What Drives China’s Interbank Market?

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

September 1, 2009

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Summary:

Interest rates in China comprise a mix of both market determined interest rates (interbank rates and bond yields), and regulated interest rates (lending and deposit rates), reflecting China's gradual process of interest rate liberalization. We argue, using a theoretical model and empirical analysis, that the regulation of key retail interest rates diminishes the ability of the market determined rates to act as independent price signals, or as benchmarks for use in asset pricing and monetary policy. Further interest rate liberalization should, therefore, strengthen the information conveyed by movements in interest rates, allowing for the better pricing of risk and capital.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/189

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451873368/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009189

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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