Moscow Exchange would halt USD trading if sanctions imposed | Inquirer Business

Moscow Exchange would halt USD trading if sanctions imposed

/ 08:41 AM December 06, 2023

The headquarters of Moscow Exchange in Moscow, Russia

FILE PHOTO: An interior view shows the headquarters of Moscow Exchange in the city of Moscow, Russia, December 14, 2022. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

MOSCOW  – Moscow Exchange, Russia’s largest bourse, said on Tuesday it would halt trading in the U.S. dollar should sanctions be imposed, after Washington targeted another Russian exchange, SPB, with restrictive measures last month.

The U.S. Treasury in early November targeted SPB, Russia’s second-largest stock exchange as part of sweeping new measures that also aim to curb Russia’s future energy capabilities and sanctions evasion. Some Russian market players believe Moscow Exchange could be targeted next.


The sanctions forced SPB, which specializes in trading foreign shares, to halt trading of shares on its exchange and tweak its strategy to focus on settlements in rubles. More than two thirds of clients’ foreign currency funds are now blocked.


“The U.S. dollar will not be traded if there are American sanctions, but it no longer plays such a role in the structure of the exchange‘s FX market (as it used to),” Igor Marich of Moscow Exchange told reporters.

“The central bank in this case can count on the official exchange rate on over-the-counter transactions.”

The USD/RUB currency pair accounted for 78 percent of trading on Moscow Exchange in the first quarter of 2022. In October-November 2023, its share of trading was 32 percent, exchange data showed.

Meanwhile, China’s yuan has become the largest player. From a share of 1 percent in early 2022, CNY/RUB now accounts for 43 percent of trading on Moscow‘s FX market.

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