China central bank injects funds, second phase of RRR cut takes effect

FILE PHOTO: Headquarters of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, is pictured in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s central bank said on Monday the second phase of a cut in the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) freed about 100 billion yuan ($14.44 billion) worth of long term funds.

In open market operations, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) also injected 150 billion yuan via 14-day reverse repos to “keep liquidity level stable at end-June”, the bank said in a statement on its website. [CN/MMT]

The PBOC announced in May that it would implement a reduction of RRRs for some small- and medium-sized banks in three phases, as part of wider efforts to help companies weather a slowdown in the world’s second largest economy.

The third phase of the RRR cut is scheduled to take effect on July 15.

Reporting by Winni Zhou and David Stanway; editing by Darren Schuettler