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China’s $708 Billion Race for Cash Adds Pressure for Easing

  • Tax payments, maturing debt and holiday cash reduce liquidity
  • PBOC faces pressure to soothe market concerns in January
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A wall of maturing debt and a surge in seasonal demand for cash will test China’s financial markets this month, putting pressure on the central bank to ensure sufficient liquidity.

Demand for liquidity may total about 4.5 trillion yuan ($708 billion) in January, 18% more than the amount seen last year, according to calculations by Bloomberg based on official data and analysts’ estimates. An increase in the amount of policy loans coming due and demand for cash to be spent during the Lunar New Year, which takes place earlier in 2022, are drivers.