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China cut benchmark interest rates by 25 basis points.You hear a lot about Chinese rate cuts, but this is a different one.
Most rate cuts are cuts to the reserve requirement ratio, which is a modest move.
This time it’s the first straight up rate cut since 2008.
Futures are ripping higher on the news…
But this is a sign that growth is not happening at the pace that Beijing is looking for.
It will also let banks offer a 20% discount from the benchmark rate.
The news came out right at 7:00 AM ET, right when the Bank of England made its rate announcement. It did nothing.
The PBOC move continues the theme for the week: Central bank activity. The big show is later today when Bernanke speaks on the hill.
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