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China’s central bank continues cash injections

Updated: May 29,2018 1:32 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s central bank on May 29 injected cash into the interbank monetary market to maintain liquidity.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) conducted 100 billion yuan ($15.62 billion) of seven-day reverse repos and 80 billion yuan of 28-day reverse repos, according to a PBOC statement. Taking into account the 13 billion yuan of reverse repos that matured on May 29, the net injection stood at 50 billion yuan.

A reverse repo is a process by which the central bank purchases securities from commercial banks through bidding, with an agreement to sell them back in the future.

The interest rate for the seven-day reverse repos stood at 2.55 percent, while the rate for 28-day contracts was 2.85 percent.

The PBOC has managed market liquidity through targeted moves rather than across-the-board adjustments of interest rates.

The central bank plans to keep monetary policy prudent and neutral, maintain a stable, reasonable level of liquidity this year, and oversee moderate growth of financial credit and social financing.