Chinese Loans Rise in May

Chinese financial institutions issued 870.8 billion yuan ($140.5 billion) in new yuan loans in May, up from 774.7 billion yuan in April, data from the central bank showed Thursday.

Newly extended loans in May were higher than the 733.3 billion yuan forecast by a Wall Street Journal poll of 15 economists.

Total social financing, a broader measurement of credit in the economy, came to 1.40 trillion yuan in May, down from 1.55 trillion yuan in April.

China’s broadest measure of money supply, M2, was up 13.4% at the end of May compared with a year earlier, higher than the 13.2% rise at the end of April, People’s Bank of China data showed.

The figure was above the median 13% increase forecast by the poll of economists.

M1, the narrow money supply, was up 5.7% on year in May after rising 5.5% on year in April. M0, a measure of currency in circulation, was up 6.7% on year in May after rising 5.4% in April.

via MarketWatch

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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