The concept of stability in the Chinese currency has been of great interest to investors, especially since the introduction of the People’s Bank of China’s (PBoC) preferred measure of CNY strength, the ‘CFETS index’. As it stands, the official stance of Chinese policymakers is to manage the bilateral exchange rate versus USD such that CNY …read more
This year the RMB has bucked its recent trend and remained broadly stable against the US dollar for the first half of 2017. As the US dollar retraces, the RMB has softened against its main trade partners.
For Policymakers, this is a convenient outcome, though there exists a delicate balance to maintain and the recent change to the PBoC’s fixing mechanism looks to be a reflection of this.
• The recent uptick of Chinese demand for copper and low levels of warehouse stocks give a misleading picture of the state of the copper market.
• Taking a broader view of stocks, we suggest that there is a substantial amount of “missing copper”, large portions of which are held by the Chinese State reserve Bureau (SRB).
• The policy of the latter in 2016 is therefore key to the performance of copper.
• Does the recent weakness and volatility in the CNH spot and short-tenor forward market herald a new era of Chinese capital outflows?
• In this blog post we offer our thoughts on three strategically important questions regarding China’s macroeconomic and FX policy, for which there appears to be little consensus.
• A disaggregation of the decline in foreign exchange reserves and the balance of payments reveal some less sinister causes of reserve drawdowns and capital outflows
• Looking at the bigger picture, we believe China is stuck in an uncomfortable position within the “impossible trinity” and see further exchange rate and capital account liberalisation key factors in finding a new equilibrium.