo: Reuters

Qianhai, in Shenzhen, may be the smallest of the dozen experimental zones on the mainland - which include Nansha in Guangzhou and Hengqin in Zhuhai - but its role is arguably the most significant.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:56am

Make way, not war

Chinese central bank official Yi Gang says the quantitative easing in developed countries is creating uncertainty. Photo: Bloomberg

China's foreign-exchange regulator urged Group of 20 nations to improve collaboration to avoid any so-called currency wars while signalling he is comfortable with the value of the yuan.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:56am

Banks get green light for 2b yuan in cross-border loans for Qianhai

Qianhai special economic zone in Shenzhen. Photo: Reuters

China had announced it would let firms in Qianhai, a US$45 billion special economic zone in Shenzhen, take out yuan loans from banks just across the border in Hong Kong, with tenors and interest rates to be set independently, also a major step towards liberalising the country’s interest rate mechanisms.

29 Jan 2013 - 3:40am 5 comments

Mainland forex regulator warns of big swings in capital flows

Mainland forex regulator warns of big swings in capital flows

The mainland should be prepared for big swings in speculative capital flows amid global economic uncertainties, the country's foreign exchange regulator said yesterday.

26 Jan 2013 - 2:43am

Hong Kong stock market to benefit from new mainland investor scheme

The Hong Kong stock market is poised to receive a windfall from a renewed effort by Beijing to allow more mainland citizens to buy securities listed on overseas exchanges. Photo: AFP

The Hong Kong stock market is poised to receive a windfall from a renewed effort by Beijing to allow more mainland citizens to buy securities listed on overseas exchanges.

13 Jan 2013 - 4:34am

Business Digest, January 10, 2013

Clean-air rules affect all coal power plants

Morgan Stanley, the sixth-largest US bank by assets, plans to eliminate about 1,600 jobs from its investment bank and support staff in coming weeks, a person familiar with the matter said. About half the reductions will be in the US and the rest will affect international employees, the person said. All levels of employees will be affected.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Non-China deals rise to 18pc of Hong Kong yuan trades

Hong Kong handled 1.93 trillion yuan of trade settlements in the currency in the first nine months, exceeding the total for all of 2011. Photo: AFP

Yuan trades between counterparties based outside China rose to 18 per cent of the deals in the currency settled in Hong Kong.

14 Dec 2012 - 5:33pm

Winds of change 'to blow through' China's economy

Workers build walls in Shanghai's Lujiazui financial area. Some predict major economic reform under Xi Jinping's leadership. Photo: Reuters

Despite perceptions that China's new leadership under Xi Jinping will be conservative, some analysts believe Xi's administration-in-waiting seriously intends to undertake economic reforms.

Laura Cha Shih May-leung, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress, is one of those believers.

27 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

ICBC expands in Middle East

Photo: Xinhua

ICBC is easily China's most outward-looking bank...

15 Nov 2012 - 1:29pm

Think tank predicts 5.7 yuan to the US dollar by 2017

Photo: Reuters

The exchange rate of the Chinese yuan against the US dollar will be 5.7 in 2017, Caixin reports, citing a private think tank’s prediction.

7 Nov 2012 - 3:12pm

Beijing says yuan has reached equilibrium against US dollar

Zhou Xiaochuan

China says its currency has approached its equilibrium rate against the US dollar, indicating chances are slim that the yuan will continue rising significantly.

People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan , in a speech delivered in Tokyo on his behalf by one of his deputies, stressed the yuan's valuation is mainly determined by the market, not government intervention.

15 Oct 2012 - 8:36am

China central bank says currency near equilibrium

Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China, stayed away from the IMF meetings, but one of his deputies delivered his remarks on Sunday. Photo: AP

China’s currency has reached its equilibrium rate and its value is mainly determined by the market, rather than intervention, Beijing’s central bank chief said on Sunday, signalling there is little likelihood of major movement in the yuan’s value in the near future.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China fails to set timetable for financial reforms

Blueprint sheds no light.

True to form, mainland policymakers played safe in setting the latest five-year blueprint for the nation's financial sector, with no ambitious deadlines set for important reforms.

2 Oct 2012 - 2:46am