China is set to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy in less than a decade, but its currency, the renminbi, still accounts for just a tiny fraction of global trade settlement. While there’s a long way to go before it’s viable as a global reserve currency, we think that the renminbi will challenge the US dollar’s dominance in the Asia-Pacific region sooner than many expect. (more…)
The prospect of currency gains has long been a key attraction for investors seeking exposure to Chinese assets. But this week, The People’s Bank of China said China’s currency, the renminbi, was now close to its “equilibrium value.” We think the currency’s appreciation is far from over, as my colleague Anthony Chan explains below.
Mexican equities have far outperformed Chinese equities over the past 20 years, although China’s economy has left Mexico’s in the dust. Why? China managed its currency tightly, Mexico did not. For more on the relationship between GDP growth and equities—and the investment implications—see my colleague Morgan Harting’s guest post on FT.com.
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With bond yields at historical lows and the risk-free status of many developed countries under question, many investors are looking to diversify the income stream in the defensive part of their strategies. So why are Asian ex Japan bonds typically so underrepresented in fixed-income portfolios? (more…)
A reader of my recent article on dim sum bonds, which was reposted on Seeking Alpha, expressed confusion about what action we recommend. While we are not, per se, making recommendations, here’s a clarification of what I meant. (more…)
The fast-growing market in “dim sum” bonds has been an enticing choice for foreign investors with an appetite for assets denominated in China’s currency, the renminbi. But recent rule changes by Chinese regulators that open the market to further issuance may give investors a bellyache in the near term.