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Launch of CNH HIBOR fixing

The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Treasury Markets Association (TMA) announced today (June 20) that the new CNH Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate fixing (CNH HIBOR fixing) will be launched on next Monday (June 24).

     Following earlier announcement on April 25 about the planned launch of CNH HIBOR fixing, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has selected 16 banks for contribution of interest rate quotes based on their activity levels in Hong Kong's offshore RMB market, and the TMA has appointed these banks as Contributing Banks for a term of one year (see the Annex for the list of Contributing Banks). Thomson Reuters has been designated as the Calculating Agent for the computation and dissemination of the CNH HIBOR fixing.  

     For each of the eight tenors covered, namely overnight, one week, two weeks, one month, two months, three months, six months and 12 months, the fixing will be calculated by averaging the middle quotes after excluding the highest three quotes and lowest three quotes provided by the Contributing Banks. The TMA's fixing of CNH HIBOR will be subject to a governance and surveillance framework endorsed by the HKMA. The HKMA will also oversee the Contributing Banks' internal systems for ensuring the integrity of the quote submissions.

     "The CNH HIBOR fixing will be a significant piece of financial infrastructure for the offshore RMB market. Its launch will support the growth of the RMB market by providing a benchmark for loan facilities.  The fixing will also facilitate the development of a variety of RMB interest rate products, increasing the ability with which market participants can manage the interest rate risk of their RMB businesses," said Chairman of the Executive Board of the TMA and Deputy Chief Executive of the HKMA, Mr Peter Pang.

     The CNH HIBOR fixing will be published on the TMAˇ¦s website at 11.15am Hong Kong time every business day from Monday to Friday.  The fixing as well as Contributing Banks' individual rate submissions will be published at the same time on the Thomson Reuters instrument codes listed on index page (CNHHIBORFIX). Upon the launch of the CNH HIBOR fixing, the TMA will cease to display the individual CNH interbank offered rates currently being provided by 13 banks for publication on the TMA's website.

Ends/Thursday, June 20, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:13


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