âOur clients typically rely on Reval to provide all market data for their pricing, accounting and risk management needs,â says Tony Singleton, Reval Managing Director, APAC. âOur ability to roll out these new currencies and market data seamlessly into our single-version platform allows those clients that actively trade with China or that have Chinese operations to take advantage of this greater flexibility in RMB settlement.â
Previously, most companies outside and within China had been excluded from settling in RMB, with all trades being settled net of USD in the non-deliverable forward market. Now, over 60,000 mainland Chinese exporters can participate in cross border RMB settlement within any non-Chinese corporate, regardless of where they are domiciled. In addition, two new markets have been developed for cross border transactions and hedging â the onshore deliverable market (currency = CNY) and the offshore deliverable market (currency = CNH).
âSettlement in the local currency is clearly beneficial since local expenses and revenue is typically denominated in RMB, which allows for easier cash-flow management,â explains Blaik Wilson, Vice Chairman of the Hedge Accounting Technical Task Force at Reval.
âForeign corporations can now also accumulate RMB offshore, allowing treasurers to actively manage these funds far more effectively. Companies can buy from Chinese suppliers in local currency, shortening the purchasing or sales lifecycle and enabling suppliers quicker access to tax rebates from the Chinese authorities. This is likely to open up the supplier base to more providers, given many had limited access to foreign currencyâ.