The People’s Bank of China cut the rate on its Medium-term Lending Facility (MLF) today. There was a 600bn MLF maturing. The Bank rolled over 400bn yuan into a fresh 1-year MLF loan. The reduced amount appears in response to the ‘liquidity trap’ unfolding in China where plentiful cash is sloshing about but demand for loans is diminishing:

The rate was dropped to 2.75% from 2.85% previously. The rate on the daily 7-day reverse repo open market operations was dropped also, to 2.0% from 2.1%.

A little after the news of the rate cuts we had July ‘activity’ data published. The data was poor, with a series of misses on estimates. For the property sector specifically the news was just awful (it has been for some time). ICYMI the sector has been imploding under a vast debt load.

Across major FX the USD appreciated on the session.

EUR, AUD, NZD, GBP, CAD are all lower against the dollar. USD/JPY has fallen away on the session but is up from its sub-133.00 lows earlier in the session.

Offshore yuan lost ground on the rate cut news:

usdcnh 15 August 2022 wrap