Interbank Market News Scan: U.S. and Asian foreign exchange rates as of 10:38 AST

Currency Pair7 March 20228 March 20229 March 202210 March 202211 March 2022
USD/CNY6.316646.31891   
USD/JPY114.786115.14   
USD/INR76.33576.8465   
USD/PKR177.85177.986   
USD/BDT84.853284.6922   
USD/SAR3.745243.74524   
USD/SGD1.359681.36246   
USD/MYR4.17554.17553   
USD/VND22,833.922845.3   
Source: OANDA

Biden’s strategy on Ukraine can push Russia to find an alternative to SWIFT and price oil in yuan …

Elected officials and financial analysts have been expressing concerns that China’s currency, the yuan, could become the world’s reserve currency, replacing the American dollar as the go-to currency when seeking out a safer haven of assets like U.S. Treasurys or American real estate. In response to Russia’s invasion into Ukraine last weekend, the United States and a number of its European allies announced an initiative to remove certain banks from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, a financial communications network used by 11,000 financial institutions in 200 countries for the movement of financial transactions. The United States, as a leader of the effort, hopes to hasten Russia’s withdrawal from Ukraine by making it very expensive for Russia to maintain a military presence in the country.

It’s not like Russia has been opting for staying in reactive mode to such a move. Russia and the rest of the world watched as the United States was able to persuade other SWIFT members to give Iran the boot.

Russia has a number of alternatives, albeit slower in today’s world of digital communications including telex, phone, and email. Russia also has the Structured Financial Messaging Solution, a communications system similar to SWIFT but used inside the country.

But what about cross-border payments? SWIFT connected Russian banks to 11,000 other financial institutions in 200 countries. SFMS is not comparable. But suppose Russia was amenable to pricing and selling its oil in yuan versus rubles? That would facilitate the use of a neighbors cross-border payments system–CIPS.

CIPS, the Cross Border Interbank Payments System, facilitates international payments for the People’s Republic of China. Twenty three Russian banks are already connected to the network, connecting these banks with between 1,189 and 1,253 financial institutions in over 100 countries.

And I should mention that the world’s second largest country, India, is also exploring a cross border financial communications network where Russia could be incentivized to circumvent SWIFT by importing more India goods.

Politically, an aggressive move to implement these alternatives to SWIFT could serve to weaken President Biden’s weaponized finance option. If Russia is able to sell oil priced in yuan and China is able to persuade more countries to use yuan for payment of exports, Mr Biden may have to convince his “coalition of the willing” to put boots on the ground to end Mr Putin’s “war of choice.” Mr Biden would also be the president who governed during the dollar’s fall from reserve currency grace.

Alton Drew

01.03.2022

Interbank Market News Scan: U.S. inflation rate at 7.5%

Interbank, United States, Inflation. “In January, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers rose 0.6 percent, seasonally adjusted, and rose 7.5 percent over the last 12 months, not seasonally adjusted. The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.6 percent in January (SA); up 6.0 percent over the year (NSA).” See report here. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Interbank, Pakistan. “The buying rate of 1 SAR to PKR was Rs46.710 and selling rate of 1 SAR to PKR was Rs46.790 in the interbank market on Feb 10, 2022.” See article here. Source: BOL News

Interbank, China. “The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened 84 pips to 6.3653 against the U.S. dollar Wednesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.” See article here. Source: China.org

Interbank, Taiwan. “The central bank has asked exporters to sell their US dollar holdings at different times to avoid causing a sudden appreciation of the NT dollar.” See article here. Source: Taipei Times

Interbank, Japan. “Global shares rose Thursday as investors tried to gauge U.S. inflation, tensions between Russia and Ukraine and the impact of the pandemic.” See article here. Source: News4Jax

Foreign exchange rates of interest as of 8:16 am EDT

EUR/USD=1.1427

GBP/USD=1.3553

USD/MXN=20.5344

USD/GTQ=7.52045

USD/NGN=415.844

USD/GHS=6.36299

USD/VND=22,694.9

USD/JPY=115.45

USD/INR=74.6951

USD/BTC=0.00002

USD/ETH=0.00032

Source: OANDA

Dollar Index (DXY)=95.51

Source: MarketWatch

Interbank market news scan: BIS releases paper on virtual banking; forex rates of interest to Atlanta; Ethereum strengthens slightly

Bank of International Settlements. Today, the Bank of International Settlements released a paper on virtual banking providing insights on the use of information capital as a substitute for tangible capital. The paper argues that information capital, comprised of an enterprise’s or individual’s digital data footprint, can be used as collateral for obtaining credit, thus increasing access to credit by small and medium businesses and low income individuals.

