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China's central bank injects 120 bln yuan into market Monday

Xinhua News,BEIJING
2020-06-22 12:46

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BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhua) -- China's central bank on Monday pumped cash into the banking system via reverse repos to maintain liquidity.

The People's Bank of China injected a total of 120 billion yuan (about 16.93 billion U.S. dollars) into the market, including 40 billion yuan through seven-day reverse repos at an interest rate of 2.2 percent and 80 billion yuan of 14-day contract at an interest rate of 2.35 percent, according to a statement on the website of the central bank.

The move is intended to maintain stable liquidity in the banking system, the central bank said.

With no reverse repos maturing Monday, this led to a net injection of 120 billion yuan.

A reverse repo is a process in which the central bank purchases securities from commercial banks through bidding, with an agreement to sell them back in the future.

China will pursue a prudent monetary policy in a more flexible and appropriate way, according to this year's government work report.

The country will use a variety of tools including required reserve ratio reductions, interest rate cuts, and re-lending to enable M2 money supply and aggregate financing to grow at notably higher rates than last year, said the report.
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