GlobalRMB Quarterly Review, Q1 2017

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  • MSCI slashes weighting in fresh A-share inclusion attempt

    In its latest consultation on A-shares, MSCI has overhauled its plans with a proposal that would see Mainland stocks make up just 0.5% of its Emerging Market index. While the new scheme increases the chance of A-share inclusion, it could be too little and too late for investors.

  • Odds on for MSCI A-shares inclusion, say experts

    MSCI’s new consultation paper has increased the probability of A-shares’ entering the benchmark emerging markets (EM) index in 2017. However, the inclusion’s impact is likely to be long-term rather than immediate.

  • RMB internationalisation is in transition, not reverse

    China has come in for a lot of criticism for introducing more capital controls since the start of the year in order to combat outflows. While such restrictions clearly do not fit under the headline of financial liberalisation, the market needs to understand that they are a necessary evil for China to have enough time to correct economic imbalances.

  • Banks lay out Bond Connect expectations

    Premier Li Keqiang's blessing for a China-Hong Kong Bond Connect scheme is a boost for the accessibility of Chinese bonds. But market participants are looking for clarity on issues across FX, settlement and registration requirements to determine its likely impact and appeal.

  • Bond Connect to use Tradeweb infrastructure

    Tradeweb is working with Hong Kong Exchange (HKEX) to provide the infrastructure for Bond Connect, which will give foreign investors access to the Chinese interbank bond market, GlobalRMB has learned.

  • Bond fund managers encouraged by China’s latest efforts

    Fixed income fund managers have welcomed the recent move by PBoC to allow them into the onshore FX derivatives market, but a few more tweaks to the regulation will help give Beijing what it really craves: a surge in capital inflows to the onshore bond market.

  • Clearstream aims for direct China bond link, says co-CEO

    After launching an indirect connect scheme last October, Deutsche Borse's Clearstream platform is now prepping a direct route into the China interbank bond market (CIBM) for its client base by next year, Philip Brown, the firm's co-CEO, told GlobalRMB.

  • RMB internationalisation: 10 questions for the market, part 1

    Every year, our sister publication Asiamoney carries out an Offshore RMB Poll. As part of that process, the magazine asks the market for its thoughts on important renminbi topics. In this third year, we received around 2,300 valid responses, up 3% on a year ago. The ten questions included a new one on the inclusion of onshore RMB assets in global indices. Here we present the answers to the first five questions.

  • RMB internationalisation: 10 questions for the market, part 2

    Every year, our sister publication Asiamoney carries out an Offshore RMB Poll. As part of that process, the magazine asks the market for its thoughts on important renminbi topics. In this third year, we received around 2,300 valid responses, up 3% on a year ago. The ten questions included a new one on the inclusion of onshore RMB assets in global indices. Here we present the answers to the final five questions.

  • Rusal in no hurry for second Panda

    In its first Panda bond issuance last week, Rusal hit double its target price. With Rmb9bn of issuance limit left on its programme, Oleg Mukhamedshin, deputy CEO of Rusal, told GlobalRMB that the Russian corporate will take its time before returning.

  • Russia ready for renminbi bond, says central bank

    Russia’s renminbi ambitions got a big boost from the appointment of a clearing bank in September 2016 and the first Panda bond by a Russian corporate earlier this month. In a Q&A with GlobalRMB, the Central Bank of Russia says that all the technical preparations are complete for the Finance Ministry to issue its first RMB bond in Moscow — which would inaugurate a new market for so-called ‘Baikal’ bonds.

  • Irish funds prep for RQFII, ETF Connect

    The Irish regulators are looking to facilitate European investments into China, following the award of an RMB qualified foreign institutional investor (RQFII) quota to Ireland as well as prepping for the launch of the China-Hong Kong ETF Connect.

  • Short-termism continues to plague dollar-RMB views

    The renminbi continues to come under pressure, in part as a result of the dollar's continued upward trajectory. But while the Chinese currency is treated with suspicion and even enmity by some stateside, economist say their arguments miss the bigger picture.

  • CIPS upgrade delaying NYC RMB clearing

    The upcoming launch of the second phase of China's cross-border interbank payment system (CIPS) is understood to be delaying the launch of clearing activities in the recently established New York RMB hub, GlobalRMB has learned.

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