HKMA rejects two-way convertibility - so what?

One way convertibility is set to stay in Hong Kong, suggesting that confidence in the peg has returned.

The Exchange Fund Advisory Committee EFAC of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority HKMA decided on 2 August not to offer an explicit undertaking to sell Hong Kong dollars at the convertibility undertaking rate of HK$7.8 for US$1. The HKMA commits itself, through one-way convertibility, only to buy - but not to sell - Hong Kong dollars at HK$7.8 per US dollar to fend off speculative selling of the Hong Kong dollar. TheĀ EFACs decision of not guaranteeing to sell Hong Kong at the given rate effectively rules out two-way convertibility for the time being.

Why reject two-way convertibility

The EFAC is concerned that two-way convertibility with one exchange...

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