China Sees Big Loss of RMB Deposit amid Rise of Internet Finance

China Sees Big Loss of RMB Deposit amid Rise of Internet Finance

02-17 16:06 Caijing

Chinese lenders lost CNY94.02 billion in RMB deposit in January from a month ago.

China is losing large amount of RMB deposit as the country’s Internet giants join a race to tap into Chinese wealth explosion.

Chinese lenders lost CNY94.02 billion in RMB deposit in January from a month ago, while M1, the narrow measure of money supply, climbed 1.2 percent year-on-year, compared with a 15.3 percent surge a year ago, the central bank said Saturday.

The loss which was the largest in nearly six years may be a result of the rise of Internet finance as Chinese Internet giants launch wealth management products with more flexibility and higher returns to lure Chinese depositors.

E-commerce giant Alibaba is eyeing longer-term fixed-income investment after Yu’e Bao, its overwhelmingly popular money market fund which offers an annualized return of higher than 6 percent, much higher than the 3.25 percent return offered by the one-year time deposit.

M2, a broad measure of money supply that covers cash in circulation and all deposits, increased 13.2 percent year on year at the end of January, compared with a 15.9 percent growth for the same period last year.

Meanwhile, China’s new yuan-denominated lending reached 1.32 trillion yuan ($216 billion) in January, up 246.9 billion yuan year on year.

China’s social financing, a measure of funds raised by entities through bank credit and other means, amounted to 2.58 trillion yuan last month, surging 1.33 trillion yuan from December and up 39.9 billion yuan from a year earlier, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said in a statement.

Economists, however, forecast the central government will continue to tighten liquidity at a time of economic slowdown and moderate inflation.

The country’s export grew 7.3 percent year-on-year in January, a whopping 26.7 percentages down from the same period last year while CPI, a main gauge of inflation, rose 2.5 percent on a yearly basis in January, coming slightly stronger than expectations.


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