Chinese yuan, euro, dollar, yen, British pound, yen are the most widely traded currencies in the world, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The Shanghai Composite Index of China’s stock exchanges, for instance, trades at a premium to its benchmark.
The U.S. dollar is a far less popular currency than it was 10 years ago.
“In general, the yuan and the euro are relatively stable currencies,” said Richard Gartenstein-Ross, head of Asia research at the consultancy Panos Capital Partners.
“The yen is fairly volatile but has a very high level of acceptance in the international market.
The dollar has been the preferred currency for Chinese exports.”
The dollar’s appreciation has been driven by an expansion of China-based exports to the U.K., Japan and the European Union.
“There is a lot of momentum for the dollar and it will keep moving higher,” said Chris Piff, senior portfolio manager at BGC Partners in New York.
The euro fell to a two-week low against the greenback on Thursday.
“It’s very difficult to know what the impact of the Brexit vote is going to be for the euro,” said David Schmitt, chief market strategist at Macquarie Group in Sydney.
“If it doesn’t come back down it will likely be negative for euro area growth.”
In terms of the outlook for the Chinese yuan and euro, China is “likely to remain in a bearish mode,” according to a Reuters poll.
“China is a large economy with strong domestic demand and relatively cheap foreign exchange reserves, but it is also facing a steep depreciation of the yuan.”
The yuan is currently trading at around 6.5 per cent, which is well below the 6.9 per cent it hit in April.
The Chinese yuan is “currently the second-largest reserve currency for the world’s largest economy, behind the dollar,” said Stephen Darg, chief currency strategist at Nomura Securities in Tokyo.
“While China’s economy has been gaining momentum over the past year, the government has been increasingly relying on its massive reserves to manage its economy.”
“China’s economy is growing at its slowest pace in decades,” said Daniel Kuehn, chief China economist at the BNP Paribas in London.
“With the yuan still on a steep decline, the central bank will need to continue to use a combination of quantitative easing and capital controls to keep it in check.
China’s export growth is likely to continue its slide over the coming months, and it is unlikely to return to growth rates of 3.5 to 4 per cent,” he said.
“That is a long way from a sustained recovery, so we should see a much weaker economic performance in the near term.”