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BEIJING/SHANGHAI China's central bank on Thursday nudged up money market rates as authorities sought to defuse financial risks without imperilling the economy, a balancing act that they have managed successfully so far this year as activity remained broadly steady.
BEIJING China's industrial output and retail sales grew at a steady pace last month, while fixed asset investment cooled slightly, reinforcing signs of a modest slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy amid a government crackdown on financial risks.
BEIJING Growth in China's property investment cooled in November as an official crackdown on riskier lending and stiffer regulation of the real estate market took effect.
BEIJING Bank lending in China hit a fresh record after a much stronger-than-expected surge in credit in November, even as authorities step up efforts to reduce risks in the financial system from a rapid build-up in debt.
SHANGHAI/BEIJING Speculation is growing that China's central bank will wield a liquidity management tool twice this month for the first time since March, and that has some traders feeling Beijing might tighten policy soon after this week's Federal Reserve meeting.
BEIJING China's producer price inflation slowed to a four-month low in November as factory activity softened due to the government's ongoing efforts to curb pollution, cooling demand from factories for raw materials.
BEIJING China's foreign exchange reserves rose for a 10th straight month in November, though slightly less than market expectations, as tight regulations and a strong yuan continued to discourage capital outflows.
BEIJING China's leaders are likely to maintain this year's growth target of "around 6.5 percent" in 2018, even as they ratchet up efforts to prevent a destabilising build-up of debt in the world's second-largest economy, according to policy sources.
BEIJING A Chinese central bank adviser said on Thursday he expects the government's financial deleveraging to be less forceful next year, a campaign that has weakened credit expansion at a time when the world's second-biggest economy is showing signs of slowing.
BEIJING Chinese authorities have intensified efforts to curb illegal financing for mortgage down payments and asked banks to step up checks on home buyers' income authenticity, the official Xinhua news agency said, amid a drive to rein in financial risks.