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Yuan’s Popularity for Global Payments Hits Highest in Six Years

  • Currency was fourth-most used of all transactions in December
  • The dollar retained top spot last month, followed by euro

The Chinese yuan reasserted itself as one of the most-popular currencies for cross-border payments, notching the fourth spot for the first time since August 2015. 

Activity in the renminbi, as the currency is also called, rose to its second-highest level ever, according to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications. While the Chinese currency made inroads in the rankings, the yuan accounted for about 2.7% of the market versus the dollar at 41%, and has held the top slot since June.