December 4, 2020

Bilateral Currency Swap Agreements

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According to the People`s Bank of China (PBoC), the step towards the extension of the monetary swap agreement with Europe by the ECB will provide liquidity support for the development of the renminbi market in Europe. The aim is to improve the promotion of the renminbi for global use. Unless China fully opens its capital accounts and strengthens international support for the use of RMBms, BSA partners are unlikely to have a strong incentive to use their swaps; But if China`s internationalization goals; RMB are affected, BSAs will probably have a much stronger influence on trade. This is why swap transactions are now the most frequent in order to guarantee long-term investments and to change the commitment of both parties to interest rates. Companies that trade abroad often use currency swaps to obtain more favourable borrowing rates in domestic currency than they could if they borrowed money from a bank in that country. Currency swets were originally used to circumvent exchange controls, government restrictions on the purchase and/or sale of currencies. Although countries with weak and/or developing economies generally apply exchange controls to limit speculation on their currencies, most developed economies have now abolished controls. Scandinavian economies have made small euro exchange lines available to the surrounding emerging economies to support the financial stability of these countries. The Central Bank of Sweden has agreed to make the euro available to the central banks of Latvia, Estonia and Iceland. Norway provided the euro to Iceland, Denmark euro for Iceland and Latvia. Loans from Sweden and Denmark to Latvia were met “to support Latvia`s financial stability until the IMF programme for Latvia is adopted.” About 80% of latvia`s banking system and 90% of the Estonian banking system are owned by banking groups based in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, which would have resulted in repurcusions in Latvia or Estonia.

Iceland has been working with Sweden, Norway and Denmark since 1952 through the Nordic Council, an inter-parliamentary body; The Nordic countries provided $2.5 billion in loans to Iceland during the financial crisis and swap lines were a natural complement. In the event of a full exchange of capital when the agreement is put in place, the exchange is cancelled on the due date. Currency swap maturities are negotiable for at least 10 years, making them a very flexible method of exchange. Interest rates can be fixed or variable. Currency swets are important financial instruments used by banks, investors and multinationals. Since 2009, China has signed bilateral currency exchange agreements with 32 counterparties.