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  • Offshore Renminbi – Big Apple, bigger Renminbi - Updated Fri March 7, 2014

    • We add New York to our RGI, reflecting rising Renminbi payment flows and CNH FX turnover • New York enjoys time-zone advantage, massive trade with China, and rising investor interest in the RMB • We summarise the latest Renminbi developments in...

  • 28-Jun – Enjoy it while it lasts - Updated Thu June 27, 2013

    Top 3 data/events • China – Manufacturing PMI is on a weakening trend • Japan – Q2 Tankan survey is likely to show continued improvement • NZD – Revised NZD-USD forecasts • Market focus • EM local markets are likely to consolidate near-ter...

  • Sell USD-CNY 5M NDF vs. existing USD-CNH long - Updated Fri June 14, 2013

    USD-CNH forwards edge up on spot rebound and broad US dollar strength, favouring our USD long • Retreat in CNY’s trade-weighted value on the JPY rebound moderates case for higher USD-CNY fixes • Selling USD-CNY NDF 5M against our existing USD...

  • Buy USD-CNH via 6M forward - Updated Thu May 23, 2013

    The dollar’s broad-based advance has triggered powerful gains in the CNY’s trade-weighted value • China activity data remains lacklustre, undermining the case for further near-term CNY gains versus USD • Long USD in USD-CNH 6M forward would benef...

  • Take profit on short USD-CNY NDF - Updated Mon May 13, 2013

    • Broader US dollar strength may trigger a short-lived rebound in the PBoC’s USD-CNY daily fixes • A shift in the demand-supply balance in the mainland FX market may lift USD-CNY spot • Going forward, we look for opportunities to establish forward...

  • New SAFE rules: Less than meets the eye - Updated Tue May 7, 2013

    • SAFE created a new mechanism to regulate bank NOPs by linking bank FX LDR ratios with the NOP floor • The aggregate necessary increase in NOP is estimated at USD 23bn, a relatively small amount in our view • Stricter scrutiny of trade invoices ...

  • CNY – Band widening likely by end-Q3 - Updated Mon May 6, 2013

    • USD-CNY demand/supply was heavily in favour of sales in Q1, but should be more balanced in Q2 • More balanced demand/supply and new SAFE rules increase the chance of band widening • We see a 33% chance of CNY band widening before the July SED, o...

  • Sell USD-CNY 6M NDF - Updated Fri January 18, 2013

    China trade and activity data is reinforcing the case for new, mild CNY appreciation • USD-CNY fix and spot should compress at some point, while the NDF curve is very flat • Investors should sell USD in the 6M USD-CNY NDF...

  • Take profit on short USD-CNY NDF 1x12M spread - Updated Tue January 15, 2013

    Easing of CNH liquidity conditions has stalled, underpinning CNH and CNY slope spreads • Negative momentum in USD-CNY and USD-CNH forwards is dissipating on slower corporate flows • We close the USD-CNY NDF 1x12M spread trade established on 16...

  • Rolling 1M leg of short 12M-1M USD-CNY NDF trade - Updated Thu November 15, 2012

    Stabilising growth outlook, ample liquidity to trigger multi-quarter slide in USD-AXJ and USD-CNY NDFs • Choppy risk appetite and broader policy trade-offs create context for near-term bounce in USD-CNY fix • We roll maturing short USD-CNY 12M-1...



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