Chinese banks told to be ready for selling dollars in offshore markets

    WORLD  30 September 2022 - 04:30

    China's central bank has asked major state-owned banks to be prepared to sell dollars for the local unit in offshore markets as it steps up efforts to stem the yuan's descent, four sources with knowledge of the matter said.

    State banks were told to ask their offshore branches, including those based in Hong Kong, New York and London, to review their holdings of the offshore yuan and ensure US dollar reserves are ready to be deployed, three of the sources, who declined to be identified, told Reuters.

    The simultaneous selling of dollars and buying of yuan could put a floor under the Chinese currency, which has lost more than 11% to the dollar so far this year and looks set for its biggest annual loss since 1994 when China unified its official and market rates.

    The scale of this round of dollar selling to defend the weakening yuan will be rather big, one of the sources said.

    The People's Bank of China did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

    China's offshore yuan immediately bounced about 200 pips after Reuters' story before the last trading at 7.1849 per dollar as of 0935 GMT.

    While the yuan's depreciation has been gradual and in line with the decline in major currencies against a dollar buoyed by aggressive Federal Reserve monetary tightening, its decline to the weaker side of 7-per-dollar has raised concerns about domestic sentiment and potential capital outflows.

    The offshore yuan moves in lock-step with the onshore unit, but its trading volumes account for about 70% of all yuan FX trades globally, dwarfing the volumes traded on the mainland.

    Chinese authorities have intervened in the past in the offshore yuan market to steer the yuan.

    Caliber.Az




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