October 16, 2019 / 2:17 AM / 2 months ago

RPT-China c.bank conducts MLF but keeps rates unchanged - statement

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SHANGHAI, Oct 16 (Reuters) - China’s central bank extended loans through its medium-term lending facility (MLF) on Wednesday while keeping the lending rate unchanged.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said on its website the interest rate on one-year MLF loans remained at 3.3%, the same as the previous operations.

The PBOC also said it has injected 200 billion yuan ($28 billion) into financial institutions via the liquidity tool.

The central bank usually conducts MLF operations when there is a maturity coming due, but there are no loans maturing on Wednesday.

Some analysts believe that keeping the borrowing costs on medium-term loans unchanged reflects policymakers’ inclination to avoid loosening monetary policy too much lest it stokes a credit binge. ($1 = 7.0966 Chinese yuan) (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk and Shanghai Newsroom Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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