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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Why is Renminbi (RMB) depreciating again?

The RMB or CNY is depreciating again because of the imposition of China new loan prime rate (LPR).

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-rates-explainer/explainer-how-chinas-new-interest-rate-reforms-will-work-idUSKCN1V90Q8

China is facing tremendous pressure to stimulate its decelerating economy but it doesn't want to reduce its official bank interest rates because this will disrupt its property industry.  Therefore, it has come up with a new LPR which is based on MLF to be used as the benchmark for commercial loans (SMEs) and the LPR is lower than the current lending rate.

Like I said before, the money will flow from a low-interest rate country to a high-interest rate country.  Consequently, there is lesser demand for RMB after the LPR and this causes RMB to depreciate.


1 comment:

Eric Ho said...

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/yuan-falls-fresh-11-lows-091840696.html

RMB falls further after we explained the drop.