The China Securities Journal recently reported that SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) released its September report. The report showed that the usage of China’s currency (the RMB) in international transactions fell to 1.85 percent. Among all currencies, the RMB was ranked number six for September, down from number five in August (1.94 percent). The report also pointed out that there is no clear relationship between the size of an economy and the usage of its currency in international transactions. The U.S. GDP is 25 percent of the global total, while the U.S. Dollar accounts for nearly 40 percent of all global transactions. China’s GDP takes a 15 percent share in the global economy, but the RMB accounts for less than two percent of the usage internationally. Although many RMB clearing centers have been established across the globe, the internationalization of the Chinese currency seems to have a long way to go to catch up with the Euro or even the British Pound.
Source: China Securities Journal, October 17, 2017