FXStreet (Bali) - Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia-Pacific, at Rabobank, review the decision by the PBOC to cut lending rates for loans under the standing lending facility (SLF). Key Quotes "The BOJ opted not to ease yesterday, leaving a gap in the market, so the PBOC eased instead: after all, someone had to give the market another liquidity present." "After the close, the 7-day Standing Lending Facility (SLF) rate for loans to SMEs was slashed from 5.5% to 3.25% and the overnight SLF rate from 4.5% to 2.75%. The PBOC stated this is to create a “market-based interest rate corridor”." "However, given it already has a deposit rate (1.50%) and lending rate (4.35%), as well as reserve requirement ratios (17.50%) as policy tools, and is very open to intervening in a very muscular manner when needed, it’s not clear exactly how the new “market-based” system will actually work." "What we can see is rates in China are heading in one direction – down – even as they are ostensibly liberalised." "Indeed, a Bloomberg story today states that in 2015 USD1.2 trillion (or around 12% of China’s GDP) will have been borrowed just to cover interest payments on debt. Is it any wonder that interest rates need to keep falling? (And recall that with PPI inflation of -5.9% y-o-y, for goods producers the real rate of borrowing is whatever they borrow at plus 5.9%: ouch!)." For more information, read our latest forex news.