China suspends forex business for some foreign banks: sources | Reuters

“This is part of the PBOC’s expedient means to stabilize the yuan’s exchange rate,” said an executive at a foreign bank contacted separately.

In common with forex markets worldwide, there are no official data on which banks are the most active in trading foreign exchange in China.

The sources, speaking on condition that the banks were not named, said the notices sent to the affected foreign banks by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) gave no reason for the suspension. The Hong Kong-traded offshore yuan hit an intraday low of 6.5965 on Wednesday morning, its weakest since late September 2011.

The sources said the banks might have been targeted due to the large scale of their cross-border forex businesses.

Standard Chartered and DBS, which also conduct trading in foreign exchange in China, did not respond to requests for comment.

The spread between the onshore and offshore markets for the yuan, or renminbi, has been growing since the devaluation, making it increasingly difficult for the central bank to manage its currency and stem an outflow of capital from an economy that is facing its slowest growth in 25 years.. “But I don’t think the authorities will take very strong capital control measures, they are likely to reinforce the existing measures.”

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The latest move comes just three months after the PBOC ordered banks to closely scrutinize clients’ foreign exchange transactions to prevent illicit cross-border currency arbitrage between the offshore and onshore yuan.

The PBOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The move could also ease pressure on the PBOC for direct intervention in offshore markets to support the yuan, which has contributed to a fall of more than $400 billion in China’s foreign exchange reserves this year.

The sources told Reuters that authorities had warned the banks that if they engaged in lucrative carry trade, taking advantage of the different exchange rates, the central bank would move to further block arbitrage channels.

The yuan has come under renewed pressure since late November amid speculation that Beijing would permit more depreciation after the International Monetary Fund announced the currency’s admission into the fund’s basket of reserve currencies.

A 2015 Asiamoney survey asking market participants which brokers they used named Deutsche as the top foreign forex provider in China, followed by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, HSBC, Citigroup and BNP Paribas.

Separately, three financial market sources in Europe said Deutsche Bank was one of the banks to have part of its foreign exchange business in China suspended.

On Wednesday, the country’s foreign exchange regulator also said it would improve its reserve position and contingency plans to curb risks from abnormal cross-border capital flows.

The offshore market has traced a similar pattern. SHANGHAI China’s central bank has suspended at least three foreign banks from conducting some foreign exchange business until the end of March, three sources who had seen the suspension notices told Reuters on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for Deutsche in London declined to comment.

The measure follows a slew of steps taken by the Chinese government to steady the yuan since it devalued the currency in August.

(Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom; Writing by Lu Jianxin, Nathaniel Taplin and John Ruwitch; Additional reporting by Lawrence White and Umesh Desai in Hong Kong, Kevin Yao in Beijing, Patrick Graham in London and Andreas Kroener in Frankfurt; Editing by Will Waterman, Rachel Armstrong and Jane Merriman)

Asked if they had received the central bank’s suspension notice, Citi, HSBC and BNP Paribas declined to comment. There was no immediate response from ANZ.

An economist at a top government think-tank said the measure was a temporary bid to curb demand for dollars that has been strengthening towards the end of the year as the gap between the onshore and offshore yuan exchange rates widens.

The onshore yuan traded in Shanghai has lost 1.44 percent of its value since the end of November, and has repeatedly hit 4-1/2 year lows.

Included among the suspended services are liquidation of spot positions for clients and some other activities related to cross-border, onshore and offshore businesses, the sources said.

“They hope to ease foreign exchange buying pressure and ease depreciation pressure on the yuan,” said the economist who declined to be identified by name

Rachel Fox Earns Spot on Seventeen Magazine's Power Teens List as Day-Trading Actress

Rachel Fox Earns Spot on Seventeen Magazine’s Power Teens List as Day-Trading Actress

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Fox writes about all that she’s learned on her blog, “Fox on Stocks,” with the hope of helping others improve their financial literacy.

So Fox began trading with her own money that she made from acting. I had this understanding and know-how. In her very first year of day-trading, Fox’s returns beat the S&P 500.

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“Arbitrage”: Critics rate Richard Gere’s new film

Peter Debruge of Variety: “Between this cast and the conviction Jarecki brings to the table, the film feels incredibly accomplished for a first feature.”

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone: “Richard Gere’s performance in the sinfully entertaining ‘Arbitrage’ is too good to ignore…he is at the peak of his powers.”

Gere has attracted attention for his acting in the film, with Manohla Dargis of The New York Times noting, “Mr. Pols of TIME: “The main reason to see ‘Arbitrage’ is Gere, whose steady improvement with age (he just turned 63) is not remarked upon enough.”

Christy Lemmire of The Associated Press: “Gere is so charming, so irresistible when he’s on top of the world – when he’s got all those plates humming in unison – that he kind of makes you root for his character to get away with it all.”

Richard Gere in a scene from “Arbitrage.”

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Watch: Gere and Sarandon discuss their new film, “Arbitrage”

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But not everyone agrees. Gere and Sarandon previously appeared together on the big screen in the 2004 romantic comedy “Shall We Dance.”


Kyle Smith of The New York Post gave it 2 out of 4 stars: “‘Arbitrage’ is a decent enough way to spend your time compared to, say, waiting on line at the grocery story.

Mary F. He ends up making a mistake that forces him to turn to an unlikely person for help. But why grade on a curve? Every episode of ‘Law & Order’ I’ve ever seen has a more complicated and plausible plot, punchier dialogue and more New York authenticity, all in less than half the time consumed by this poky would-be finance thriller.”

Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times: “Hitchcock called his most familiar subject ‘The Innocent Man Wrongly Accused.’ Jarecki pumps up the pressure here by giving us a Guilty Man Accurately Accused, and that’s what makes the film so ingeniously involving.”

(CBS News) Richard Gere is back in the shoes of an investor powerhouse, portraying fictional New York hedge fund magnate Robert Miller in “Arbitrage,” which hits theaters today. Clint Eastwood’s chair has a better shot at an Oscar nomination.”

The critics have chimed in on the new Nicholas Jarecki-directed film, with Rotten Tomatoes giving “Arbitrage” a very respectable 81 percent rating. Gere is one of cinema’s great walkers, graced with a suggestively predatory physical suppleness, and he slips through the movie like a panther.

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See what else critics are saying:. All Rights Reserved. Gere, allow me to apply a little buzzicidal ointment. The New York Post’s Klye Smith wrote, “And as for that so-called Oscar buzz for Mr. He’s the film’s most deluxe item.”

The 63-year-old “Pretty Woman” actor stars alongside Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth in the drama about a man desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire