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China Banks Cut Key Rate by Record to Boost Ailing Economy

  • Five year loan prime rate reduced to 4.45% from 4.6%
  • Mortgage lending and home sales both fell last month
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WATCH: Chinese banks cut a key interest rate for long-term loans by a record amount Enda Curran reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Chinese banks cut a key interest rate for long-term loans by a record amount, a move that would reduce mortgage costs and may help counter weak loan demand caused by a property slump and Covid lockdowns.

The five-year loan prime rate, a reference for home mortgages, was lowered to 4.45% from 4.6%, according to a statement by the People’s Bank of China Friday. That was the largest reduction since a revamp of the rate in 2019. A majority of economists surveyed by Bloomberg had predicted a cut by five to 10 basis points.