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The internationalisation of the RMB: New starts, jumps and tipping points

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  • Batten, Jonathan A.
  • Szilagyi, Peter G.

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We investigate the process of currency internationalisation of the Chinese Renminbi (RMB). Aggregated cross-border data provided by the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) allows better measurement of the role played by a currency in trade and settlement. RMB transactions are significant and increasing but remain concentrated in key financial centres. Analysis using an asset pricing framework shows that the footprint of Chinese corporations in international markets has at times been significant, with the size of these transactions prompting many to reassess the likely pace of RMB internationalisation and its usage as an alternate vehicle currency.

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  • Batten, Jonathan A. & Szilagyi, Peter G., 2016. "The internationalisation of the RMB: New starts, jumps and tipping points," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 221-238.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ememar:v:28:y:2016:i:c:p:221-238
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ememar.2016.02.006
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    Keywords

    Currency Internationalisation; Financial market development; Renminbi; RMB; Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT);
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    JEL classification:

    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F24 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Remittances
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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