20 Feb 2024

๐Ÿ“‰ China Yields Staying Stuck at Historic Lows as PBOC Slashes Mortgage Reference Rate!

China has taken bold measures to uplift its struggling property sector by implementing its most substantial reduction in a key mortgage rate to date. The five-year loan prime rate saw a notable cut of 25 basis points, plummeting to a historic low of 3.95%. This move, the largest decrease since the rate's overhaul in 2019, underscores China's commitment to stimulating economic growth through targeted measures. The decision to lower the mortgage reference rate is poised to have far-reaching effects, potentially unlocking opportunities for further economic support initiatives. By enabling more cities to lower their minimum mortgage rates, the rate cut aims to revitalize demand in the sluggish housing market. Moreover, it seeks to address the persistent property crisis, which has cast a shadow on overall economic growth. However, despite these efforts, it is not expected that the rate cut will significantly boost homebuyers' sentiment as home prices are still falling in most cities and wage growth is tepid. Following cut's announcement, market response was subdued, with equities and USDCNH experiencing minimal changes, while 10Y onshore government bond yields saw only slight decreases. How will China emerge from this slow economic agony? Source: Bloomberg


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