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May 18, 2012 Posted by
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) announced the long-expected widening of the USD/CNY daily trading band to +/- 1percent from +/- 0.5 percent effective on April 16.  This move is a significant step towards a more freely traded RMB.Though history indicates that USD/CNY would probably not trade at the new maximum trading band, widening the trading band will allow the USD/CNY exchange rates to be determined more by market forces creating rate fluctuations.
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September 12, 2011 Posted by
The Swiss National Bank has said it would set a minimum exchange rate of 1.20 Swiss francs per euro and committed to sell unlimited amounts of Swiss francs to control how much the franc can gain. This measure is a last-resort response to contain the recent strong appreciation of the Swiss franc due to a huge influx of safe-haven-seeking capital into the currency ...
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FX Outlook; Asia
June 14, 2011 Posted by
A year ago this month, the RMB cross border trade settlement scheme was expanded to 20 Mainland Chinese provinces and cities. Mainland Designated Enterprise (MDE) exporters in these provinces were allowed to settle trade transactions in RMB with any part of the world, while Chinese importers had no restrictions in paying RMB to overseas vendor.
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May 03, 2011 Posted by
The outcome of last week's long-awaited FOMC event confirmed the Fed's continued bias toward an accommodative policy. The verbiage of the Fed statement was little changed and quite close to the market expectations that had developed in the weeks leading to the meeting.
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March 22, 2011 Posted by
The yen's surge in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami may have seemed counter-intuitive at first glance, but it reflected, in part, market speculation that Japanese firms and the Japanese government will repatriate money now invested overseas in order to pay insurance claims and the cost of rebuilding.
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FX Outlook; Asia
February 01, 2011 Posted by
China's effort to create an offshore international market for its currency in Hong Kong has generated huge excitement. Since China liberalized trade settlement and investment rules last July, large amount of CNH (CNY that are freely traded in Hong Kong) has accumulated in Hong Kong's banking system.
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December 08, 2010 Posted by
Last week started with the euro (EUR) plunging to 2½-month lows against the USD amid concern that the Irish bailout was not big enough and contagion fears to other euro zone members. The single currency reversed course to rally in the latter part of the week as the European Central Bank (ECB) announced it would continue to provide liquidity to the system into Q1 2011.
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FX Outlook; Asia
October 19, 2010 Posted by
In light of China's status as the world's largest exporter with the largest trade surplus, undervaluation of the CNY has been criticized by other nations in the latest IMF and G7 meetings. This issue has dragged on for years, but has become increasingly sensitive lately in the face of lingering high unemployment in the U.S. and Europe amid the slow recovery from the recession.
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