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People's Bank of China Cuts RRR 50 basis points, Moves to Loosening Bias



February 18, 2012 – Comments (0)

The People's Bank of China (PBOC) announced a 50 basis point reduction in the required reserve ratios (RRR) for deposit taking financial institutions, effective 24th February 2012.  The new required reserve ratios will average 20.50% for large banks, and 18.50% for small banks.  The move is expected to add as much as 400 billion yuan of liquidity to the financial system.  The move marks a shift in the policy bias to loosening, with the PBOC previously being content to use open market operations to adjust liquidity, in contrast to the higher profile RRR.

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