This undated photo shows the headquarters of the People's Bank of China in Beijing. (SHI YAN / CHINA DAILY)
The Chinese monetary authorities will take various measures to further lower lending rates for companies, even if it means sacrificing part of commercial banks profits, to reduce impact of the novel coronavirus and accelerate production resumption, a central bank official said on Sunday.
The central bank will keep liquidity at a reasonably ample level, which can help to reduce financing costs, and further promote the reform of the loan prime rate (LPR), a new benchmark of lending rate, said Sun Guofeng, head of the monetary policy department of the People's Bank of China, the central bank.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the PBOC has provided 300 billion yuan special re-lending fund, and 500 billion yuan fund through its re-lending and re-discounting mechanisms
The PBOC will lead the banking sector to sacrifice part of their profits to support the real economy, or the non-financial sector, Sun added.
The PBOC official stressed that the benchmark deposit rate will play a key role in the whole interest rates system as heated discussions arose recently on whether the monetary authorities should decrease the one-year deposit rate to ease banks' burden and further boost cheaper loans.
Sun said the central bank will include structural deposit products into the macro-prudential assessment system, to prevent banks lifting up interest rates for attracting deposits. This measure can help to stabilize commercial banks' costs on the liability side.
In February, the general level of lending rates, excluding personal mortgage loans, was at 5.49 percent, 0.61 percentage points lower than that in July 2019, showed the PBOC data.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the PBOC has provided 300 billion yuan special re-lending fund, and 500 billion yuan fund through its re-lending and re-discounting mechanisms.
As of Friday, the central bank has delivered 184 billion yuan of special re-lending fund to commercial banks. Companies enjoyed the real financing cost at about 1.28 percent. And 107.5 billion yuan of the 500 billion yuan fund has been used to support commercial banks, the PBOC said.
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