While the paper uses the Hong Kong market as a case study, I believe that if US-based banks and fintechs embarked on the same initiative, the following legal issues may arise. Can information capital be used as collateral when borrowing for the purpose of purchasing foreign currencies? Does the use of information capital raise discrimination issues where biases are embeded in the artificial intelligence programming? Are existing laws sufficient for protecting enterprise or individual data privacy where such data is encompassed in information capital used as collateral?

The link to the BIS paper can be found here.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Yesterday after the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve announced that it would hold its interbank rate for overnight lending between 0 and .25%, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced that the reserve bank’s Open Market Trading Desk would increase its System Open Market Account holding of Treasury securities by at least $20 billion per month and its agency mortgage-backed securities by at least $10 billion per month. This reduced level of purchasing (down from a combined high of $120 billion per month at the beginning of the pandemic) will commence on 14 February 2022.

The link to the New York Fed’s announcement can be found here.

Interbank Market, Pakistan. The rupee held steady against the dollar at Rs176.98 but has been depreciating in value since 1 July 2021. See link to article here.

Foreign exchange rates as of 10:00 am EDT

EUR/USD=1.1282

GBP/USD=1.3500

USD/MXN=20.6258

USD/GTQ=7.5060

USD/NGN=414.7010

USD/GHS=6.1790

USD/VND=22,632.2000

USD/JPY=114.1900

USD/INR=74.8041

USD/BTC=0.00003

USD/ETH=0.00039

Source: OANDA

Foreign exchange rates of interest …

USD-DXY=96.30

The US dollar index strengthened today versus its 2 January 2022 reading. On 4 January 2022, the USD-DXY was at 96.30, up from a reading of 95.73 on 2 January 2022.

USD-MXN=20.5131

The Mexican peso continued its strengthening against the US dollar. On 4 January 2022, the USD-MXN registered at 20.5131, down from the 2 January 2022 level of 20.7538.

USD-INR=74.2541

And like the peso, the Indian rupee also showed some strength over the prior two-day period. The USD-INR printed at 74.2541, down from the 2 January 2022 level of 75.5300.

USD-VND=22,830.2

The Vietnamese dong appeared flat over the 2-day period coming in today at USD-VND=22,830.2 versus the 2 January 2022 exchange rate of 22,838.

USD-NGN=410.627

Finally, Nigeria does not want to be left out of the strengthening game. Today the USD-NGN came in at 410.627, down from 411.450 on 2 January 2022.

Source: OANDA

Alton Drew

4.01.2022

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Foreign exchange rates of interest to Atlanta. Rupee, peso, and dong see some strength.

USD-MXN=20.7538

The Mexican peso has been strengthening against the U.S. dollar since 25 November 2021where the USD-MXN currency pair exchange rate fell from approximately 21.5600 to 20.7538 as of 2 January 2022. Mexicans make up the largest group of foreign-born Georgians, according to the site DataUSA.

USD-INR=75.5300

The Indian rupee has been strengthening against the US dollar since 15 December 2021 where the USD-INR currency pair exchange rate fell from 76.3600 to 75.5300 as of 2 January 2022. Indians make up the second largest group of foreign-born Georgians.

USD-VND=22,838.0

The Vietnamese dong has been strengthening against the US dollar since 7 December 2021 where the USD-VND currency pair exchange rate fell from 23,066.7 to 22,838.0. Vietnamese make up the third largest group of foreign-born Georgians.

