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China’s Monetary Policy (update)

Posted February 21, 2012 by Editor

[private]China: The PBOC’s Unsurprising Move

  • China’s central bank cut commercial banks’ reserve requirements by an additional 50 basis points.  The move is entirely unsurprising and quite uninformative in a period (January-to-February) when data is particularly difficult to interpret, delayed and distorted by the lunar year calendar.
  • In that context, the bank’s decision looks rather inertial, just one more step in the direction of a looser monetary policy—policymakers’ response to a clear shift of risks away from inflation and in the direction of slower growth.

2-22-12–EMG INDICATORS AND INSIGHTS _China’s Monetary Policy[/private]