Slowdown in RMB appreciation to benefit dim sum market

Panellists at an AsianInvestor/FinanceAsia conference see rising focus on credit quality and expect more issuers to seek credit ratings before launching offshore RMB bonds.
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Renminbi tipped to appreciate 3-4% against the US dollar in 2012
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<div style="text-align: left;"> Renminbi tipped to appreciate 3-4% against the US dollar in 2012 </div>

The realisation during the past few months that the renminbi is not a one-direction currency that will appreciate for all eternity initially sent shockwaves through the markets as international investors suddenly had to factor in potential currency risk when making renminbi-denominated investments.

But participants at a panel discussion about the offshore renminbi bond market in Hong Kong yesterday argued that this new situation could help the market to mature by putting more focus on credit risk. Until now, investors have viewed offshore renminbi bonds also referred to as dim sum bonds or CNH bonds primarily as a renminbi appreciation bet.

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