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China’s central bank injects funds into market via MLF

Updated: Dec 14,2018 1:57 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s central bank on Dec 14 injected 286 billion yuan (about $41.5 billion) into the market via the medium-term lending facility (MLF) to maintain liquidity.

The funds will mature in one year with an interest rate of 3.3 percent, unchanged from previous operations, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said on its website.

The operation effectively rolled over an equal amount of such loans, which matured on Dec 14.

The MLF tool was introduced in 2014 to help commercial and policy banks maintain liquidity by allowing them to borrow from the central bank using securities as collateral.

The PBOC suspended reverse repo operations for the 36th consecutive trading day.

Interbank market showed the overnight Shanghai Interbank Offered Rate (Shibor) on Dec 14, which measures the cost at which banks lend to one another, jumped 13.6 basis points to 2.655 percent, the highest level over the past two weeks. The Shibor rate for one-month loans also climbed 6.6 basis points to 2.966 percent.

The country vowed to maintain control over the floodgates of monetary supply and keep liquidity at a reasonable and ample level, according to a statement issued after a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee in July.