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China Maintains Stability: Keeps Key Borrowing Rates Steady

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In a move anticipated by market experts, China has decided to maintain its primary borrowing rates, a testament to the steadying economy and a stabilizing currency. The one-year loan prime rate (LPR) remains at 3.45%, and the five-year LPR stands at 4.20%, aligning with market expectations.

This decision follows the recent extension of medium-term policy loans and a consistent interest rate on these loans by the central bank. The rates on these loans significantly influence the LPR, indicating potential shifts in borrowing benchmarks.

The Chinese yuan experienced a decline of over 5% against the dollar this year. Attributed to diverging returns compared to other major economies and an economic slowdown. Authorities are actively working to stabilize the currency against various global currencies.

While borrowing rates have been maintained, some market observers anticipate potential adjustments in the upcoming months, especially for the five-year LPR.

Recent measures aimed at easing property purchases and additional policy support add to this speculation. The property market’s dynamics and unfolding policies pose significant uncertainties for China’s future economic growth.

In August, China surprised the market by maintaining the five-year rate, despite reducing the one-year benchmark lending rate. As the situation evolves, staying tuned to potential alterations in borrowing rates is crucial for investors and economic stakeholders.

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