China loan rate left unchanged despite speculation of further policy easing to support economic growth

China kept its benchmark loan rate unchanged on Tuesday despite speculation of further policy easing to support economic growth.The loan prime rate (LPR) is seen as China’s de facto benchmark funding cost since a reform in 2019 and is released on the 20th of each month.While the rate is technically decided by a group of 18 banks, the cost is widely regarded to be an indicator for Beijing’s preference on loan rates.China’s e-yuan like ‘double-edged sword’, and mishandling carries big risksThe…

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