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China central bank restarts open market operations

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-07-12 17:42
Pedestrians walk past the People's Bank of China (PBOC) headquarters in Beijing, Jan 18, 2016. [Photo/VCG]

BEIJING - China's central bank restarted reverse repo on Thursday to offset the impact of maturing securities after halting such operations for five consecutive working days.

The operation includes 30 billion yuan ($4.5 billion) of seven-day reverse repo priced to yield 2.55 percent, offsetting the 30 billion yuan of maturing contracts on Friday, according to the People's Bank of China.

A reverse repo is a process by which the central bank bids and buys securities from commercial banks, with an agreement to sell back in the future.

The central bank has refrained from open market operations since last Thursday after the central bank reduced the reserve requirement ratio for some commercial banks by 50 basis points, releasing a total of 700 billion yuan into the banking system.

The PBOC said the cut, the third this year following reductions in January and April, was "a targeted, precision regulation" to boost funding for small and micro firms as well as support the debt-to-equity swap program.

China will maintain a prudent and neutral monetary policy in 2018 as it balances growth and risk prevention.

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