China has made significant progress in its bid to internationalize its currency, the . Several policy and market structure changes implemented by Chinese and other national regulators, as well as by some leading infrastructure providers, are shaping the RMB Internationalization journey.
RMB Internationalization offers numerous benefits to players in capital markets. Investment managers and hedge funds can gain easier and wider access to Chinese assets with high return and better risk management features.
The RMB Internationalization process also has some challenges; for example, rules and practices on issues relating to trading and settlement in China differ significantly from international standards. These issues create operational challenges at a firm level which result in inefficiencies for capital market firms, and hinder faster adoption of the RMB among international participants.
“Developing capabilities to overcome local nuances will likely be operationally difficult and expensive for individual firms,” says Ray. “There is a clear need for more coordinated efforts among market participants at an industry level, and active engagement and coordination with regulatory authorities to resolve them.”
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