China central bank says it will make policy more flexible and targeted


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BEIJING, Aug 6 (Reuters) - China's central bank said on Thursday it would make its prudent monetary policy more flexible and targeted, and keep liquidity appropriately ample to support economic recovery.

The People's Bank of China (PBOC) said it would maintain a reasonable rise in money supply and total social financing, and ensure banks had the credit supply to match firms' demand for loans to support economic recovery.

"We will comprehensively use and innovate a variety of monetary policy tools, and keep liquidity reasonably ample," the central bank said in its second-quarter monetary policy report.

The central bank will base the strength and pace of its monetary policy on the success of virus control efforts and the economic and financial situation, it said.

Central bank policy adviser Ma Jun said in remarks published on Wednesday that the PBOC does not need to step up its policy easing as an economic recovery is well under way, and further stimulus could stoke property and stock bubbles.

The PBOC said it expected the macro leverage ratio to gradually return to a reasonable level, after allowing the debt level to climb due to economic stimulus.

Central bank officials have said the macro leverage ratio rose 14.5 percentage points in the first quarter.

The PBOC said non-performing loans could rise due to the coronavirus crisis, and commercial banks had been told to conduct stress tests for this and formulate contingency plans.

China will also stabilise land prices, home prices and property market expectations, the PBOC said in the report, posted on its website, reiterating that it would not use the housing market as a short-term stimulus.

(Reporting by Lusha Zhang, Judy Hua and Kevin Yao; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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