Introduction of Intraday Repo under the Renminbi Liquidity Facility

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

     The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announces today (November 3) the provision of renminbi (RMB) intraday liquidity to Authorized Institutions participating in RMB business (Participating AIs) in Hong Kong with effect from November 10, 2014.

     Under the existing RMB Liquidity Facility, the HKMA provides overnight funds on T+0 basis as well as one-day and one-week funds settled on T+1 basis. In light of the increased volume of payments alongside the growth of the offshore RMB market, the HKMA will provide intraday RMB funds of up to RMB10 billion to assist Participating AIs in managing their RMB liquidity and to promote efficient payment flows in Hong Kong.  This would also provide banks with greater flexibility in managing their payment flows upon the launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect in the future.

     Starting from November 10, 2014, Participating AIs may initiate a sale and repurchase (repo) transaction with the HKMA to obtain intraday RMB funds. The HKMA will charge a fee, based on the actual time of usage, with reference to the prevailing overnight interest rate.  

     The existing list of securities eligible for the existing RMB liquidity facility will be expanded to include RMB bonds issued by China's policy banks in Hong Kong. This expanded list will be applicable for both the new intraday repo and the existing repo tenors. The terms and conditions of the repo for intraday and other tenors are set out at Annexes 1 and 2.

     "The volume of RMB payments has witnessed phenomenal growth in the past few years. In just the last 12 months the average daily transaction volume in the Real Time Gross Settlement system increased by 90 per cent to RMB840 billion. The provision of intraday funding is a major step in assisting banks in Hong Kong to manage the increase in payment flows. This would strengthen the infrastructure of the offshore RMB market in Hong Kong and reinforce the status of Hong Kong as the global hub for offshore RMB business", said the Chief Executive of the HKMA, Mr Norman Chan.

     Participating AIs are welcome to use the intraday repo to meet RMB payments flows. The HKMA will review the terms and conditions of the facility in light of actual operating experience.

Ends/Monday, November 3, 2014
Issued at HKT 12:37