Alton Drew

2.01.2022

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Interbank Market News Scan: Libor coming to an end. China’s RMB hopes to take out the dollar …

9 July 2021

Foreign exchange rates of interest …

Currency pairExchange rate
USD/XCDXCD 2.70
USD/MXNMXN 20.0188
USD/JMDJMD 148.6230
USD/DOPDOP 56.6164
USD/HTGHTG 92.0194
USD/NGNNGN 411.2120
USD/GHSGHS 5.9153
Source: OANDA

News links of interest …

Interbank. With the end near for the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday told banks and other financial institutions to stop using the benchmark as soon as possible and mandatorily by December 31 and move to any Alternative Reference Rates (ARR). https://www.business-standard.com/article/finance/rbi-to-banks-phase-out-libor-soon-move-to-alternative-reference-rates-121070900016_1.html

Interbank. The booming collateralized loan obligation market faces a chaotic end to 2021, when the benchmark London interbank offered rate is retired for new loan contracts. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-08/growing-clo-market-has-a-libor-transition-problem-on-horizon?sref=oriheOus Interbank. Sri Lanka’s central bank said it will dip into its foreign exchange reserves to partly repay $1 billion of bonds maturing later this month, seeking to allay investors’ concern about a possible default. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-08/sri-lanka-keeps-rate-on-hold-as-focus-shifts-to-debt-repayment?sref=oriheOus

Foreign exchange, China. The following are the central parity rates of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, against 24 major currencies announced on Friday by the China Foreign Exchange Trade System: Market exchange rates in China — July 9 – Xinhua | English.news.cn (xinhuanet.com)

Foreign exchange. Could the RMB dislodge the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Could the RMB Dislodge the Dollar As a Reserve Currency? – BRINK – Conversations and Insights on Global Business (brinknews.com)

Cryptocurrency.  Why China wants to undermine Bitcoin. Currency and control: why China wants to undermine bitcoin (msn.com)

Cryptocurrency.  The future is far from stateless. Cryptocurrencies’ dream of escaping the global financial system is crumbling | Quinn Slobodian | The Guardian

Interbank market scan: China’s interbank market rate drops; Bitcoin sees a little deceleration …

Links to news you should be following …

India’s foreign-exchange reserves surpassed Russia’s to become the world’s fourth largest, as the South Asian nation’s central bank continues to hoard dollars to cushion the economy against any sudden outflows. India FX Reserves Cross Russia to Become World’s 4th Biggest – Bloomberg

Currency tensions and currency crises are a side effect of many countries failing to manage in the new round of economic globalization that has taken place through increasing flows of multilateral trade and investments that have created a world of currency trades causing economies to depend on global reserve currencies, mainly the US Dollar. Science against Myth (msn.com)

During the past month, the total value locked (TVL) in the Bancor Protocol has more than doubled, surpassing the $1.6 billion mark. Bancor, which serves as a liquidity protocol that enables automated, decentralized exchange, reveals that it managed to break into the top 10 projects in terms of TVL and now generates “the fifth highest revenue” of any protocol on Ethereum (as of March 13, 2021). decentralized finance – Bing News

To add more value to the network’s end-users and keep FinNexus at the industry’s cutting edge, its team has been working extremely hard to introduce new features. FinNexus has been developing its ecosystem on all fronts, expanding an established partnership with ChainLink, striving to add a new decentralized product, and introducing an algorithmic stablecoin-based liquidity pool to its platform.  FinNexus developments take its decentralized options platform to the next level | KnowTechie

The overnight Shanghai Interbank Offered Rate (Shibor), which measures the borrowing cost of China’s interbank market, fell 10.5 basis points to 2.14 percent Tuesday.China’s overnight Shibor interbank rate falls Tuesday – Xinhua | English.news.cn (xinhuanet.com)

Cryptocurrency exchange rates as of 8:35 am EST …

BTC/USD=57,494.80 ETH/USD=1,792.44

BTC/EUR=48,177.40 ETH/EUR=1,501.96

BTC/GBP=41,325.00 ETH/GBP=1,288.34

BTC/AUD=74,221.30 ETH/AUD=2,313.90

BTC/CAD=71,715.70 ETH/CAD=2,235.79

BTC/CHF=53,398.50 ETH/CHF=1,664.74

BTC/JPY=6,274,470.00 ETH/JPY=195,611.00

BTC/CNY=373,759.00 ETH/CNY=11,652.20

Source: OANDA