The Internationalisation of the Renminbi as an Investing and a Funding Currency: Analytics and Prospects

Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR) Research Paper WP No. 01/2015

Pacific Economic Review, Volume 21, Issue 3, August 2016, Pages 295-323

36 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2015 Last revised: 1 Aug 2022

Date Written: January 16, 2015

Abstract

This working paper was written by Dong He (International Monetary Fund), Paul Luk (Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research) and Wenlang Zhang (Hong Kong Monetary Authority).


The use of international currencies in the global financial system is not symmetric: while a few currencies have been primarily used as investing currencies, a few others have mostly served as funding currencies; only a handful have a better balance functioning as both investing and funding currencies. This paper develops a three-currency model to study the determinants of the demand for assets and liabilities denominated in an international currency, and attempts to shed light on the prospects for the renminbi as a budding international currency. We show that interest rate differentials would be only one of the factors shaping the renminbi’s position, while other factors, including the correlation between foreign countries’ economic growth and their bilateral exchange rates against the renminbi, and the correlation between exchange rates of the renminbi with other international currencies, would also be important. A broad interpretation of these findings is that the renminbi will likely be very attractive to investors from high-income economies and fund-raisers from emerging market economies.

Suggested Citation

Submitter, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research, The Internationalisation of the Renminbi as an Investing and a Funding Currency: Analytics and Prospects (January 16, 2015). Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research (HKIMR) Research Paper WP No. 01/2015, Pacific Economic Review, Volume 21, Issue 3, August 2016, Pages 295-323, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2550713 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2550713

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