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Hong Kong intervenes again to defend peg as greenback strengthens
[HONG KONG] Hong Kong intervened again to defend its currency peg as the greenback rallied after US-China trade talks yielded no progress.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) bought HK$1.77 billion (S$309.7 million) during New York trading hours on Thursday, according to the de facto central bank's page on Bloomberg. That came as the city's currency touched the weak end of its permitted trading band at HK$7.85 for a third day. The aggregate balance will fall to HK$91 billion on Aug 27.
The trade talks between the world's two biggest economies wrapped up on Thursday with no major progress, hours after Beijing and Washington rolled out their latest round of tariffs. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index jumped the most in six weeks.
With the HKMA having resumed interventions last week, analysts are watching to see when efforts to defend the Hong Kong dollar will start driving up borrowing costs in the city. The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise its benchmark lending rate next month, which could pave the path to the first prime rate hike in Hong Kong in at least a decade.